NATE’s in O’Rielly’s corner on common sense obstruction marking provisions

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today applauded FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for his common sense approach to the tower obstruction marking provisions currently confronting the communications tower industry. The broad-based tower marking requirements were part of the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and mandate improved physical markings and/or lighting on towers ranging from 50’ – …

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Houston: We’ve got a problem with Chairman Pai; MasTec takes its firings to the Supremes

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The mayor of the City of Houston has taken FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to task for statements that he made that they state are inaccurate and they want his fellow commissioners to publicly make a correction. City Mayor Sylvester Turner said that Pai’s statement that the city subjected wireless network companies to onerous reviews for purposes of meeting historic preservation …

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USA Telecom Insurance Services takes active role in supporting TIRAP

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USA Telecom Insurance Services (USATIS) has become the National Marketing Partner for Apprenticeship Outreach for the Telecommunication Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). USATIS will be joining the National Sponsor, the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), in the role of expanding this widely-beneficial credentialed apprenticeship program across the wireless industry. TIRAP is a joint venture of telecommunications companies, industry associations, and the …

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Crown sues Rye as SBA’s bread winner sells $12.6 million of his stock; AT&T strike ends

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Crown Castle International has filed a lawsuit against the City of Rye, N.Y. after the City Council rejected a proposal that allowed Crown to install wireless equipment in the community’s rights of way. In its complaint, Crown said Rye improperly refused to grant the company access to public rights of way to expand an existing network of small cells, or …

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Mobilitie allowed everyone to be always streaming as Always Dreaming wins

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Spectators and visitors at the highest-attended sporting event in the U.S. generated the most voice and data traffic in the history of Churchill Downs this past weekend, and the record-setting volume was transmitted without a hitch due to Mobilitie’s beefed-up wireless voice and data system at the venue. More than 263,000 spectators at the Kentucky Derby, where Always Dreaming came …

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FCC vote kicks off battle over regulation of the nation’s internet

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In a 2-1 vote, the FCC today moved forward with a process that could lift Title II broadband classification, the legal footing for the commission’s 2015 net neutrality rules. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stressed that Thursday’s vote is just “the beginning of the process.” In prepared remarks, he stated that the commission would “follow the facts and law where they …

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NWSA’s practical examiner workshops will begin on June 12

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced the scheduling of four additional Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program Workshops for 2017. Attending this event will allow applicants to both complete their practical exam to become certified as a Telecommunications Tower Technician and to become an NWSA-accredited Practical Examiner. As a Practical Examiner, individuals will be authorized to administer practical exams to …

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Ed Dennis teams up with CITCA for training programs and NWSA credentialing

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Steve Wilder, Chief Operating Officer of CITCA, LLC in Bradley, Ill has announced that Ed Dennis has joined the CITCA family of safety professionals. A well-respected name in the tower safety industry, Dennis will serve as an instructor for CITCA classes, and will oversee CITCA’s coordination with NWSA certification programs. He previously served as Director of Safety and Training for Pinpoint Towers in …

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3M Fall Protection issues product stop use on free standing counterweight anchor

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3M US has launched a global Stop Use – Field Service Action to address field reports of broken end-posts (also known a Lead Energy Absorbing Post, or LEAP) used in roof-mounted Evolution Horizontal Lifeline Systems. These fall protection anchors provide a secure tie-off point for those working on flat roof areas, and because they are fall arrest rated for one …

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NATE releases its Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol document

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released its long-awaited  Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Protocol document to assist workers and owners in assessing whether a structure’s anchor system is in a condition that could easily cause a catastrophic incident. Corrosion, an electrochemical process, returns refined steel back to its native state, and a lingering question in the tower industry …

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AT&T’s disaster drill sets stage for providing connectivity during emergencies

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Hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1, and the National Weather Service says an average of three hurricanes hit the U.S. coastline every two years. But each one carries with it different catastrophic results and AT&T says it wants to be prepared for all scenarios, and goes through a number of exercises that put their Network Discovery (NDR) team …

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Simon and DeBroux will chair new FCC broadband deployment working groups

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) working groups. The Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure Working Group will be chaired by Ken Simon, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Crown Castle, and Removing State and Local Regulatory Barriers Working Group’s chairman is Robert DeBroux, Director, Public Policy and Federal Regulatory Affairs, …

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Broadband investment heads south, 5G Michigan trials soar successfully

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Samsung, Cisco deliver multivendor end-to-end 5G trial with Verizon Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Cisco, in partnership with Verizon, today announced the successful deployment of the first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network in the field, which took place in Ann Arbor, a suburb of metropolitan Detroit, Mich. Earlier this year, Verizon announced plans for customer trials of 5G technology for …

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Comcast and Charter jointly explore a speedy entry into wireless market

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Comcast and Charter, both regional cable operators, have announced an agreement to explore potential opportunities for operational cooperation in their respective wireless businesses to accelerate and enhance each company’s ability to participate in the national wireless marketplace.The agreement also forbids each company from making wireless mergers and acquisitions without the other’s consent for one year. The companies, which have each separately …

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Lendlease, a global developer, acquires Parallel Infrastructure and its tower portfolio

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Lendlease, one of the world’s largest development, property, infrastructure, and construction firms, has announce that it has acquired the Parallel Infrastructure portfolio of telecommunications towers and development positions across the United States, from Florida East Coast Industries. Going forward Lendlease will utilize its integrated business model to further create development opportunities focused on telecommunication infrastructure across the region. Denis Hickey, …

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CCA and NATE partner to offer key industry tracks at their conferences

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced a partnership, designed to bring new, exciting content to attendees of both CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention, taking place October 25-27 in Fort Worth, and NATE UNITE 2018, February 19-22 in Nashville. NATE will develop and sponsor a conference track at CCA’s event highlighting infrastructure innovators and opportunities, …

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Verizon and Corning agree to $1.05 billion fiber optic deal

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Corning will sell up to 12.4 million miles of optical fiber to Verizon each year from 2018 through 2020, with a minimum purchase commitment of $1.05 billion, according to an agreement announced today. In a statement, Verizon said the deal would help it meet its rollout schedule for a fiber-optic network in Boston. The company also views fiber as critical for …

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Landa’s mobile towers play a key role in the nation’s missile defense

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During the past week when you heard the words “missile defense,” it’s likely your first thoughts dwelled upon the widening concern by the U.S. over the development of a bevy of new missiles by the erratic North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un and the need for America and other countries to protect themselves from incoming missiles. But there’s another …

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SBA honors Tilson’s Joshua Broder with veteran small business award

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Joshua Broder, CEO of Tilson Technology Management, Inc. has been selected to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year Award for Maine and New England. “Mr. Broder’s leadership at Tilson perfectly demonstrates the transition of skills learned in the military to use in civilian life,” …

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Crown ‘s California fiber miles increase by 1,900 with Wilcon buy

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Crown Castle International Corp. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Wilcon Holdings LLC for approximately $600 million from Pamlico Capital and other unit holders of Wilcon. Wilcon is a fiber services provider that owns approximately 1,900 route miles of fiber, primarily in Los Angeles and San Diego. Pro forma for the proposed acquisition, …

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WIN’s Arizona meeting will feature Women of NATE, safety initiatives

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The National Association of Tower Erector’s (NATE) Wireless Industry Network (WIN) will be hosting a Southwest Regional Meeting on Wed., May 3, 2017 at the Hilton Phoenix Airport in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees. A feature session will be on Women of NATE (WON), presented …

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Alaska’s largest telecom company, GCI, is acquired for $1.12 billion

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General Communication Inc. (GCI), Alaska’s largest telecommunications company, will be acquired by Liberty Ventures Group, a subsidiary of Colorado-based media conglomerate Liberty Interactive Corp., the company announced in a statement. The $1.12 billion buyout allows GCI to expand its already leading position in Alaska and expand to markets outside the state so the company will continue to have staying power …

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AT&T exec Kay Kapoor will head new $15B global organization

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Kay Kapoor, who has led AT&T’s federal business for four year, and the company’s successful efforts to secure the multi-billion-dollar FirstNet public safety network contract, will now head the company’s new Global Public Sector (GPS) business unit as its president. AT&T is consolidating its federal, state and local public sector operations into GPS. AT&T’s public sector sales in 2016, consisting …

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RFS and International Towers partner to provide turnkey repack solutions

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Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer of cable, antenna and tower systems, has announced a partnership with International Towers Incorporated (ITI), a licensed general contractor with over 30 years of experience supporting the national broadcasting industry. Together, the two companies will offer a turnkey equipment and installation solution which will enable broadcasters preparing for the U.S. broadcast …

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TIRAP and NWSA are tied at the hip regarding a safe, qualified workforce

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  Two key industry organizations are continuing to collaborate to achieve common goals of a safe, skilled and qualified telecommunications workforce. Officials from the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), which signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year, met recently at the Safety LMS training facility in  Austin, Tex., as part of …

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Sorley to lead FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee

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FirstNet said it was pleased to announce, after a thorough search by its Board Chair Sue Swenson, and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson,  that Tom Sorley has been selected to serve as the new Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). “We extend heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Tom for serving FirstNet and the PSAC, and are excited about the …

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NATE spreads its wings with new technology membership category

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced that it is offering a new Technology membership category. The Association made the announcement at the 2017 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nev. this week. The NATE Technology membership category is classified for any company whose primary source of revenue is derived from the manufacturing, sales, design and use …

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Stung by hundreds of bees, tower technician is on the mend

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A tower tech has recovered after being stung by hundreds of bees on March 15 in Las Vegas as he was working on a monopalm, according to authorities. The North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a tower on Craig Rd. and Ferrell St. where a crew was working on the site and the bees started stinging them. One worker was …

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TIA releases its 5G Operator Survey 2017 results highlighting industry challenges

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According to a Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) report, within the next two decades, it is predicted that every person, industry, and service provider will be using 5G systems. The paper, an update on TIA’s previous 2015 5G Operator Survey, provides valuable insight into the network operators’ view of the 5G revolution and presents important findings about usage in the near …

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Broadcast repack video is truly a must see for all tower techs

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) released a Broadcast Repack safety video during the NATE UNITE 2017 Keynote Luncheon sponsored by T-Mobile. The timely video is the second to debut as part of Volume 2 of the NATE Climber Connection series and coincides with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently concluding the bidding phase of its historic incentive auction, …

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Black & Veatch exec Martin Travers joins National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced that Martin Travers, Group President of Black & Veatch, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Travers was nominated and formally appointed to serve in this leadership role during the NWSA Board of Directors meeting held in Fort Worth, Tex. on March 2, 2017. NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national non-profit …

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AT&T still mum on what caused its 14-state 911 outage

