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Following FCC’s scathing outage report, CenturyLink might be bracing for a serious fine

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The FCC has released a scathing report detailing the cause and impact of a nationwide CenturyLink network outage that occurred late last year, along with recommendations to help prevent similar outages from occurring in the future. It could be a prelude to a serious fine, especially considering that in 2015, CenturyLink was zapped with a $16 million fine from the …

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Mobilitie looks to foreign investment fund to fuel 5G wireless deployment – gets $1 Billion

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Mobilitie has announced a $1B exclusive arrangement with an unnamed foreign investment fund to fuel the next five years of growth around 5G infrastructure. The partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for the company to speed both U.S. and international 5G growth and expansion and bring unprecedented connectivity to consumers. Christos Karmis, President and CEO of Mobilitie, stated, “We’re excited about the opportunity …

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Contractor didn’t anticipate dress rehearsal for monopole pour and erection, leads Fast Forward Friday

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THE SECOND TIME AROUND WILL BE TO CHARM THE BUILDING INSPECTOR For unknown reasons, a tower erector in Arkansas didn’t call for inspections when they poured the foundation and erected a 150-foot monopole. They didn’t have a third-party inspection and will be accorded a second opportunity to rip out and re-pour the base and re-erect the white stealth flagpole tower …

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Sixth 2019 tower tech death was kept quiet for over six weeks

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After six weeks of investigating leads, Wireless Estimator has confirmed that an 18-year-old tower technician working on an AT&T installation project fell from a New Jersey monopole and died upon impact. The New York resident’s death had not been reported in local, social or industry media and most likely would have been kept private by the worker’s company and the …

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Tower techs and families are major benefactors of T-Mobile’s 6th annual golf tournament

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T-Mobile hosted its 6th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament on Wednesday, July 24 in Newcastle, Washington. At the event, T-Mobile and the event’s 41 industry sponsors continued their generous track record by presenting $235,000 directly to the Tower Family Foundation (TFF). Funds totaling upward of $1 million have now been distributed to TFF and Warriors4Wireless through the tournament’s five years of …

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FCC chief formally recommends approval of the T-Mobile/Sprint marriage

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today shared a draft Order that would approve, subject to conditions, the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. “After one of the most exhaustive merger reviews in Commission history, the evidence conclusively demonstrates that this transaction will bring fast 5G wireless service to many more Americans and help close the digital divide in rural …

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Auto-racing icon Kyle Petty to deliver keynote address at NATE UNITE 2020

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Kyle Petty will deliver the keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. NATE UNITE 2020 will take place February 17-20, 2020 at the Raleigh Convention Center.  NATE UNITE is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive education event in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure …

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Insurer must provide bankrupt Monarch Towers and its owner coverage following two tech deaths

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A Florida federal judge on Friday ruled that a tower erector’s insurance company doesn’t have to represent and indemnify Sarasota, Florida-based Broadcast Tower Technologies in a lawsuit following a July 8, 2013 accident in New Town, North Dakota that resulted in the death of two tower techs, but it does have to represent the contractor’s bankrupt company and its owner. …

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Florida firefighters rescue an injured tech hanging from a self-supporting tower

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A tower tech was rescued by firefighters this morning about 9 a.m. after he fainted and received head injuries, according to the News Press, as he climbed down from a self-supporting communications tower in the rear of Premiere International College on Central Avenue in downtown Ft. Myers, Florida. According to Fort Myers Deputy Fire Chief Tracy McMillion, the tech had been …

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Prayers asked for tower tech who fell and has been in critical condition for 11 days

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A tower tech who fell off a Missouri guyed tower on July 30, still remains in intensive care in critical condition and friends, family and co-workers are asking for the nation’s prayers for his recovery. Sources knowledgeable of the incident informed Wireless Estimator that Devon Smith of New Orleans, was on a Kansas City Power & Light-owned  tower near Warrensburg in …

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FCC concludes  that 5G RF exposure is safe in America

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The FCC has restated its conviction that 5G does not pose a health risk in America and it will not change its existing RF exposure limits, emphasizing that such limits are already among the safest in the world. “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current …

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Easy app is a first line of defense in reducing injuries and saving lives

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Over 1,100 tower site hazards were identified and corrected last year. They weren’t found by accident, but were discovered through the active participation of 138 companies  taking advantage of the National Association of Tower Erectors STAR Initiative program that uses a free app that easily assists workers in identifying site safety hazards. To highlight this app, NATE has released a video entitled …

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Tech’s death identified as ‘medical emergency’, but some believe it was an accident

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A 41-year-old Ohio tower technician foreman, Eric James Connors, passed away August 1, 2019, with conflicting reports as to whether his death was due to a worksite accident or a medical emergency occurring when his crew was working on an antenna installation project for WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio on a tower owned by American Tower Corp. The event reportedly took …

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One copper thief dead, one critical after Oklahoma AM transmitter site electrocution

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UPDATE: August 5, 2019 -Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a woman in connection to the electrocution of a man at a radio tower near Sand Springs on Sunday. Angie West, 37, was booked into the Tulsa County jail Sunday night on a complaint of first-degree murder. Prosecutors charged her today only with one count of entering with intent to …

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Tower erector’s bookkeeper arrested after she decided to become a silent partner

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Tower construction is difficult enough to maintain a profit without your bookkeeper dipping into the till. When the owner of Tower Service and Manufacturing in Greenwood, Ind. went to his bank in April of 2018 to transfer $4,000 from his business checking account he was told that he didn’t have enough funds to complete the transaction. Not so, he knew, …

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DOJ greenlights T-Mobile-Sprint merger, requiring them to give up 20,000 cell sites

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The Department of Justice today approved the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, allowing the $26 billion deal to move forward after years of exploration by the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless companies. The merger required the approval of the DOJ which enforces antitrust law, and the FCC which directs the telecommunications industry. In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai broadcast his …

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NATE members privileged to participate in ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’ White House event

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A delegation of National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) leaders were invited to represent the Association in a workforce development-themed event today at the White House in Washington, D.C. The NATE members were invited to participate by President Donald Trump and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump. At the event, President Trump and Ivanka Trump both delivered remarks commemorating the One Year Anniversary …

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AT&T’s remaining US towers and those in Mexico are on the chopping block

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In its second quarter earnings conference call today, AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed that the carrier is looking to sell its remaining cell towers in the U.S as well as those in Mexico. In discussing asset sales, Stephens said, “I think that it’s public knowledge that we’re out there selling our collections of about 1,300 U.S. cell towers that …