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AOWA’s poker tournament’s big winners were the Tower Family Foundation and Folds of Honor Foundation

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At a meeting of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Wireless Association (AOWA), a presentation check was presented to the Tower Family Foundation for $15,000. The association provided the funds last November but recently presented the honorary over-sized check to the foundation. Pictured above, are (left to right) Steve Manuel, AOWA President, Willie Goldman, Tower Family Foundation Endowment Committee member; Todd Williams, AOWA Board …

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FCC estimates six million rural homes and businesses could benefit from opportunity fund

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced initial estimates of how many homes and businesses in each state could benefit from Phase I of the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. In total, about 6 million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in an auction slated for later this year to receive funding for high-speed broadband.  This …

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MTN’s Africa and Uganda joint venture acquired by American Tower for $523 Million

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American Tower Corporation has reached an agreement for the acquisition of MTN’s 49% stakes in the company’s joint ventures in Ghana and Uganda. Valued at approximately $523 million, the deal is due to close by March subject to the standard regulatory conditions. The news follows American Towers’ completion of its purchase of Eaton Towers Holdings which will add 5,700 communications …

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NATE welcomes upcoming vote on $20.4 billion rural digital opportunity fund

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has announced the final rules associated with the new $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The rules, are slated to be voted on by FCC Commissioners at the agency’s January 30 Open Meeting. NATE today released the following statement on the FCC’s announcement related to the fund. “In April 2019, NATE representatives participated in a …

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NATE video offers tips when it comes to inspecting, navigating and utilizing safety climb systems

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The National Association of Tower Erectors has released a video entitled “Safety Climbs” designed to highlight the important elements of properly inspecting and utilizing safety climb systems that are installed on communication towers. The video was the latest to debut in Volume 4 of the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign. A central feature of the video includes an interview with a wireless …

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Industry veteran Mitch Henry named as Chief of Staff at CTI Towers

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Longtime tower industry veteran Mitch Henry has been named Chief of Staff at CTI Towers. In his new position, Henry will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at the company. “I have known Mitch for almost 20 years and have the utmost admiration for him. He has a complete understanding of the business and has a keen sense of …

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Valmont Site Pro 1 launches revolutionary new line of small cell mounts, enclosures & accessories

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Valmont Site Pro 1, the industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of wireless site components, announces the launch of a new line of small cell mounts, pole mounted enclosures and accessories. The APT (Adaptive Pole Top) Kits are universal in nature, enabling you to seamlessly transform any wood, metal, concrete or composite pole into a 5G node. The kits are designed for …

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City of Virginia Beach requesting comments regarding small cell guidelines set for 2020

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The City of Virginia Beach has released a review draft of proposed design guidelines for co-locating small cell infrastructure on existing structures, such as streetlights and police camera poles, rather than erecting a new structure. If a new structure is required, the city is strongly encouraging incorporating meters and equipment cabinets into the base of the pole, rather than erecting …

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LBA makes isolating hybrid cable on AM towers hassle free and dependable

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The Hybrid ColoCoil® joins the most widely applied, self-contained family of ColoCoil® AM isolation systems offered by LBA Technology, Inc., a unit of LBA Group, Inc. This next generation of the patented LBA ColoCoil® provides seamless integration and isolation of hybrid cable on “hot” AM radio towers. The nature of an AM radio tower requires that any metallic cable running …

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Oklahoma Congressman Mullin’s American Tower site visit captured in NATE video

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NATE today released a video highlighting U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s (R-OK) recent site visit to an American Tower-owned communications tower located in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Congressman Mullin represents Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District and is a member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee where he has championed important communications and workforce development legislation. The video shines a spotlight on the …

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Carr applauds tower climber program that will expand America’s 5G workforce

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr lauded the announcement that the South Dakota Board of Technical Education has approved the creation of a new Wireless Infrastructure Technician Certification program at Southeast Technical Institute in South Dakota in partnership with VIKOR Teleconstruction. “Earlier this year, I announced a jobs initiative to expand America’s 5G workforce.  Industry estimates that it needs to fill another 20,000 …

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Safety advocate, mentor to many, William “Bill” Vance passes at 72

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Active in the wireless construction industry for many years and a strong safety advocate, William Leon “Bill” Vance, 72, of Taylor, MO passed away on Oct. 6, 2019. Vance had been selling pagers and entered the industry when he joined Rhodes Tower Services. Vance retired from Midwest Underground Technology Inc., where he served as Vice President of Operations. He was …

TIRAP’s Board adds T-Mobile’s Gastelum and MUTI-Sabre Industries’ Brewer

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has announced that Heather Gastelum, T-Mobile’s senior manager for national site safety & T-Mobile for Business Development, and Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator for MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services, were elected to serve on WIA’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Advisory Board. “The TIRAP Board welcomes Heather and Stephanie and appreciates their vision toward building a …

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Five indicted for stealing copper wire from 80 cell towers

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Christina Weaver, 40, of Collinsville, IL; Wendell Ragsdale, 45, of Springfield, IL; Bradley Quinelle Warren, 32, of Collinsville, IL; Taylor D. James, 20, of Collinsville, IL; and Haley S. James, 21, of Collinsville, IL; were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to maliciously interfere with communication lines by entering onto cellular tower sites. According to the Indictment, between April 3, …

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AT&T Names Stankey President & Chief Operating Officer and McElfresh CEO of AT&T Communications

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AT&T announced today that John Stankey has been appointed president and chief operating officer of AT&T Inc., effective Oct. 1, a new position reporting to Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. Stankey will also continue serving as CEO of WarnerMedia. The company also named AT&T executive Jeff McElfresh CEO of AT&T Communications LLC effective Oct. 1, replacing John Donovan, who …

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Sprint lights up mobile 5G in Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

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Sprint said that its customers are among the first in the world to experience the power and performance of True Mobile 5G with the largest initial 5G coverage footprint in the U.S. In a press release they said, “The next generation of wireless service is here, delivering blazing-fast speeds in areas of Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. True Mobile 5G from Sprint is set to …

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Honeywell issues stop use notice for three Miller self-retracting lifelines

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Honeywell is alerting the industry to immediately stop using certain Miller self-retracting lifelines of some MightEvac and MightyLite Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRLs) ranges manufactured within a specific time frame. Honeywell said that although there have been no reported incidents due to non-conforming brake components, continued use of the product could result in serious injury or death. The stop use notice and …

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T-Mobile gets FCC’s nod to bid on 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz licenses

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The FCC released an Order today granting T-Mobile’s request for a waiver of the Commission’s rules that prohibit an FCC spectrum auction applicant from being party to a joint bidding or similar arrangement. The Commission granted T-Mobile’s request for a waiver despite its ongoing attempt to acquire Sprint. On July 11, 2019, the Commission announced the application and bidding procedures …

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As Apollo courts Tegna, InSite takes on role of managing Tegna’s towers

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Last week, InSite Wireless Group, one of the largest privately-owned tower and wireless infrastructure companies in the U.S., announced the expansion of its broadcast tower portfolio by entering into a management agreement with Tegna Inc., a TV broadcast group, to provide operational support as well as marketing services for Tegna’s wholly owned broadcast towers. However, at the time, it’s not known if …