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The FCC said on Thursday it will investigate why AT&T wireless subscribers in several states could not make emergency 911 calls late Wednesday that spanned at least 14 states. “Every call to 911 must go through,” said Chairman Ajit Pai in a news release. “So when I first learned of yesterday’s outage, I immediately directed FCC staff to contact AT&T …

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Expect new help wanted ads from Dish for satellite/washer/dryer repair techs

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Today, some Dish Networks’ techs are expected to know how to fix a customer’s slow upload speed as well as their washing machine’s spin cycle speeds. Dish has acknowledged that it is consigning some of its technicians to service Samsung washing machines that were recalled last year with the option that the customer could opt to have a repairman fix …

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Tower Family Foundation and NATE announce the 2017 Ernie Jones Memorial Scholarship recipient

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  The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today jointly announced that Elyse Massey, a junior Civil Engineering major from Evansville, Indiana, has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Through her time at the University of Evansville, Elyse Massey has …

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Tower Program Insurance purchases workers comp tower business from All Risks

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All Risks, Ltd. has announced that it has sold its tower program business to Tower Program Insurance Services, Inc. (TPIS) of Austin, Tex.  Scott Hermesmeyer and Patrick Shea will return to Tower Program Insurance Services, Inc and continue to manage this book of business. Hermesmeyer and Shea have been managing the nation’s largest and most successful program dedicated to the …

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Thieves use Ghana president’s seal for removal while heisting cell site batteries

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An incident that appears to be auditioning for the tower industry fake news columns is actually true. In Ghana yesterday, police arrested three men between the ages of 25 and 35 for stealing backup batteries and copper ground wire. The thefts are a frequent occurrence in all countries, but the method that the thieves used to obtain smooth passage through various police checkpoints …

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CITCA, DTS team up to co-market industry training opportunities

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The Communication Industry Training and Certification Academy (CITCA) and Dover Telecommunication Services (DTS) have formed an alliance that will allow both companies to market each other’s training at discounted rates. CITCA offers a complete line of college-based tower erection and safety training programs and services directly related to the communications and wind turbine industries, with training provided at the client …

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Eighteen wireless carrier CEOs urge FCC to revise Mobility Fund ll Plan

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In a letter yesterday to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, 18 wireless carrier CEOs urged the Commission to revise its Mobility Fund II (MFII) plan to ensure sufficient, predictable support for the preservation and deployment of wireless networks. Competitive wireless carriers depend on Universal Service Funding (USF), in addition to their own capital resources, to provide comparable service to their …

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WIA expands frequency coordination operations with addition of microwave

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), which currently provides frequency coordination services to private and public entities, has added microwave frequency coordination to its comprehensive list of frequency coordination services. The new license management and frequency protection and monitoring services include: Point-To-Point Microwave coordination and Part 101 coordination for Multiple Address Systems along with associated Frequency Protection and Monitoring; FAA Studies/FCC …

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Municipal representatives unveil Georgia’s ROW agreement with Mobilitie

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After meeting with representatives of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau last week, city and town leaders from Massachusetts, Georgia and Minnesota, as well as a representative of the National League of Cities, presented them with what they believe could be a model template for telecom installations in public rights of way. During the meeting, they urged the Commission to avoid …

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CWA’s wireless workers at AT&T turn up the heat by alluding to a strike

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Wireless workers at AT&T are planning protests throughout the nation this weekend ahead of their contract expiration on Saturday night. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), representing about 21,000 AT&T wireless workers, is planning to protest in a number of U.S. cities to put pressure on the carrier to have them accept their contract requests. More than 90% of members …

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High winds in Florida topple Jackson County broadcast tower

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When strong winds swept through Jackson County, Fla. late Tuesday, they took down WTOT and WJAQ’s tower in Marianna. WTOT posted a message on their webpage along with a picture of the downed guyed tower saying, “In case you were wondering where your good time oldies are, and your phone APP is not working, well they say a picture is …

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Straight Path secures $17.5 million to help pay off FCC fines

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Straight Path Communications Inc. announced it has secured $17.5 million in new debt financing, expanding the company’s options as it continues to explore strategic alternatives for the company. Last month, the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced a settlement valued in excess of $100 million with the company to resolve an investigation of Straight Path’s failure to deploy wireless services …

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Radio equipment thief arrested who put Tennessee county’s public at risk

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The Perry County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) arrested Frank Thomas Aldridge, 48, of Lobelville on Thursday for stealing radio equipment that disrupted local, state and emergency communications. According to a police report, on or about Dec. 12, 2016, Aldridge made forced entry into a communications tower compound off of Crooked Creek Rd. in Lobelville. The tower site is owned by …

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FCC chief takes first step to increase transparency of rulemakings by releasing documents

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today announced a pilot program designed to dramatically increase the transparency of Commission rulemakings. For the first time, the Chairman is releasing to the public the full text of documents he circulated to his fellow Commissioners for a vote at the FCC’s next Open Meeting on Feb. 23. Traditionally, these documents, and the draft proposals contained …

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AT&T in advanced discussions with powercos to jump to their lines

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AT&T is in advanced discussions with power companies and others to trial Project AirGig in at least two locations by this fall. One location will be in the United States with others to be determined in the coming months. AT&T has experimented with this unique, patented broadband-over-power lines (BPL) technology at their outdoor facility for some time with positive results. …

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GCI mourns death of company co-founder and communications pioneer Bob Walp

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General Communication Inc. (GCI) has announced the passing of Bob Walp, one of the company’s co-founders and its first president. He was 89 years old. A steadfast advocate of competition in the Alaska telecommunications industry, Walp, along with Ron Duncan, founded GCI in 1979. Initially they operated the company from Bob’s small apartment in Anchorage. After battling regulatory and business obstacles, …

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AT&T Mobility, CWA negotiations begin for more than 20,000 employees

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AT&T Mobility began negotiations last week with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on the Mobility Orange contract, covering more than 20,000 Mobility employees in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The contract expires on Feb. 11. The negotiations are expected to cover wages, benefits, pension and work rules. AT&T is the country’s largest employer of full-time union-represented labor. …

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Landmark study of the huge impact of 5G is released

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Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. commissioned and released a landmark study, The 5G Economy, examining the potential economic and social impact of 5G around the world. The study was conducted jointly by research firms IHS Markit, PSB and leading economist Professor Dr. David Teece, director of the Tusher Center at the Haas School …

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Grand Opening of Primus West in Phoenix, Arizona

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Primus, one of the nation’s largest and leading wireless distributors, announced today the grand opening of Primus West, a second fulfil­lment center in Phoenix, Ariz., in the Freeport Industrial Center near Interstate 10/Papago Freeway and the 51st Avenue interchange. The new location boasts 100,000 square feet of warehouse space – more than doubling their current distribution capacity – which allows …

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NATE’s free Train-the-Trainer and Fall Prevention Worker training courses available

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) will be facilitating one Train-the-Trainer Course and twelve Fall Prevention Worker Training Courses throughout the United States in 2017. NATE is pleased to offer these training courses free of charge to members and non-members, and anticipates that the sessions will achieve the Association’s objectives of having a nation-wide impact, helping small businesses establish …

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Coax reel takes off down a highway in the direction of a tower

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A number of Wireless Estimator viewers directed us to a YouTube video of a freewheeling reel of  what they believe is coaxial cable rolling down Route 40, heading east into Uniontown yesterday morning in Fayette County, Pa. You can view it in real-time, 10 times the speed and slow motion. A cell phone video captures the alarming wrong-way travels of …

President Obama renominates FCC Democrat in his final days

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After her term expired and her reappointment was not confirmed by the Senate, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel authored her farewell message on Dec. 30, 2016, stating that “No matter who you are or where you live in this country, you need access to modern communications to have a fair shot at 21st century success.” Rosenworcel may also have a fair …

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FCC spreads the bad news to ‘silent’ Pennsylvania gospel radio station

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The FCC has notified Pentecostal Temple Development Corporation, owner of AM gospel radio station WGBN, on Dec. 29, 2016 that it is liable for a forfeiture in the amount of $25,000 for willful and repeated violations of not cleaning or repainting their antenna structures, failing to maintain antenna structure lighting and failure to file a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). Pentecostal …

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ATC picks up 66 towers while CTI Towers picks up 125 new sites

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American Tower Corporation (ATC) has purchased 66 towers from Brazil’s TIM Cellular S.A., and CTI Towers, Inc. has acquired the marketing rights to 125 commercial properties. ATC paid $8 million for the 66 towers as part of a continuing deal that began in 2014 when TIM said it would sell up to 6,481 towers. Currently, 5,753 towers have been sold. …

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Recycling yard fire takes out an Arizona FM tower in its path

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A fire that started Friday in Nogales, Ariz. was finally extinguished yesterday, but in its wake it took out a communications tower owned by KOFH, La Maxima 99.1 FM, a bilingual news and talk station owned by Oscar Felix Sr. Felix said he was on the air when the station lost its signal and then he noticed the black smoke …

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Welding crew kayos two carriers on Winnipeg airport cell tower

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The U.S. doesn’t have exclusivity of crews burning down monopoles while welding, as witnessed Thursday in Winnipeg, Can. when a cell tower providing services to  MTS and Telus Mobility subscribers caught fire at the Richardson International Airport . An individual, knowledgeable of the incident, informed Wireless Estimator that a crew was cutting new portholes on the monopole when the transmission …

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Eco-Site appoints former American Tower exec to lead site development/operations

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Eco-Site, Inc. (www.eco-site.com), a North Carolina-based wireless tower and densification solutions company, announced the appointment of Scott Lewis to the position of senior vice president, site development and operations. Lewis brings more than 15 years of wireless infrastructure experience in his new role, most recently leading network engineering and deployment for American Tower. Lewis is responsible for creating a single, …

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NATE UNITE 2017 is offering a number of optional courses

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The National Association of Tower erectors is suggesting that you maximize your time during the NATE UNITE 2017 event February 27- March 2 in Fort Worth, Texas by receiving additional training all in one location. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time attendee, these courses offer additional training at a reasonable cost. At this year’s NATE event, the …

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Sprint’s parent company to add 50K new jobs and invest $50 billion

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President-elect Donald Trump said yesterday that SoftBank Group Corp., the parent company of Sprint Corp. will invest $50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the United States. Making the announcement standing next to Masyoshi Son, Sprint Chairman and CEO of SoftBank, which owns more than 80 percent of Sprint, neither Trump nor Son  mentioned Sprint other than Son stating that …

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AT&T and NASA collaborate on drone traffic management systems

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AT&T and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are researching traffic management solutions for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The goal is an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) solution that supports the safe and highly secure operation of drones in the national airspace. AT&T has been working with NASA and other companies to make UAS flight path monitoring, flight …

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Commissioners call on FCC to halt major agency actions

