The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr are confirmed to deliver keynote addresses at the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Tex. taking place Feb. 4-7, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. The event is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive educational event and trade show in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries.
Chairman Pai is slated to speak on Wed., Feb. 6 during the NATE UNITE 2019 Awards Luncheon sponsored by T-Mobile. Pai was designated Chairman of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.
Commissioner Carr is scheduled to deliver keynote remarks on the evening of Mon., Feb. 4 to kick-off the event’s welcome reception sponsored by Ericsson and the Texas State Wireless Association. Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017. On January 2, 2019, Carr was reconfirmed as Commissioner by the U.S. Senate for a full term.
“On behalf of the Association’s over 815 member companies, we look forward to welcoming Chairman Pai and Commissioner Carr to NATE UNITE 2019,” stated NATE Trade Show Committee Chairman Joel Hightower of Hightower Communications, Inc. in LaGrange, N.C. “During their tenure of service at the FCC, Chairman Pai and Commissioner Carr have gone above and beyond to conduct visits to tower sites to gain a great understanding and appreciation for the vital role that tower technician crews and the contractor infrastructure community both play in elevating wireless and enabling a connected society. During these keynote addresses, NATE UNITE 2019 attendees will be able to hear first-hand the important role the FCC is playing to help pave the way for a 5G future, close the digital divide by expanding rural broadband deployment opportunities and ensure a safe and efficient broadcast repack transition,” added Hightower.
Former Duck Dynasty TV personality, outdoorsman and author Willie Robertson will also be on hand at the conference and is slated to deliver a keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2019 Keynote Luncheon sponsored by SBA Communications.
Individuals interested in attending NATE UNITE 2019 can sign up the following Registration Link. Attendees interested in participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational are encouraged to register HERE.
The Association noted that the keynote speaker line-up is subject to change and could potentially be impacted by the partial shutdown.
Ajit Pai Biography
Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.
Chairman Pai’s regulatory philosophy is informed by a few simple principles. Rules that reflect these principles will result in more innovation, more investment, better products and services, lower prices, more job creation, and faster economic growth.
- Consumers benefit most from competition, not preemptive regulation. Free markets have delivered more value to American consumers than highly regulated ones.
- No regulatory system should indulge arbitrage; regulators should be skeptical of pleas to regulate rivals, dispense favors, or otherwise afford special treatment.
- Particularly given how rapidly the communications sector is changing, the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics.
- As a creature of Congress, the FCC must respect the law as set forth by the legislature.
The FCC is at its best when it proceeds on the basis of consensus; good communications policy knows no partisan affiliation.
Chairman Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize. In 2010, Pai was one of 55 individuals nationwide chosen for the 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
The son of immigrants from India, Chairman Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas. He now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Janine; son, Alexander; and daughter, Annabelle.
Brendan Carr Biography
Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.
Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.
Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency’s jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm’s appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.
Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr. Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Commissioner Carr lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.