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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 break 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 …

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2019 WIA awards to honor AT&T’s Susan Johnson with Distinguished Service Award

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced that it plans to recognize Susan Johnson, Executive Vice President of Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T, with its Distinguished Service Award. The WIA Foundation will present the honor at the 2019 WIA Awards on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C. “Susan’s accomplishments represent the very embodiment of this year’s WIA Awards theme – wireless …

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3M issues recalls for rope grab plus edge and wrap back twin-leg self-retracting lifelines

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In back-to-back announcements, 3M Fall Protection has announced an immediate stop use and product recall of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self-Retracting Lifelines as well as incorrectly stamped 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grabs. The twin-leg Nano-Lok edge is part of a personal fall protection system and connects two self-retracting lifelines/devices (SRL’s/SRD’s) directly under the dorsal d-ring of …

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Leaked docs allege Huawei helped build North Korea’s wireless networks: WAPO

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Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech firm blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build and maintain the country’s commercial wireless network, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Post. Huawei partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co Ltd, on a number of projects in North Korea over eight years, …

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C-Band auction plans seen as ‘fiendishly complex’: AT&T

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The FCC issued a notice Friday in search of new comments on what to do about the 5G-friendly C-band airwaves currently held by satellite operators. The agency is seeking suggestions on how to manage the co-existence of terrestrial stations with earth stations during any band transition where differing amounts of spectrum might be cleared during different time periods for nearby …

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It’s never too soon to sign up for the Tower Family Foundation golf event

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You can get an early start to your 2020 golf season by hitting the links and participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Event! This exciting golf outing will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina. This event is powered by NATE’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) and all proceeds raised …

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Monopole manufacturer or installer can’t be too proud of their shroud that hit vehicle

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When driving on a highway it’s normal to keep an eye on the road to ensure that you don’t run over construction debris, especially in Orlando, Florida along I-4 as it undergoes a 21-mile facelift in a multi-year transformation project. However, an I-4 motorist on July 1 could not have anticipated cell tower rubble raining down on their car as …

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Income and race seen holding back California’s broadband adoption rates

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In California, income and race are key factors contributing to low broadband adoption rates, according to a study released this month by the California Public Utilities Commission. Their analysis found that income is the most critical factor affecting adoption where only 52.9% of households in census tracts where the median annual household income levels are less than $20,000 have in-home …

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Wireless infrastructure workers are the ‘unsung heroes’: FCC Chairman Pai

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gave a double-tip of the hardhat to America’s wireless infrastructure companies and their workers during his keynote speech before the New York State Wireless Association on Friday, citing them as the ‘unsung heroes of the digital revolution.’ “Without your work, there would be no app store; no Uber; no 24- hour health monitoring. You not only …

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T-Mobile tried tower siting twice in Wichita, now it will be tried in court

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T-Mobile and APC Towers have filed a lawsuit against City of Wichita over a denied conditional use application to construct an 80-foot wireless communication facility near 18th and Woodland. T-Mobile says it suffers from a significant gap in its ability to provide service in the North Riverside neighborhood, driven primarily by inadequate network capacity to serve consumer demand. The carrier …

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Michael Sandifer elected President of Alabama Wireless Association

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Michael Sandifer has been elected by the Board of Directors of the Alabama Wireless Association (AWA) to serve as the organization’s next president. Sandifer, who has served as the co-vice president of the AWA for more than ten years, will assume the role in June 2019. He has served in various leadership roles spanning more than 25 years in wireless, and …

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Small cell deployment highlighted in NATE’s newest Climber Connection video

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a video entitled “Small Cells: Here, There and Everywhere” designed to showcase the prominent role next generation technologies and the Association’s member companies are playing to densify networks on the road to 5G. The fast-paced video was unveiled at the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Safety 2019 Conference in New Orleans, …

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Shareholders invited to participate in Addendum 1 of industry standard ANSI/TIA -222-H

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-14 engineering committee on structural standards for communication and small wind turbine support structures has issued a call for interest for document ANSI/TIA-222-H-1 titled Structural Standard For Antenna Supporting Structures, Antennas and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures- Addendum 1. This will update the amplification forces on antenna supporting structures supported by buildings or other supporting structures as well …

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Nebraska streamlines small cell installations with bill passage

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Industry trade associations applauded Nebraska  Governor Pete Ricketts’ signing the state’s small cell deployment legislation, available here. “On behalf of NATE’s 12 member companies in Nebraska, the association applauds Governor Ricketts and members of the Nebraska State Senate for getting this important legislation across the finish line,” stated NATE Wireless Industry Network Director Scott Krouse. “NATE’s Wireless Industry Network worked …