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Republicans yesterday asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop all action on complex or controversial issues during the transition to a new president, stating that Democrats requested the same after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. “During the last presidential transition, the Commission Chairman wisely heeded the will of Congress in setting aside any remaining controversial …

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CS&L to pick up 473 towers and change its name to Uniti Towers

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Little Rock, Ark.-based Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. reported a loss on Monday of $4.1 million during its 2016 third quarter, and said it plans to acquire Network Management Holdings LTD, a private company that owns and operates 359 wireless communications towers in Mexico, Nicaragua and Colombia. The company said it expects to initially pay $65 million for the purchase …

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MUTI’s apprenticeship program highlighted during DoL’s spotlight week

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Midwest Underground Technology Inc./Sabre Industries (MUTI), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, today announced its continued support for Registered Apprenticeship Programs as part of the second annual National Apprenticeship Week. MUTI said it is proud to offer the first registered apprenticeship for Telecommunication Tower Technicians in the country. Going into its second year, the apprenticeship program has trained …

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What you need to know about the new tower safety consensus standards

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Subject matter experts Don Doty and Gordon Lyman conducted a live NATE webinar yesterday, entitled Game Changers! What You Need to Know About the New ANSI/ASSE A10.48 and TIA 322 National Tower Safety Consensus Standards. Through a coordinated and collaborative effort led by NATE, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); along with other key …

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Avant-garde cell tower design has a minor flaw, it won’t work

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An assistant professor of design research at M.I.T. has a unique way to rethink a cell tower’s essential infrastructure by programming building materials — wood, textiles, and synthetic fibers — to respond automatically to external stimuli like heat, cold, light, wind or water. He asks of the next-gen cell tower: “How can we make it change shape, bend, twist, twirl, …

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CCI Antenna wins in CommScope patent dispute

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The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) today denied a petition for Inter Partes Review (IPR) filed by CommScope Technologies LLC, which challenged the validity of CCI Antenna’s U.S. Patent titled “Asymmetrical Beams for Spectrum Efficiency,” and is one of several CCI Antenna’s patents relating to improving sector capacity and throughput in wireless networks. More specifically, the technology covered by …

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American Tower enters Argentina with an undisclosed assets buy

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According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Nov. 9, 2016, American Tower Corporation entered into an agreement to acquire a portfolio of urban telecommunications assets in Argentina, including wireless sites, equipment and fiber assets located on utility infrastructure as well as a number of indoor wireless sites. The Company expects to commence its business in Argentina with this …

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West Chicago telecom fiber optic worker electrocuted

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Authorities in Sterling, Ill. Are investigating the death of a telecommunications company worker who was electrocuted yesterday while working on fiber-optic cable when the bucket on his truck came into contact with ComED power line. Robert Zulauf, 32, owner of Zucru Communications, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 1 pm., according to the Whiteside County Coroner’s office. Another …

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New lighting standards helped tower owners to lower bird kill; 15,000 still left

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New guidelines for communication tower lights spell out how tower operators can save birds and energy without sacrificing safety. Put in place by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the guidelines strongly encourage tower operators to turn off or reprogram steady-burning red or white lights in favor of flashing lights, which are less harmful to birds yet still …

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Concerns about anchor corrosion detailed in new NATE video

In Associations News, Daily News Briefs, Training News & Initiatives by Wireless Estimator

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled an Anchor Corrosion video as part of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection campaign. The video provides detailed information on the conditions and factors that contribute to anchor corrosion on guyed-towers. The video also includes practical testimonial footage from a tower climber highlighting the options available to the industry to mitigate and …

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TIA and OSHA explore new standards and serious safety climb concerns

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The Telecommunications Industry Association and representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administrating met in Washington DC to hold productive roundtable discussions to gain a better understanding of applying new TIA standards to communications structures. Developing and presenting the detailed presentation, available here, were John Erichsen, Bryan Lanier, Stephani Brewer, Scott Kisting, Richard Cullum and James Ruedlinger. In addition to …

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AT&T’s utility pole claims are rebutted by the FCC

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The Federal Communications Commission issued a statement Monday related to a lawsuit filed by AT&T (Bell South) against Louisville, Ky., stating that the city’s One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) policy, a pole attachment ordinance, does not conflict with federal regulations. Kentucky is one of 20 states that have certified that they regulate their own pole attachment terms and conditions that …

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Centerline Solutions continues expansion with acquisition of Boulder Technology

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Centerline Solutions, a leading provider of wireless infrastructure services to the telecommunications industry, has acquired Boulder Technology, LLC., an expert software design and development firm based in Boulder, Colo. This acquisition bolsters Centerline Solutions’ leadership position within the wireless industry by securing an in-house technical team to meet the evolving software needs for complex wireless projects. Centerline Solutions and Boulder …

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NAB says FCC’s 39-month deadline has painted agency into corners

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The National Association of Broadcasts (NAB) said Friday that it is in agreement with the FCC’s phased approach to transition TV stations to new channels following the incentive auction which will begin again today to clear 108 megahertz of spectrum. However, NAB said, “Unfortunately, while there is much promise in the proposed scheduling plan, the Commission’s continued insistence that the …

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Contract award delayed as FirstNet ‘gets this right’

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FirstNet’s expected announcement today of who was selected to build out the nationwide first responder communications network has been put on hold, according to a recent blog post by FirstNetCEO Mike Poth who said the selection process was taking longer than expected and would extend beyond a Nov. 1 2016 target date. “From the outset, FirstNet set an aggressive schedule for …

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Guyed tower collapse was an accidental early decommissioning

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A 340-foot tall tower at the West Palm Beach, Fla. city’s water treatment plant crashed to the ground this morning after a worker’s tractor clipped one of its guy wires. Two trucks parked at the Banyan Boulevard plant were crushed but no one was injured and city emergency communications were not interrupted, city officials said. The tractor was moving sludge …

RCom to sell majority ownership of 43,000 towers to Canadian-based Brookfield

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India-based Reliance Communications (RCom) has signed an agreement with Canada’s Brookfield Infrastructure group to sell a 54% stake in the company’s tower unit comprised of 43,400 towers for $1.65 billion. American Tower Corporation reportedly had been looking to also acquire RCom’s portfolio. The remaining 49% will be owned by RCom which will continue to be an anchor tenant on the structures. …

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‘Cocoon’ allows a 24-hour work day on ESB antenna installation

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Empire State Realty Trust has announced another innovation at the Empire State Building (ESB) where a new project is underway to install a new auxiliary Master FM Radio antenna on its famed tower. An innovative, protective construction cocoon at the base of ESB’s antenna tower has avoided impact on day-to-day operations of the building. The cocoon extends the once limited …

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Horizontal lifeline energy absorber recall announced by 3M

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Wireless Estimator has been notified by 3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) that there was a production issue with a number of its Zorbit Energy Absorbers that could create a risk of serious injury or death for the user in the event of a fall from height. The Zorbit is used with horizontal lifeline systems. 3M said that although there …

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Newest STAR Initiative contractor participants unveiled by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the member companies who have been formally approved to participate in the STAR Initiative program for the 2016-2017 year. “Companies involved in the STAR Initiative program have demonstrated that they are the cream of the crop and this year’s participants certainly live up to the high standards NATE has established through …

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STAC’s conference/expo registration discount expiring soon

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The Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) has announced that it will host its 2nd annual conference on March 29-30, 2017 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, and its early registration discount will expire on Nov. 18, 2016. Building off the overwhelming success of STAC’s inaugural conference last spring, the STAC 2017 Conference & Exhibition is …

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New ANSI/SSE A10.48 standard now available for purchase from NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) A10.48-2016 Standard is now available for purchase on the Association’s website. The A10.48 Standard – Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures is a game changer for the industry as it has …

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New pivoting and swivel RRU mounts provide ease of radio head installs and maintenance

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Connect-It Wireless Components, a leading manufacturer and supplier of thousands of site hardware and component products, has introduced its newest industry offerings, pivoting and swivel RRU mounts to keep remote radio heads close to the antennas and allow for easy maintenance and simplified installations with the included mounting arms that swivel the radio heads to a single face. The mount, …

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NATE releases safety video on night climbing precautions

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled a Night Climbing Safety Video as part of the Association’s popular Climber Connection campaign. The video highlights practical safety tips for conducting elevated work at night and includes insightful testimonial footage from a tower climber discussing the extra steps and precautionary measures that must be incorporated at the tower-site when working …

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NAB’s Sam Matheny appointed to Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Sam Matheny, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has joined the organization’s Board of Governors. The organization made the announcement from NWSA stakeholder meetings that are being held in Dallas, Texas this week. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization …

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Carolinas Wireless Association cancels its meeting in Charlotte over riot concerns

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Due to the riots in Charlotte, N.C., the Carolinas Wireless Association (CWA) postponed its event schedule for this evening at the Whitewater Center. Although the meeting location is approximately 15 miles from downtown Charlotte, organizers were concerned that their membership could be in danger if riots continued this evening in protest of the killing of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by …

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Pittsburg communications confab focused upon industry safety issues

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Safety officials from carriers, tower owners, regulators and training companies converged in Pittsburg, Pa. last week at the 2016 Environmental, Health & Safety Communications Panel (EHSCP) symposium hosted this year by Crown Castle. A wide variety of topics related directly to the communications industry were presenting during the well-attended sessions. A panel discussion on the upcoming Washington State Standard, was …

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Univision deal adds 66 broadcast towers to Vertical Bridge’s portfolio

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Vertical Bridge, one of the largest private owners and managers of wireless communications infrastructure in the U.S, today announced that it has signed an exclusive five-year agreement with Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) to manage a portfolio of 66 premium broadcast towers in key markets located across the United States.  Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Vertical Bridge’s portfolio …

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Verizon Exec Laurie Gebhardt joins National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Laurie Gebhardt, Director – Network Engineering and Operations at Verizon Wireless, has joined the organization’s Board of Governors. The NWSA’s leadership made the announcement at the 2016 CTIA Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that has been established to provide …

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Firefighters provide a successful heat-related rescue of tower tech

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A tower tech was rescued by the Berwick, Louisiana Fire Department Wednesday afternoon after they received a report that he was suffering from heat exhaustion on top of a 100-foot self support tower at the Jesse Fontenot Boat Landing. Authorities said Gary Leger, 39, of Patterson, was overcome by the high temperatures and when he was unable to descent the tower …

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Cell tower copper thief drowns in the Savannah River while trying to elude police

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Rather than risking jail time, a Georgia man tried to elude police and drowned after he allegedly stole copper from a cell tower in South Carolina The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call about 7 a.m. on Monday about a suspicious vehicle near the cell tower off of Purrysburg Rd. in Hardeeville. Sheriff’s officers spotted 31-year-old Maurice …

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Monopole is totaled in Utah after a welding crew ignites it

