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Trump took a special interest in a contractor’s rooftop telecom mounting frame lift

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When Donald Trump’s older daughter, Ivanka, introduced him at the Republican National Convention last night, she highlighted that his success in developing properties partly came from his deep-seated desire to receive worker feedback. “Billionaire executives don’t usually ask the people doing the work for their opinions of the work,” said Ivanka. “And typically money moguls don’t take an interest in …

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New York county fire official is killed while at tower site doing maintenance

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The top fire official in Tioga County, N.Y was killed yesterday when a county pickup truck struck him while backing up, according to the county’s sheriff’s department. Tioga County Fire Coordinator John Scott, 71, of Campville, was one of several employees who were performing maintenance at a county radio tower on Carmichael Rd. in the Town of Owego when he …

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TIRAP encourages ongoing safety training with new video on standards for tower work

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Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Board Chairman Scott Kisting today announced the availability of a new video aimed at raising awareness of the critical role standards play in the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure throughout the United States. Because the responsibility for understanding and following task-specific standards is the responsibility of the companies and the professionals doing the work, it …

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Tower owner Digital Bridge spreads its wings with a major data center acquisition

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Digital Bridge Holdings announced today the acquisition of DataBank, Ltd., a leading North American provider of enterprise-class data center solutions including colocation, managed services, as well as cloud and network services. Digital Bridge has partnered with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, Allstate Investments and The Edgewater Funds in the acquisition. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. …

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Trade groups and carriers are overwhelmingly pleased with the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers

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A glut of press statements were released this afternoon from carriers and trade groups, heartily endorsing the FCC’s adoption of new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, setting the U.S. as the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services.  Applauding the 5G Spectrum Frontiers vote were:  National Association of …

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FCC’s new sweeping Spectrum Frontier rules will open up 11 GHz of spectrum

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The FCC today adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. Building on the successful, flexible approach to spectrum policy that enabled the explosion of 4G (LTE), these rules set a strong foundation for the rapid …

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As AT&T experiments with flying COWs they’re currently inspecting towers with drones

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By John Donovan Chief Strategy Officer and Group President – AT&T Technology and Operations Imagine you’re at a concert watching your favorite band, and out of the corner of your eye you notice a tethered drone hovering nearby. But this drone isn’t taking photos or videos of the band.  It’s temporarily providing enhanced LTE wireless coverage at the packed venue …

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After a few shots and beers, tower crew invites bar patron to film them during his first climb

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Commentary –  Almost every week, Wireless Estimator receives unsolicited emails condemning social media posts and news outlets showing tower climbers working unsafely or not utilizing proper fall protection gear, wanting us to excoriate the offenders. We seldom publish them, opting to promote proactive articles and safety videos such as those produced by the National Association of Tower Erectors and the …

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AM station counts continue to decline in FCC’s latest totals

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According to the FCC’s latest quarterly report, ending June 30, 2016, there were four fewer AM broadcast stations from the previous quarter. Since June 30, 2015, the total decline is 22. Commercial FM stations increased from year to year by 48, increasing by one in the past quarter. Commercial TV stations saw mixed results for the quarter. One UHF station …

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New Navy guidelines will streamline the wireless siting process on federal bases

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The United States Department of the Navy (DON) has formally released new guidelines designed to improve the speed at which wireless infrastructure facilities are deployed on properties owned by the U.S. Government and operated by the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. The memorandum — titled “Streamlined Process for Commercial Broadband Deployment” — was signed by the Deputy Under Secretary …

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Questionable generator footprint could cost American Tower up to $140,000

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A real estate investor bought a Roanoke, Va. property last May that had American Tower Corporation enjoying a small leased portion of the 2613 Franklin Rd. site for a multi-tenant tower, but after Farrell Properties, Limited reviewed the lease documents, they’re claiming that ATC had encroached upon land outside of their leased area and put in a generator, and they …

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GCI feels the FCC’s wrath again, this time for 911 outages costing them $2.4 million

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication, Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation into five 911 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska between August 2008 and April 2016.  As part of the settlement, GCI has agreed to strengthen its procedures for providing 911 service and …

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State by state industry deaths analysis provides a linch pin for continuing dialogue

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For 13 years, Wireless Estimator has been compiling data on industry-related fatalities, and presented that information last month to a dozen public and private safety professionals for analysis to see if there are any common threads that could be explored to reduce tower climber deaths. The only commonality, however, was that although there were 116 fatality incidents since 2003, assigning any significance based upon …

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Confounding clearing cost of $86,433,558,704 reached in spectrum auction

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An unexpectedly high clearing cost of $86,422,558,704 was reached in the first reverse stage of the TV spectrum incentive auction that has concluded, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction Dashboard. Analysts were expecting between $35 billion to $60 billion. The next stage is the forward auction that will be for the wireless industry bidders to cover that amount, …

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Thousands of dropped calls couldn’t compete with 1976’s GOP fiasco

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All of the major carriers are boosting their networks ahead of the Republican national convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21, and the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Pa. July 25-28 with increased DAS systems, better backhaul, additional Cells on Wheels and other measures to ensure coverage for the events. But no matter how spotty the coverage is in …

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Tower workers compensated for heights and dangers while building the CN Tower

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Canada celebrated Toronto’s iconic 1,815-foot CN Tower’s 40th birthday yesterday as many of the iron workers who built it, lots of them now in their seventies and eighties, possibly celebrated that they weren’t killed during construction due to what appeared to be limited use of personal fall protection. But many of them photographed without any harness on didn’t appear to …

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Some question whether wireless infrastructure will benefit from joint GSMA and CTIA show

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Trade groups GSMA and CTIA are teaming up to bring a global event to San Francisco next year that will not rival the highest attended wireless ecosystem trade show in the world, Mobile World Congress, but will surely be a key event for North America. The new conference announcement is triggering conversation as to whether wireless infrastructure exhibitors and attendees …

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TIRAP releases new job safety video exploring standards for tower work

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Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Board Chairman Scott Kisting today encouraged members of the wireless infrastructure industry to watch a new online video that focusses on the ANSI/TIA 1019-A standard for telecommunications towers. The ANSI/TIA 1019-A standard provides construction considerations and loading requirements for telecommunications structures under construction related to antenna supporting structures and antennas. The standard addresses the …

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New drone regulations need clarification as the industry scratches its head

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The Federal Aviation Administration made it a lot easier today for a lot of wireless infrastructure companies to operate drones for mapping, safety and other purposes by easing restrictions on commercial drone use with its long-awaited Part 107 ruling. However, because the tower infrastructure industry is unique with its structures going as high as 2,000 feet, the regulations need clarification …