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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said Wednesday morning at an Axios event that his city was dealing with complications of the hype surrounding 5G.

Why it matters: Wireless carriers have heavily pushed 5G with the federal government, but municipal leaders have their own concerns about how the infrastructure-intensive technology will mesh with their communities.

What he's saying:

  • Berke said the 5G hype was "difficult" for his city, which became a poster child for municipal-owned wired broadband.
  • "I think we have to grapple out the policy implications of 5G."
  • He said that "knowing that it’s not going to reach some of our residents" was one of the key questions around the rollout of the wireless technology.

Asked what advice he had for Washington policymakers, he said that "what works in Chattanooga is different from what works in New York City."

  • "A lot more places look like Chattanooga than look like that."

Go deeper: When 5G will arrive

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.