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Update: September 2, 2016  – According to West Valley City Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Fox, the monopole fire was caused by a tower crew that had been welding on the structure. He said the tower was stabilized last night, but high winds created difficulties for the crew trying to dismantle it. Firefighters with the Unified Fire Authority extinguished a cell tower …

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NATE unveils RF and antenna identification safety video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a RF & Antenna Identification Safety Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The video outlines the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) guidelines for maximum permissible RF exposure limits in both controlled and uncontrolled environments. The segment also features testimonial footage of a tower technician discussing the thermal and …

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Digital Bridge’s CEO and his spouse solve capacity problems with a $27 million check

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Marc Ganzi, co-founder and CEO of Digital Bridge Holdings, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and oftentimes drills down to meeting capacity needs from a fiber-based architecture connected to macro sites, small cells and Wi-Fi. So when the Palm Beach Post quoted Ganzi as stating “We needed more capacity,” it would be expected that he was ready to again …

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Dycom Industries’ stock falls on a downbeat outlook for Goodman Networks revenue

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Shares of Palm Beach, Fla.-based Dycom Industries fell another 1.5% today to $83.61 after falling almost 7.5% on heavy trading volume Wednesday after the company posted solid results for the 2016 fiscal fourth quarter, but gave a downbeat outlook for Goodman Networks revenue. Dycom acquired certain telecom-related assets of Goodman Networks’ wireline and wireless network deployment businesses for about $107.5 …

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Tower Family Foundation and W4W benefit from golf tournament sponsored by T-Mobile

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  The Tower Family Foundation and Warriors4Wireless were each recipients of a $60,000 contribution from T-Mobile’s National Development team following its 3rd Annual Golf Tournament held on Wednesday, August 17 in Newcastle, Washington. The Tower Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and scholarships to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower …

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Military strikes target ISIL communications towers in Iraq

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U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Fighter aircraft and rocket artillery conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government. Near Baghdad, a strike destroyed an ISIL repeater tower. Near Qayyarah, …

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FirstNet awards eight grants for public safety agencies relocating from Band 14 spectrum

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the funding of eight awards for its Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant Program (Band 14 Program).  This program provides financial assistance to eligible public safety entities for relocating their existing radios and systems from Band 14 in advance of the deployment and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).  It …

Pennsylvania Wireless Association and NATE host popular networking reception

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  Last night, the Pennsylvania Wireless Association (PWA) and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) partnered to co-host a wireless industry networking reception. The event was held at the Sienna Mercato Italian Restaurant’s Il Tetto Rooftop Garden in downtown Pittsburgh. The reception venue is renowned for boasting some of the best and most unique views of the “Steel City”. The PWA-NATE event was …

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NATE’s weather conditions video couldn’t be any timelier

In Associations News, Daily News Briefs by Wireless Estimator

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Weather Conditions Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. With extreme heat warnings being issued across the nation today, it provides a timely opportunity to review it and ensure that you and your co-workers remain safe. The video features testimonial footage of a tower technician discussing the …

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Lease buyout firm Unison cuts back its staff while selling off some assets

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Cell site lease buyout firm Unison Site Management has sold 760 leases to competitor Melody Wireless Infrastructure for an undisclosed amount, according to a press release from Melody. Omar Jaffrey, Managing Partner at Melody Capital Partners, and CEO of Melody Wireless Infrastructure stated: “This latest acquisition will solidify Melody’s presence within the wireless infrastructure ecosystem and directly aligns with our …

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NWSA honors AT&T, Black & Veatch and Teltech Communications as meeting sponsors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has recognized AT&T, Black & Veatch and TelTech Communications today for their instrumental role in hosting and sponsoring the recent NWSA Subject Matter Expert Task Force meetings that were held in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. From December 2015 through June 2016, the NWSA Telecommunications Tower Technician Task Force met at three venues to work on …

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Tower copper thief chased, tackled and hogtied by business owners

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Tower owner Crown Castle and its tenants can thank three Washington men for stopping a copper theft in progress when they observed a suspect stealing wire from a monopole compound and kept the destruction at a minimum According to police, a Maryville business owner had been experiencing a raft of burglaries, theft and vandalism, and had workers patrol the perimeter …

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Top U.S. towercos eyeing Deutsche Telekom’s towers in Germany

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As America gets ready to celebrate Independence Day on Monday, considered by some to be the original Brexit,  Deutsche Telekom is prepping the sale of thousands of its German towers in a potential $5.5 billion deal. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanly are organizing the sale of the structures. SBA Communications, American Tower and Crown Castle are on the invite list, according to …

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By cutting crew climbs, Anritsu lowers the cost of testing remote radio heads on towers

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Anritsu Company has introduced CPRI RF measurement capability in its market-leading E series of Site Master™, Spectrum Master™, and Cell Master™ handheld field analyzers that dramatically simplifies and lowers the cost of testing Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) installed atop 4G towers. Solidifying Anritsu’s position as the industry leader in field test solutions, the new option reduces network OpEx by allowing wireless …

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Hillary Clinton’s goal is to close the digital divide by 2020

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In a major tech policy speech, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday promised to work toward providing broadband access to all US homes by 2020, backed investments in next-generation wireless systems and supported the new Title II rules for net neutrality. “I intend to make sure we do what we did with electricity in my grandparents’ generation — we connect every home …

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New fall protection book addresses a $5.4 billion per year problem

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As the battle against falls from height rages on in the workplace, falls remain a leading cause of work-related deaths across the globe. “Surely no one sets off to work saying ‘this is the day I want to die’,” says Loui McCurley, one of the industry’s most knowledgeable climbing and rope access rigging experts as well as an author whose …

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Tower crews tackle restoring communications in West Virginia

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Tower crews have been working under challenging conditions to restore cell and wireline services to three carriers in West Virginia after massive floods left tens of thousands of customers without communications services. Frontier Communications, alone, said more than 10,000 of its customers have lost services. The company said in a news release that the number of outages may fluctuate and …

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Tower welders torch their surroundings in Pierre, S.D.

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Tower techs welding on a communications tower yesterday afternoon started a grass fire that burned several acres in Pierre, S.D. on top of a hill where several towers are located north of HIlger’s Gulch. According to Piere Fire Chief Ian Paul, about 30 firefighters were required to put the fire out that was being fanned by 40 mph winds. After …

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No injuries after Indiana tower topples due to 100 mph gusts

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An internet service provider’s 180-foot guyed tower collapsed this morning in Russiaville, Ind. after gusts reported to be at 100 mph hit the area. The tower, located at Union and Stewart Streets, is owned by Start of the Art Communications. Local ambulance services and the Howard County Dispatch Center also have equipment on the tower. It also was part of …

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New NATE video emphasizes the gravity of not respecting gravity

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Gravity Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The video features testimonial footage of a tower technician articulating the importance of respecting gravity at all times when working in the communication tower industry. The video also includes practical safety tips for industry workers to follow in order …

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Flash Technology enhances service and security for monitoring operations, adds staff

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Flash Technology, a global leader in obstruction lighting, has announced the enhancement of the organization’s remote monitoring solutions for Vanguard® SMART series and FTM 190 monitoring devices. The leading monitoring products are now equipped with the encrypted Simple Network Management Protocol version 3, or SNMPv3. The encrypted SNMPv3 provides Flash Technology customers with increased security for the monitoring capabilities of …

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Communications Sales & Leasing to acquire Tower Cloud

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Communications Sales & Leasing, Inc. (CS&L) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Tower Cloud, Inc. for $230 million in cash and stock. Tower Cloud is a leading provider of data transport services, with a particular focus on providing infrastructure solutions to the wireless and enterprise sectors, including fiber-to-the-tower backhaul, small cell networks, and …

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Texas techs and others network at NATE’s regional confab

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has reported that the second NATE Regional Meeting held on Tues., June 7 at the Texas Star Golf Course Conference Center in Euless, Tex. was a tremendous success. The meeting focused on key industry safety and health initiatives and offered excellent networking and professional development opportunities for meeting attendees. “This was such a successful …

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Vertical Bridge deal adds 1,000 building opportunities to its portfolio

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Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and manager of wireless communications infrastructure in the U.S., today announced the signing of an exclusive five-year agreement with The RMR Group to market and master lease telecommunications sites at more than 1,000 RMR managed buildings.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The RMR Group’s managed assets include hotels, travel centers, healthcare, senior …

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FCC shuffle puts Suzanne Tetreault in the deputy bureau chief’s seat

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FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Chief Jon Wilkins has announced his intention to appoint Suzanne Tetreault as deputy bureau chief.  Tetreault will move from her current position as deputy general counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Tetreault will replace current Deputy Bureau Chief Jean Kiddoo who is joining the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force as Deputy Chair for Transition. “Suzanne’s …

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Key industry test equipment supplier Electro Rent is acquired by Platinum Equity

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Platinum Equity and Electro Rent Corporation have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Electro Rent would be acquired by Platinum Equity for approximately $323.4 million. “We are excited to begin this new phase in Electro Rent’s history, and look forward to partnering with Platinum as we continue to meet and exceed the needs of our …

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Unmanned aerial systems safety resource unveiled by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today the release of a resource document entitled Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure. The safety document, available here, is a by-product of collaboration between the NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee and other prominent representatives from the commercial UAS industry. The resource represents NATE’s efforts to educate the wireless …

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Tower tech beta testers needed to evaluate upcoming written exams

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is seeking qualified volunteers who are willing to take part in a beta test of the Telecommunication Tower Technician Certification exams on June 30, 2016 in Dallas, Tex. The ideal candidates to take the beta test are those individuals who are currently working as tower technicians and who have received at least some formal …

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Successful exhibit floor at WIA’s record-high attendance conference

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Although the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) said that they anticipated that they would have approximately 3,000 attendees prior to the show, and a spokesperson said that the crowd broke a record attendance, he could not provide a count today of actual attendees. Last year, according to the WIA, the show had more than 2,000 registrants. A number of exhibitors said …

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Key executives at WIA: The tower biz is still where you want to be

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When the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) annual “View from the Top” presentation kicked off at yesterday’s Dallas, Tex. conference, audio problems kept the packed audience craning their necks for about 10 minutes to hear what was being said. But when WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein restarted the session from the beginning, it was crystal clear to attendees that 2016 …

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Chuck Slagle hired as executive director of National Wireless Safety Alliance

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the hiring of wireless industry veteran Chuck Slagle as the organization’s Executive Director. Slagle, who previously served the NWSA in a consulting capacity, is a former Sprint Environmental Health & Safety Executive with over 38 years of experience in the industry. The NWSA’s leadership announced the hiring at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure …

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NATE’s tower inspection video covers multiple practical tips

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Tower Inspection Safety Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The Association unveiled the video at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas, Tex. The video highlights practical safety tips for industry workers to follow when performing tower inspections. The video includes both ground-based and aerial footage of …

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Backhaul team provides flawless service during President Obama’s commencement address

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Fastback Networks today announced that its Intelligent Backhaul Radio (IBR) was deployed to provide the temporary wireless backhaul vital to high capacity mobile network services during President Obama’s commencement address at Rutgers University, held May 15, 2016 at High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J. Deployed by the wireless infrastructure services company AMP Communications to carry Tier 1 operator traffic, the …

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CTIA: American data usage more than doubled in 2015

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Today, CTIA released its annual survey results, which found Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This is the equivalent of consumers streaming 59,219 videos every minute or roughly 18 million MB. Smartphones are the number one wireless device in the U.S. and still growing There were more than 228 …

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FCC publishes final list of 99 applicants for 600 MHz auction

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The Federal Communications Commission released the 99 names of completed bidder applications (below) for the forward auction that will see wireless carriers and other participants bid upon spectrum in the 600 MHz band being let go by many TV broadcasters. The next step in the auction will be when the FCC decides whether the 99 applicants are qualified bidders. That …

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Connie Aasen retires, Bob Irving inspires and ExteNet acquires

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Well-known and talented marketing professional Connie Aasen has retired from Sabre Industries as the company’s Vice President of Marketing, a position she held for five years during one of the company’s greatest growth periods. Her roots with the company go back to 2001 when she was hired as the multi-discipline firm’s marketing manager. As a member of its trade show …

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Wyoming officials believe painting a tower an earth tone will help pilots

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Wireless Estimator seldom writes about banal zoning and moaning issues, but every once in a while one falls into that galvanic gray area such as what recently happened in Cody, Wyo. where town planners had to use their Solomonic skills to decide whether Verizon should paint their newly-constructed tower in shades of sagebrush instead of its current boring stippled gray. …

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W4W selects Safety LMS again to provide training and new course development curriculum

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Austin, Texas-based tower industry training provider Safety LMS has signed a new operating agreement with Washington DC-based Warriors 4 Wireless. Since early 2014, Safety LMS has been developing curriculum for the White House-endorsed program that provides training and job placement services for returning military veterans. The signing of the new agreement by W4W President, Kelley Dunne and Safety LMS President, JP Jones, solidifies …

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RSI’s chief sets her sights on a Kansas congressional seat

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Miranda Allen, CEO of Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI Corp) recently announced her candidacy for the Kansas 4th Congressional District Seat.  Allen, a telecommunications professional with over 20 years of executive experience will be running as an independent. Allen currently serves on the National Association of Tower Erector’s (NATE) Member Services Committee and is a member of the American Society of …

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Alpha Networks acquires Xcell, putting Moskowitz at the helm

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Alpha Networks LLC has announced the acquisition of  Xcell Inc., a leading tower construction and service business headquartered in Dallas, Tex. and providing services throughout the Southern region of the U.S. for more than a decade. The business will continue to operate under the Xcell name and brand. Alpha Networks has brought in new management, led by industry veteran Michael Moskowitz into the …

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FCC’s small cell and DAS webcast workshop corrals top industry experts

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  The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in cooperation with the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), will host a workshop focusing on distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell solutions on Tues., May 3, 2016, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT. Panelists, moderators and other speakers …

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Environmental siting workshop will cover a broad range of topics, including bats

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The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will host its annual educational workshop on the environmental compliance and historic preservation review process required for the construction of wireless communications facilities on Wed., May 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. This year’s workshop will include information relevant to the construction …

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Severely injured tower workers now eligible to receive scholarships

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The Tower Family Foundation announced today that the eligibility criteria for its scholarship program has been expanded to include severely injured or permanently disabled tower workers. The revised scholarship guidelines are effective immediately and will ensure that eligible tower workers who sustain serious injuries on the job can now receive a Tower Family Foundation scholarship to continue their post-secondary education …

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Execs from HBO, AT&T and T-Mobile top speakers’ list at 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association has announced that the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas May 23-26 will feature keynote speeches from a dynamic group of thought leaders from the converging worlds of technology, telecommunications and entertainment. The show, which will take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, attracts more than 3,000 leaders and innovators from across the …

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Trainer of thousands of climbers passes peacefully after doing what he loved

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Thousands of the industry’s tower technicians arrive home safely every night because of their training by ComTrain Senior Instructor Coda William Witt, who passed away on Thurs., April 21, 2016 at age 71 while on a camping trip in Arizona. According to ComTrain President Zane Windham, Witt had trained more than 2,500 climbers after joining the tower safety training organization …

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Professionalism of tower climbers emphasized in new NATE safety video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Professionalism Video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. NATE unveiled the video at the 2016 Wireless West Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The video includes a testimonial from a tower climber discussing the characteristics that make up a professional elevated worker in the industry. The video highlights the important role …

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Petzl releases information on possible cracks on its ASAP LOCK

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Petzl, is requesting that the users of its rope grab, the ASAP LOCK, inspect the unit to ensure that there are no cracks on the stainless steel arms. During a routine inspection on March, 30, 2016, one customer detected three of these products to have the cracks and they will be returned to Petzl for analysis, according to information provided …

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Vermont’s legislators asking the Feds to audit $116 million telecom project

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Vermont’s lawmakers are asking federal regulators to conduct an audit of a $116 million grant and loan provided to VTel Wireless, stating that the company has passed by many communities with the broadband service it was paid to provide in Vermont. With similar resolutions, the House on Thursday passed  H.R.19, and the Senate’s version was referred to the Finance Committee. …

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American Tower and other companies can start issuing POs for pre-auction expenses

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The FCC released a ruling yesterday that repacking expenses incurred before or during the upcoming broadcast incentive auction, such as tower mapping and structural analysis expenses, will be compensated by the FCC so long as they are coverer repacking-related expenses and the TV station has to move to a new channel in the repack. “We interpret the statutory reimbursement mandate …

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NWSA job task survey concludes with industry workers receiving gift cards

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today the winners of the Job Task Analysis Survey Response prize drawings. The NWSA recently concluded an industry-wide Job Task Analysis (JTA) survey of telecommunication tower technicians to ensure that NWSA’s technician exams reflect today’s work environment, regulations, and technology. The JTA survey is a required part of the process to ensure NWSA’s programs achieve …

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Safety trainer CITCA lands Jocko Vermillion to expand their services

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Steve Wilder, Chief Operating Officer of CITCA, LLC of Bourbonnais, IL has announced that Jocko Vermillion will be joining the safety training organization effective April 18, 2016. Well-known in the tower safety industry, Vermillion will assume the role of Vice-President of Safety Management Services.  In that role he will work with both CITCA clients and with clients of CITCA’s sister …

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Broadcasters will hear about the consequences of the FCC’s incentive auction

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Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. will participate in a featured presentation about the incentive auction at the NAB Show Broadcasting Engineering Conference on Tues., April 19, 2016, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PT at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Shane O’Donoghue, Director of Broadcasting for Empire State Building, will speak on the Consequences of the Incentive Auction for Broadcasters as part …

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NATE highlights its successful conference with the release of hundreds of photographs

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has provided over a half million descriptions of the tremendously successful conference and exhibition in New Orleans, La. last February with its release today of over 550  event photographs. Although NATE’s receptions and other networking events show a great amount of comradeship, the meetings, educational sessions …

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Infrastructure’s role stressed to Illinois State Wireless Association members

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Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, delivered a keynote address at the Illinois State Wireless Association’s annual Education Luncheon today in suburban Chicago, stressing the important role wireless infrastructure plays in improving mobility for health care, education, public safety, agriculture, smart cities, and a host of other consumer and business products and services. PCIA is …

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Verizon cell site opponent is convicted and opts for 18 months in jail

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City council meetings regarding cell tower siting approvals can be rather contentious, but an Astoria, Ore. hearing on a request by Verizon Wireless last June to move an aging communications tower ended up with a man attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of the mayor, and then he was arrested, and yesterday was convicted for refusing to leave City Hall. …

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FCC chief says spectrum auction could extend into fiscal year 2017

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler informed a Senate appropriations subcommittee yesterday morning that the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum may extend into 2017 if it doesn’t raise enough to pay broadcasters for the airwaves. The possibility of an extended timeframe is one reason why the FCC is requesting an additional $11 million in federal funds, Wheeler said during the hearing. …

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Structure, Tower and Antenna Council readies its first conference

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Over 200 industry personnel are expected to be in attendance at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto, Canada at the Structure, Tower and Antenna Council’s (STAC) inaugural conference on April 11-12. As the only national forum in Canada dedicated to discussing safety issues and best practices in the tower and antenna industry, the STAC 2016 Conference and Exhibition will bring …

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NATE to host South Regional Meeting on June 7 in Euless, Texas

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that they will be hosting a South Regional Meeting on Tues., June 7, 2016 at the Texas Star Golf Course Conference Center in Euless, Tex. The gathering will be the second regional event hosted by the Association over the course of the last nine months and will offer tremendous networking and professional development …

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PCIA joins forces with leading companies to host supplier diversity summit

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association has partnered with major wireless voice and data carriers and other industry leaders to host a Supplier Diversity Summit at the Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas May 23-26. The Summit will take place on May 25. The show is the leading industry conference focused on the companies, equipment and technologies that enable next-generation wireless …

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Industry workers participate in NATE’s Ohio fall prevention training

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On Tues., March 29, the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), in conjunction with curriculum and training provider Safety Controls Technology (SCT), hosted a Fall Prevention Worker Training Course in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The course was attended by 43 industry workers representing tower service and maintenance companies located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The Fall Protection …

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Communications Sales & Leasing to purchase 32 of Windstream’s towers

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Communications Sales & Leasing, Inc. (CS&L) today announced that they have entered into an agreement with Windstream Holdings, Inc. to acquire 32 wireless towers owned by Windstream and operating rights for 49 wireless towers previously conveyed to the company in its spin-off from Windstream in April of last year. With a portfolio of 81 towers after closing, CS&L will rank …

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Legacy announces its expansion with new Rocky Mountain location

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Legacy Telecommunications, Inc., a leading provider of wireless infrastructure construction and technical services, today announced the addition of a Montana location to accommodate the firm’s growth and expansion plans. The new 7800 square foot facility is located on a three-acre industrial parcel in Three Forks, MT. This will provide increased capacity for existing customer logistical support and services throughout the …

Safety alliance spreads its message at Las Vegas’ IWCE 2016 confab

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) hosted a Town Hall Meeting Wednesday at the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nev.. IWCE is a popular annual event for communications technology professionals in the working world. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military; public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical & 911); …

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One Georgia tower down while another planned structure heads to court

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Tower developer Municipal Communications LLC took Cobb County, Ga. officials to court last week for having an “impossible condition” placed upon it for a new 190-foot monopole, when the county asked it to move the structure 300 feet – while in Screven County,  a tower decided to move hundreds of feet on its own when it collapsed yesterday. Although there …

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Centerline Solution’s UCI acquisition raises its professional headcount to 420

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Colorado-based Centerline Solutions has added Florida’s UCI Construction Services into its operation — an acquisition that makes Centerline one of the leading wireless infrastructure services providers in the U.S. The strategic partnership not only expands the company’s turnkey wireless services to a new geographic region of the United States, but also enhances Centerline’s construction capabilities through the addition of UCI’s …

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Training, rigging and respect emphasized in NATE’s cathead video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has released a Capstan Hoist & Rigging Safety Video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. NATE unveiled the video at the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nev. The video highlights practical safety tips for selecting and utilizing capstan hoists. Additionally, the video footage includes a testimonial from …

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Sheriff’s tower takes down a video shooting New York drone

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The New York Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner of a drone that crashed into a communication tower. According to a media release, Sr. Radio Tech Dave Bartkowiak discovered a drone that had apparently impacted one of the county’s communication towers located at the Tom Erlandson Overview Park on Oak Hill Rd. …

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Thirty-four Big Easy ‘Train-the-Trainer’ graduates announced by NATE

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today announced the graduating participants of the Train-the-Trainer Course the Association hosted on Feb. 21 – 25, 2016 in New Orleans, La. NATE, in conjunction with curriculum and training provider Safety Controls Technology (SCT), offered a five-day course at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The course was offered free of charge to eligible …

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Alpha Media balloons with new stations as it sheds its unmarketed towers to Vertical Bridge

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Tower owner Vertical Bridge has announced that it has acquired close to 200 towers from Alpha Media, although no financial terms of the transaction were disclosed in a press announcement. The portfolio consists of 113 new sites, many with AM arrays accounting for the additional 87 towers announced in the deal. The acquisition, according to Wireless Estimator’s Tower Owners List, …

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Techs rescue an eaglet hung up in a hanger kit on a Florida cell tower

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Two tower techs belted up Monday night to rescue eaglets in distress after a neighbor contacted wildlife authorities stating that one of them appeared to be injured. Ricky Blanco and Steve Barefoot, employees of USA Structural, formerly Goff Communications, said they welcomed the opportunity to assist in the rescue. One eaglet was hanging upside down from the tower off of …

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Sources: Five say no to FirstNet, but more than two bidders are expected

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By Andrew Seybold Since last week’s commentary I have received verification that five other potential FirstNet RFP bidders have decided not to pursue this opportunity. Yet I have also heard from a reliable source that we can expect to see more than two bidders submitting proposals. I hope my source is correct since Public Safety deserves many bids on the …

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Great video tips unveiled in NATE’s 100% tie-off safety video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a 100% Tie-Off Safety Video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. The video was released by the Association in advance of next week’s NATE UNITE 2016 Conference in New Orleans, La. The video highlights practical 100% Tie-Off safety tips for industry workers to follow to ensure that they are …

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Ten days later, an unaligned Texas “tower” worker’s fall is still being reported

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Commentary – When a Texas NBC affiliate posted a short breaking news bulletin on their website on Feb. 3, 2016 with the headline: “Emergency crews respond to man falling from tower on FM 54 in Hale County,” the link was immediately pasted on tower-industry Facebook groups. One social media poster even misinterpreted the headline and re-posted that the man fell …

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The cell phone in your pocket shouldn’t cost a worker’s life

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By Dr. David Michaels and Roger Sherman – Wireless services have opened up avenues of communication and resources unlike any in history. We rely on these connections to stay in touch with friends and family members, operate businesses and communicate on a global scale. But providing these innovative services through networks of communication towers should not come at the cost …

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Northeast wireless safety confab’s attendance increases at second summit

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) played a significant role at today’s 2nd Annual Northeast Wireless Safety Summit in Tarrytown, N.Y.  The popular industry event, organized by HPC Wireless Services, consisted of a series of keynotes and panel sessions and was attended by wireless stakeholders from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions who have a keen interest in enhancing …

Empire State Building and NAB press the FCC for bidding expense compensation

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Representatives of the Empire State Building and the National Association of Broadcasters  have pressed the Federal Communications Commission to reimburse broadcasters for expenses they incur in the lead-up to the airwaves auction, according to a filing yesterday. On Jan. 29, 2016, those representatives  met with officials of the Incentive Auction Task Force, Office of General Counsel and the Media Bureau …

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Australian tower tech’s death is a sad reminder of lower international fatalities

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A tower tech fell to his death from a communications tower in Australia today, according to a local news report that stated he was 43-years-old and died after falling off of a structure near Adelaide River around 4:00 p.m., but offered no additional information. The worker’s death accents what appears to be a safer environment throughout the world for tower …

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Counterfeit RF training certificates join other tower tech false credentials

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Counterfeit certificates have been a frequent headache for many of the industry’s fall protection trainers for many years due to high resolution printers and a few tower technicians’ Photoshop skills. In at least two climber fatalities, cards found in the deceased’s wallets were not identified as being accurate by the issuer. False radio frequency safety training certificates have also surfaced, …

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Lawmakers’ FirstNet probe could unveil little more than the RFP’s deadlines

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Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on Feb. 2, 2016 that is expected to shed a little more light on FirstNet’s progress following the issuance on Jan. 14, 2016 of a request for proposal (RFP) for the public safety broadband network for first responders. However, some industry observers believe that little will be gleaned since the presentations will be well-scripted and …

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NWSA subject matter experts continue their tower technician certification program efforts in Texas

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) convened its distinguished group of leading subject matter experts this week to continue the assessment and certification development process for the Telecommunications Tower Technician I (TTTI) and Telecommunications Tower Technician II (TTTII) programs. The intensive NWSA task force meetings occurred over a three-day period and were hosted by AT&T at the AT&T Center for …

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Tower company executives’ ears will be on Sprint’s conference call tomorrow

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Sprint moved its quarterly analysts’ earnings call to tomorrow morning in what some analysts believe is an apparent move to ease the concerns of investors after an article on a tech website said that the carrier was going to move its base stations from American Tower and Crown Castle sites to government properties “which costs much less”. The carrier had …

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NATE releases PPE inspection safety video as part of Climber Connection campaign

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‘When in doubt, take it out!’ The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Inspection Safety Video as part of the Association’s 2016 Climber Connection campaign. The video highlights practical safety tips for industry workers to follow when inspecting the required PPE associated with working at heights on a communications towers. The video includes …

Northeast Wireless Safety Summit presentations announced for Feb. 4, 2016 event

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HPC Wireless Services, a wireless telecommunications platform company servicing the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, has announced the agenda for their 2nd Annual Northeast Wireless Safety Summit (NEWSS), taking place from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown, N.Y. The NEWSS program includes panels, keynotes and demonstrations addressing the safety issues and …

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Cortel and TowerCom Technologies picked up by newly-formed J5 Infrastructure Partners

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Under the direction of a new CEO, two well-established wireless services companies will expand their deployment services in the Western U.S. with an infusion of cash from two equity investors. Ridgemont Equity Partners and SR Capital Advisors announced Friday that their newly formed company, J5 Infrastructure Partners, includes the talent and assets of Cortel, Inc. of San Diego, Calif., and …

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AT&T will be throwing its hat in the ring for a FirstNet build-out

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AT&T says that it’s attracted to bidding for the FirstNet contract — the federal government’s plan for a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Verizon has been widely considered a solid front-runner in the project. The request for proposals is expected this month on a project that could cost $20-$30 billion. At that time it will become known whether …

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Bankrupt PCS carrier says FCC illegally re-auctioned its licenses

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Bankrupt Alpine PCS, a successful bidder in two California spectrum deals in a 1996 Federal Communications C-Block auction, has filed a $21 million lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, against the FCC that alleges the agency breached a written and oral contract when it found the Michigan-based carrier in default of payment for its licenses and re-auctioned them. …

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Slim’s Telesites towerco spinoff is off to a rocky start

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Telesites SAB, a spinoff from Carlos Slim’s America Movil SAB, has a majority of analysts recommending selling the shares. The wireless-tower company started trading in Mexico this week and after its debut on Monday when there appeared to be market interest, it proceeded to drop yesterday 2.9 percent to 11.99 pesos ($.70). Mexico City-based Telesites, created to manage the operator’s …

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NATE’s 2016 educational campaign will also be tough on social media nonsense

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a video trailer promoting its upcoming 2016 Climber Connection marketing campaign that will combat climbers on social media whose dangerous activities set poor examples for an industry with tens of thousands of technicians who work safely. Equally as important, it will highlight safe work practices. The Climber Connection campaign was developed …

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Former PCIA chief and wireless pioneer Jay Kitchen passes at age 70

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Emmett Benjamin “Jay” Kitchen, 70, one of the industry’s first and most respected advocates for a wireless America, passed away on Dec. 13, 2015 after battling Parkinson’s disease for 16 years. When Kitchen took over leadership of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) in 1994, he hit the ground running and put the organization structure in place to help win …

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Kathrein offers ‘Street Connect’ for wireless densification in high traffic locations

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LTE antenna provider Kathrein has introduced an innovative solution for wireless densification in cities. In collaboration with Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, Kathrein developed “Kathrein Street Connect”, an in-ground antenna system that enhances mobile capacity at hotspots with high data traffic. Following a trial period in Bern, Switzerland, the antenna will be deployed in selected cities in early 2016. According to Swisscom, …

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Safety LMS’s new leadership greatly expands its tower training methods and locations

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Safety LMS, a tower construction safety training company headquartered in Austin, Tex., has announced it has expanded its capabilities with a new leadership team and additional locations for training. Under new ownership, 39-year tower industry safety expert John Paul (JP) Jones has taken over as President of Safety LMS  with 25-year industry veteran Jimmy Hurt as Vice President and Director …

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Harbinger’s LightSquared loses appeal after $1.9 billion lawsuit is tossed

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The Second Circuit in New York on Monday upheld a decision by the Manhattan federal court in February dismissing Harbinger Capital Partners LLC’s $1.9 billion suit claiming three GPS makers hid market information and drove its startup LightSquared Inc. into bankruptcy. The court said it found a lack of a relationship between the companies, Garmin, Trimble and Deere and the …

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GME Supply’s new Atlanta location showcases its multi-million-dollar expansion

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GME Supply Co  has announced the opening of its newest facility in a strategic location in Atlanta, Ga. With this multi-million dollar expansion, the company has added an additional 30,000 square feet of stocked warehouse space, all with the aim to better serve its wireless infrastructure customers in the Southeast. The Atlanta facility features the company’s unique “Safety Experience Zone,” where …

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Indiana’s tallest building picks Subcarrier Communications to manage its rooftop assets

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Subcarrier Communications has been selected to provide rooftop management services for the Chase Tower in Indianapolis, Ind., expanding their building rooftop management portfolio. The team leaders for this transaction were Operations Manager Greg Weger, and VP of Engineering Bill Cordell from Subcarrier’s Houston Office. The iconic Monument Circle building opened in 1990. At 830 feet, it’s the 47thth tallest building …

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CTI jumps back into tower ownership with a 120 structure deal with Vyve Broadband

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Massachusetts-based CTI Towers, Inc., a wireless tower operating company in which Comcast Ventures is majority owner, has jumped back into the tower space following their announcement today that it has acquired 120 communication towers from Vyve Broadband, a Rye Brook, N.Y.-headquartered mid-sized MSO with towers in Okla., Kan., Ark., and Wyo. The deal, expected to close by year-end, will provide …

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Future 5G networks to open up opportunities for new industries and verticals

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The latest edition of the Ericsson  Mobility Report provides insight into the future of 5G networks, including a forecast of 150 million 5G mobile subscriptions by 2021. The US, Canada, South Korea, Japan, and China are predicted to lead with the first, and fastest, 5G subscription uptake. 5G will connect new types of devices, enabling new use cases related to …

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FCC chief says his agency is allowing a flexible repacking deadline

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At yesterday’s House Communications Subcommittee’s Federal Communications Commission oversight hearing, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, along with his fellow commissioners, said that the FCC would not force broadcasters off the air who missed the 39-month repacking deadline for moving to new channels. Wheeler said that the deadline was not a “drop off the edge of the table” situation, since there was …

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Digital Bridge and Stonepeak complete ExteNet Systems’ $1.4 billion recapitalization

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ExteNet Systems, Inc., a leading independent provider of distributed networks enabling outdoor and indoor wireless connectivity, announced the successful completion of its recapitalization efforts, initially announced in July. The acquisition is led by Digital Bridge Holdings (Digital Bridge) and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (Stonepeak), which together head the consortium that invested or arranged over $1.4 billion capital, inclusive of equity and …

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Phoenix Tower International closes its 600 T-Mobile tower buy

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Phoenix Tower International (PTI) announces that it has closed its transaction with T-Mobile to acquire the ownership or management rights relating to over 600 wireless communication tower sites including the exclusive right to manage and operate the sites from T-Mobile. Terms of the transaction remain confidential between the parties. TD Securities LLC served as M&A Advisor to PTI and provided …

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Half of husband and wife battery theft team given a two year sentence in Ohio

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Rachel Cowan, 34, who was her husband Michael’s lookout as he stole backup batteries from tower sites, received a two year jail sentence today in Hamilton County, Ohio after she pleaded guilty in September to charges of breaking and entering, theft and disrupting public services. Michael Cowan, whose case is still pending, would use codes that he acquired through his …

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Telemundo’s WNJU tops the list at $900 million in FCC’s new repacking auction prices

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The FCC has adjusted repacking opening bid prices for TV stations in the reverse auction, with Telemundo’s WNJU New York having the highest bid price at $900 million, with WCBS coming in second at $889 million. The changes do not impact the start date of the auction, which begins March 29, 2015. In order for broadcasters to have 60 days …

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Trump Tower’s not-so-swaying broadcast antenna results in a $2,000 fine to developer

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On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2015, Toronto, Canada building authorities closed off an area of the city’s financial district after they received reports of an ‘unstable’ antenna on the Trump Tower. On Friday, the developer of Trump Tower, Talon International Development Inc., was handed a $2,000 bill from the city for the cost of closing off the roads around …

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Wireless contractors and suppliers finding the best way to get unsurpassed web exposure

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Many contractors and suppliers, after a year of having a web presence on Wireless Estimator’s Blue Book, have seen excellent results, but equally as important, they’ve witnessed a tremendous increase of their company appearing in many search terms on Google, Bing and other sites. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing, linking and other search engine manipulations. However, what has …

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Assisted by Dr. Dre, Pai frames 5G plan at 4G America’s technology symposium

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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai addressed the “Future of Mobile Broadband in the Americas LTE to 5G Network Innovation” on Thursday at 4G America’s Technology Symposium with assistance from start to end from record producer, rapper and entrepreneur Dr. Dre. “Now, I understand that some might be a bit confused. After all, this is 4G Americas, the event is about 5G, …

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Carriers say they’re being strong-armed with onerous Long Island lease requirement

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Carriers leasing space on Riverhead, New York’s water towers have filed federal lawsuits claiming the Riverhead Water District is trying to “strong-arm” them into paying more by not allowing technicians onto the properties to repair and upgrade equipment until they agree to the new terms which the carriers believe are too high MetroPCS has leased space on the water tower …

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Vertical Bridge picks up 200 Nsight towers, raising its count to almost 3000

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Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and manager of wireless communication infrastructure in the U.S., today announced it has closed a transaction to acquire the rights to over 200 wireless communications towers from Nsight Tower Holdings, LLC (“Nsight”), a major telecommunication service provider in the Midwest. Vertical Bridge will have the exclusive rights to lease and operate the portfolio of …

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SBA Communications sees 2016 growth outpacing 2015’s full year projections

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In providing SBA Communications Corporation’s Q3 earnings report today, President and CEO Jeffrey Stoops said, “Our backlogs continue to grow, and our initial 2016 outlook reflects a higher domestic organic growth rate than we now expect for full year 2015.  Our portfolio continues to grow as well.  We now own over 25,000 sites.” “Our customers remain active,” Stoops said, “and …

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Internet service provider’s $44 million Ponzi scheme ends with a nine-year jail sentence

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The U.S. Attorney General’s Office announced last week that a former Salisbury, Md. resident and businessman was sentenced to nine years and two months in prison for running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 200 investors of more than $44 million. He duped investors into believing that they were investing in telecom businesses that had Internet towers and other …

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Worldwide LTE subscriptions hit 1 billion in less than six years

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According to CCS Insight, statistics obtained from market metrics firm The Mobile World, worldwide LTE subscriptions have surpassed 1 billion this month. It took fewer than six years for LTE to reach this milestone, having taken 3G more than eight years and 2G services more than a dozen. Mobile World said first generation analog-based wireless services never surpassed 100 million …

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Two dynamic CEOs continue with multiple leadership roles within the wireless industry

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Many company CEOs take on leadership roles with other organizations, but few have the drive and talent of SouthernLINC Wireless CEO Tami Barron and Novatel Wireless CEO Sue Swenson. Barron was re-elected to serve on the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) board of directors at their annual meeting held earlier this month in Ft. Lauderdale, and had been re-elected to serve …

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Empire State Building to celebrate the Alford antenna’s 50th anniversary

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the antenna that stands atop of it, the Empire State Building will be lit in blue and white on Oct. 29, 2015. The Empire State Building and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), in conjunction with the Society of Broadcast Engineers, will host an informative presentation covering the technology and the techniques of the first and current …

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Permitting process comes under fire in broadband deployment hearing

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The House Energy & Commerce communications subcommittee discussed barriers to broadband deployment today. The panel’s bipartisan leaders discussed bills to require broadband conduit to be built along with federally funded roads and other proposals to make it easier to provide access to utility poles and determine how federal land could be better used to support broadband infrastructure. Permitting impediments was …

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PCIA head spotlights small cell and DAS solutions to meet demand for mobile data

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Jonathan Adelstein, the head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, today kicked off the 2015 HetNet (heterogeneous networks) Expo in Los Angeles by spotlighting the deployment of small cell and DAS (distributed antenna) systems in meeting the soaring consumer demand for wireless mobile data. Adelstein’s opening remarks highlighted a study released by iGR that projects the industry “spend” on …

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FCC’s AM revitalization order will help stations in troubling times

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The Federal Communications Commission has moved forward to revitalize a dying industry, AM radio, by releasing their AM Radio Revitalization Report and Order late Friday afternoon. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the order will ease regulatory burdens on AM broadcasters and address practical problems and interference-related issues that have long plagued AM stations. It includes multiple actions to expand access …

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Eshoo, Walden introduce “Dig Once” broadband deployment bill

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Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chairman of the Subcommittee, introduced today the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2015, commonly referred to as ‘dig once’ legislation. This bipartisan, commonsense legislation would mandate the inclusion of broadband conduit—plastic pipes which house fiber-optic communications cable—during the construction of any road …

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FCC takes steps to facilitate next generation technologies in spectrum above 24GHz

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The FCC took steps today to maintain United States leadership in wireless by proposing new rules for wireless broadband in wireless frequencies above 24 GHz. The spectrum was previously believed to be useless for mobile devices. These proposed rules are an opportunity to move forward on creating a regulatory environment in which these emerging next-generation mobile technologies – such as …

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American Tower’s Viom deal puts their India tower count ahead of the U.S.

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American Tower Corporation is paying $1.16 billion to buy a controlling stake in the Indian tower operator, Viom Networks. The deal, which was widely expected will see American Tower taking a 51 percent stake in the Indian firm, which currently owns and operates approximately 42,200 towers and 200 indoor distributed antenna systems across India. American Tower’s existing Indian portfolio of …

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Google study: 30% of 911 calls in San Francisco are butt-dials

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Accidental dialing, commonly called “butt-dials” are a growing concern for emergency services dispatchers, a newly released Google report states, and the company is helping San Francisco to get to the bottom of the increasing trend. The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) found a dramatic spike of 28% in 2014 of 911 calls and Google worked with the city …

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PCIA Chief urges Senate committee to alleviate barriers to broadband development

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The head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association this morning urged the Senate to help alleviate the barriers hindering wireless broadband deployment so that the U.S. can continue meeting the “nearly insatiable and increasing demand” for mobile data and strengthen its capacity to compete in the global marketplace. “Wireless infrastructure enables the economic growth and technological innovation that is delivered …

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CCA convention starts with a call for carriers to get involved in 5G

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During an executive breakfast panel at the 2015 Competitive Carriers Association conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. today, T-Mobile’s North American Vice President of Radio Network Engineering Mark McDiarmid and Ericsson’s CTO and Head of Strategy Glenn Laxdal said North American participation in the global 5G discussion has been less than stellar and called upon U.S. operators to get involved. “Regional …

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Huawei completes world’s first large-scale 5G field trial with NTT DoCoMo

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Huawei announced today the world’s first successful large-scale field trial of 5G new radio access technologies. The field trial was conducted jointly with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Japan’s largest mobile service provider. Experts from both companies participated the field trial in an outdoor test site in Chengdu, China. As an on-going field trial, Huawei was able to stream live video of …

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Central States Towers picks up $75m in new debt and equity financing

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CIT Group Inc. announced that CIT Communications & Technology Finance served as sole lead arranger and administrative agent in a senior secured credit facility to Central States Tower (CST), a leading middle market operator and developer of wireless communications towers and a portfolio company of Sweetwater Capital, LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We have maintained a strong …

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Repacking’s effect on tower site configurations to be discussed at BTS conference

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The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) announced that James Stenberg, broadcast account manager for American Tower Corporation, will lead a technical “TV Repack” session at the 2015 IEEE Broadcast Symposium on Friday, Oct. 16, at 8:30 a.m. Taking place Oct. 13-16 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla., the four-day symposium is an annual gathering of broadcast engineers from …

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Ericsson report: Microwave to be the dominant backhaul technology in the future

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Ericsson has released latest in a continuing series of reports on Microwave Towards 2020, an in-depth report on the state of the microwave business, and notes that in 2020, 65 percent of all cell sites will be connected with microwave solutions (excluding China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan). The choice between fiber and microwave in backhaul networks will not be …

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Michigan school board provides an easement for a three-tenant tower for $900,000

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The Livonia, Mich. School Board has welcomed the opportunity for a revenue enhancement of $900,000 from American Tower Corp. for a perpetual easement for a three-tenant stadium lighting monopole site at Stevenson High School’s athletic field, and agreed to ink an agreement on Monday. According to an article in Home Town Life, Interim Superintendent Andrea Oquist said the $900,000 is …

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NATE celebrates success of its first regional meeting in Illinois

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that the first NATE Regional Meeting held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at the Kankakee Community College Banquet Center in Kankakee, Ill., was a tremendous success. The meeting focused on key industry safety and health initiatives and offered excellent networking and professional development opportunities for meeting attendees. “This was such a …

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FirstNet may be setting itself up for failure with December’s proposal request

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Andrew Seybold, recognized worldwide for his keen perspective and track record for accurately predicting mobile technology trends, said he’s overly concerned that bidders may not partner with FirstNet, the independent nationwide public safety broadband network funded by Congress. Seybold said that if FirstNet releases a request for proposal in December that follows their current template, “it is running a high …

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Battery catcher in the rye bread truck and other wacky world events

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Wireless industry news in America sometimes catches viewers off guard with weird events, but our nation doesn’t have exclusivity – especially in the past week. In Pretoria, South Africa, police arrested a 29-year-old man after he was found in possession of 12 Vodacom backup batteries. Although that’s becoming a frequent occurrence in the U.S., the vehicle he was transporting them …

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Tennessee tower consolidator G. Larry Wells dies at age 50

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Chattanooga, Tenn. businessman G. Larry Wells Jr. died at his home in Hixson last night. He was 50. Wells, a native of Dayton, had developed a network of cell towers through his Wireless Properties firm. Wells had over 28 years of experience in the wireless communications industry.  He began his career in 1985 when he operated a successful cellular telephone …

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Saints backup quarterback’s loss is still good for Verizon’s backup message

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Verizon’s newest commercial features New Orleans Saints’ backup quarterback Luke McCown in full uniform as he looks at a Verizon cell tower with a gen set on an elevated platform, as he states, “Verizon has backup generators for most of their towers, so they’re ready if the power ever goes down.” He then salutes the cell tower with his helmet and …

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TIRAP urges employers to embrace career training, safety and quality

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The Chairman of the private/public Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), Scott Kisting, today urged telecommunications employers to fully embrace an industry-wide effort to train new workers and instill higher standards in the workplace. In a presentation before the Environmental, Health & Safety International Communications Conference, Kisting said, “If the telecom industry is going to meet soaring consumer demand, we’ll …

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T-Mobile and Verizon tie for high LTE speeds in the U.S. but America gets a failing grade

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T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are almost tied for the fastest U.S. LTE data speeds, according to OpenSignal, a network testing firm. However, the U.S. was ranked number nine in the world for coverage, but received failing grades for its LTE speeds overall. Verizon was identified as having the most LTE coverage in America, followed by AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Sprint …

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AGC’s survey identifies that wireless construction’s employment ills are similar

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If wireless construction contractors believe that because cell site construction and other craft needs within the telecommunications industry are unique, and it’s the primary reason why it’s difficult to hire qualified workers, they’ll see that a 2015 Workforce Survey by the Associated General Contractors of America released earlier this month mirrors similar difficulties nationally with other professions, with 86 percent …

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Ski area communications plan delayed by AT&T and others says lawsuit counterclaim

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American Tower Corporation has filed counterclaims against Aspen Skiiing in regards to a $21 million project to improve service for four ski areas in Colorado. Aspen Skiing filed a lawsuit in July against American to break the contract the businesses had entered into in 2014. According to an article in the Aspen Daily News, American Tower in a March letter …

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NATE and industry stakeholders present at California safety conference

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) was a key participant today at the 2015 Environmental, Health & Safety International Communications Conference in Los Angeles, California. The conference, organized by the Environmental, Health & Safety Communications Panel (EHSCP), consisted of a series of high-profile sessions focused on key industry safety and health topics, and was attended by stakeholders representing prominent …

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White House: Like water, broadband is a core utility required in homes

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Similar to water, electricity and sewer in terms of importance to homeowners, the White House has declared that broadband Internet is also a “core utility,” in a 40-page report published by the Broadband Opportunity Council, which was created by President Barack Obama. “Broadband has steadily shifted from an optional amenity to a core utility for households, businesses and community institutions,” …

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Small cells to be given extreme test during high Pope visit traffic

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Crown Castle International’s devout Catholics might be praying to St. Vincent Ferrer, patron saint of builders, that their small cell network will support the data tsunami expected on Sept. 26-27, 2015 along the historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, stretching from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Logan Square, during Pope Francis’s inaugural visit where more than one million people are expected …

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Former tech and his wife arrested after multi-state battery theft spree

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A husband and wife team from Gilbert, Ariz. that caused millions of dollars in losses to carriers as well as a seven-hour service disruption in Cincinnati, Ohio, were caught after a ping from a cell tower eventually brought them down because Cincinnati police had been tracking their phone. Police say that Rachael and Michael Cowan went on a battery stealing spree …

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FBI investigating a string of fiber cuts; AT&T posts $250,000 reward

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AT&T said yesterday that the company is offering up to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for fiber vandalism across Alameda County in California. AT&T spokesman Jim Greer said vandals cut fiber in two different manholes about 10:30 p.m. Monday at Altamont Pass and Carroll Road in Livermore, causing Internet service to go out. …

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PCIA urges California’s governor to sign bill that would alleviate site delays

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association has urged Governor Jerry Brown to sign California Assembly Bill 57, which will help alleviate delay in applications to site new wireless facilities and renew permits for existing wireless facilities. In the letter, Adelstein noted, “For example, in San Diego, a PCIA member reports that applications for conditional use permit renewals at four separate …

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Epidemiologist: Banning Wi-Fi in schools based on cancer is “cuckoo”

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Dr. Geoffrey Kabat, an epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in response to a question regarding what he thought about movements to ban Wi-Fi in schools with a view toward exercising the “precautionary principle,” told the McGill Reporter he thinks those efforts are misplaced. “Based on my reading of the evidence, this whole movement is cuckoo. These exposures …

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Key analyst likes Crown Castle, but sees American Tower with less acquisition exposure

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Morningstar analyst Michael Hodel has provided an excellent overview of the industry’s three publicly-traded companies, American Tower Corp., Crown Castle International, and SBA Communications. Whereas there are almost daily yawn-inducing recommendations from analysts, Hodel’s insight and extensive analysis is worth the read. Although Hodel has previously said that his favorite amongst the towercos is Crown Castle, because he thinks it …

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To be 5G, or not to be, that is the question seeking answers at Super Mobility 2015

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In advance of any standardized next-generation network, it is expected that carriers will be following Verizon’s lead  and will be jumping on the  faux 5G bandwagon. But the proclamations will be steeped in marketing since there are no clear paths to which technologies 5G will include. Tom Keathley, AT&T’s senior vice president of network and product planning, said at Fierce Wireless’ breakfast panel …

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FCC denies review of a site fencing violation and obstruction lighting charge

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The FCC recently denied two tower owners’ requests to review their forfeiture orders and let stand their fines totaling $16,600. Following a petition for reconsideration by Alaska Integrated Media, Inc., licensee of Station KOAN, Anchorage, the FCC said it found no basis for them to review the fine of $5,600 for failing to enclose the station’s tower within an effective …

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FCC Commissioner Pai says Title ll has depressed broadband investment

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While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was pumping next March’s incentive auction of 600 Mhz wireless spectrum at CTIA Super Mobility 2015, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai was deflating Wheeler’s belief that imposing Title II regulations on broadband were good for the nation, stating that Wheeler had dismissed arguments that classifying broadband as a common carrier service would depress investment, but data is …

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India High Court: Use your landline if you don’t want cell towers installed

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In a rather unorthodox response to a petition by residents alleging that a cell tower was being constructed in their neighborhood in violation of a local recommendations of an inter-ministerial committee, India’s Delhi High Court dismissed their plea and basically said that residents of Vasant Kunj should stop using their cell phones and revert back to using landlines, and then, …

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American Tower reportedly picking up an additional 41,000 towers in India

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American Tower Corporation is reportedly ready to ink a deal to acquire a majority stake in Indian tower operator Viom Networks, which will expand it’s portfolio there by approximately 41,000 towers. If the agreement is signed, according to the Economic Times, it will be the largest tower acquisition ever made by a US-based tower consolidator. Viom has another 1,000 towers …

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Presbyterians: 1; Evangelicals: 0 in Verizon’s cell tower search in Nebraska

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Southern Heights Presbyterian Church members’ dream of a having a bell tower on their church property in Lincoln, Ne. came true when a 67-foot brick structure housing cell antenna was constructed recently along with the base station, and the electronic digital carillon bells will soon be in place with crosses covering the opening on each side. The community liked it, …

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New York counties receive $3.5 million each to replace existing towers

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Aug. 27, 2015 that 17 counties across New York State have been awarded a total of $50 million in funding. The funding was given in order to pay for projects involving communications equipment and technology upgrades. In most cases the counties will be using part of the money to fund the installation of new towers. Emergency services in …

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CommScope’s Airvana acquisition will assist with C-RAN deployments

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CommScope, a global provider of connectivity and essential infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has agreed to acquire Airvana, a privately-held leader in small cell solutions for wireless networks. Airvana, headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., provides award-winning 4G LTE and 3G small cell solutions that enable people to access communications, information and entertainment in the most challenging and high-value environments—offices, public venues …

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Sabre and World Tower assist Pilgrim Communications in capturing cell site tenants

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Re-engineering, new foundations and Sabre Towers erected by World Tower has set WXLW (AM) up to capture co-location dollars in Indianapolis after they complete replacing their three towers built by Bethlehem Steel in 1948. According to WXLW’s owner, Pilgrim Communications, the array will change from a 5 kW directions to 1kW non-directional. The first new tower, at 150-feet will, will …