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Ugly cell sites can be rejected leads 20 Fast-Forward Friday news stories

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Article Media San Francision can reject 5G equipment it views as too ugly Bloomberg SC school district’s cell phone tower program draws scrutiny FITSNews WIA’s Adelstein: 5G deployment faces a skills gap RCR Wireless News How a Trump admin ruling could hurt effort to improve data coverage in Syracuse’s poor areas Syracuse.com Deadline to adopt and publish small cell facility …

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Bowing to PR pressure, Sprint turns off a cell site that passed RF tests three times

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UPDATE – April 5, 2019 – Lawyers at the Cochran Law Firm said yesterday they’re investigating a link between cancer-causing chemicals used at the former Nestle decaffeination plant near the Ripon school site, and the high rate of cancer in the area, according to CBS 13. April 4, 2019 — Although a Sprint cell site at the Weston Elementary School in Ripon, Calif. …

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First ‘brick’ has provided workers with an enjoyable 46 years of infrastructure builds. Thanks, Marty!

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Forty-six years ago today on April 3, 1973, Marty Cooper changed the course of history when he made the first call from a handheld, portable phone in midtown Manhattan. With the transformative impact of smartphones being felt by industries across the globe, and as the first 5G smartphones hit the market in 2019, Wireless Estimator and the National Association of …

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U.S. tied with China in global 5G race, new report finds

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The U.S. is tied for first with China in global 5G readiness, according to a new report from global telecommunications research firm Analysys Mason. Making an influx of spectrum available to America’s wireless industry over the next five years will help secure America’s 5G leadership, add $391 billion to the U.S. economy and create 1.8 million new jobs according to …

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QualTek expands Midwest presence with acquisition of Vertical Limit

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QualTek, a leading provider of turnkey solutions, including engineering, installation, fulfillment, recovery logistics and program management to the North American telecommunications and power sectors, is pleased to announce it has acquired Vertical Limit LLC, a highly-respected provider of infrastructure services to the wireless telecommunications industry. The acquisition of Vertical Limit continues QualTek’s expansion strategy across North America as demand from …

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Canada’s CDPQ jumps into telecom with a 30% stake in Vertical Bridge

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In their first foray into telecom, $310 billion institutional investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), one of Canada’s biggest retirement fund managers, has announced it has reached an agreement to acquire a thirty percent stake in the main operating subsidiary of Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC, the largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure in the United States. Vertical Bridge …

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With prank videos and articles, industry was also ‘GraviHook’ed on April 1

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If April 1 isn’t your spouse’s or a loved one’s birthday or other special date, the day sneaks up on you along with a number of April Fools’ Day articles and videos, oftentimes catching you off guard as Wireless Estimator’s Huawei CFO’s Releasei and Dust Spectrum articles did to over 8,000 viewers yesterday, many of them not catching on until …

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Huawei CFO’s release requires her to show how she swapped out cell site circuit boards

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Tina Glandian, the attorney for ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, shocked the nation this morning when she announced that she has brokered a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to have all financial fraud charges against Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou dropped, her extradition hearing to the U.S. terminated, and all records sealed. Wanzhou was scheduled to have her first …

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FCC to unveil breakthrough technology to replace billion-dollar spectrum bids

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The nation’s media was quick to note last week that FCC Commissioners, normally incessantly microblogging their Twitter followers with FCC information and what they believe are cultural consciousness must-reads on every imaginable subject, haven’t tweeted once since last Tuesday. An exclusive report this morning by Emmet T. Witllinger of POLITICO’s Morning Tech uncovered why. The federal agency has been feverishly working on …

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PiRod’s founder Myron Noble leaves us, but memories of his kindness will last forever

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Do you know what the death rate in Indiana is? One per person. In most quarters that would be considered an irreverent way to begin an article about someone’s passing, but for those who had the privilege of knowing tower manufacturer PiRod’s founder Myron Noble, he wouldn’t want it any other way, and is most likely laughing, even if he’s heard that …

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A safer more professional industry mourns the passing of NATE founder Bill Carlson

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William (Bill) Carlson, President and CEO of Tower Systems, Inc., and heralded as the founding father of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), passed away peacefully at home on Mon., March 25, 2019, leaving a legacy of friendship, leadership, mentoring and a collective belief that through his efforts the wireless construction industry has become one of the most professional …

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Services set for New Jersey tower tech who died after falling from Georgia monopole

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UPDATE: March 27, 2019 – Services have been set for Devon James Collins who passed away on March 21, 2019 in an industry accident. He attended Pinelands Regional H.S., and graduated from Oakcrest H.S. in Mays Landing, NJ. Devon not only loved climbing cell towers, but he loved and cherished the tower family he gained and grew into nationwide over the …

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Widening student cancer concerns appear to be based upon inaccurate cell site RF test results

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When a fourth child was diagnosed with cancer at a San Joaquin County, Calif. elementary school earlier this year, parents championed the need to have a Sprint cell tower removed from the Weston Elementary school campus since it could be causing harm to students. The Ripon Unified School District (RUSD) sent out a letter to parents stating that the RF …

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Congressman Loebsack tours Crown Castle monopole site in Iowa

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U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) today conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Le Claire, Iowa. The tour was facilitated by representatives from the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), the Association’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) and Crown Castle. The site visit was held at a Crown Castle-owned monopole cell tower site that is conveniently located in …

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NWSA announces 2019’s first Practical Examiner Accreditation workshop in Wisconsin

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshop scheduled for April 23-25 in Mukwonago, Wisc. The workshop, the first offered by NWSA in 2019, will be hosted by ENSA North America. Registration is available here. NWSA-accredited Practical Examiners are NWSA-certified personnel …

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Christian radio station owner dies after fall from his Louisiana tower

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Sixty-two-year-old Barry McCall died Monday afternoon from injuries he received when he fell while working on his Christian radio station’s guyed tower in Lake Charles, La. McCall founded Eternal Life Broadcasting KELB 100.5 FM in 2013, according to FCC documents.  Their non-directional antenna structure for the non-commercial station is 89-feet above ground level. An electrician by trade, McCall would take …

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Texas tower designed for 90 mph wind speed toppled in a 54 mph gust

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High winds early this morning caused the collapse of 300-foot self-supporting tower in northwest Abilene, Tex. Owned by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the structure is located at the Abilene District office at 45250 North Clack St. Crews discovered the downed tower this morning around 5 a.m, according to Cheryl Sawyers, spokeswoman for the TxDOT Abilene District. “We suspected …

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Three key leaders appointed to National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board of Governors

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has announced that Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator for MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services, Neal Brown, Department Manager of Wireless Development at Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Inc. and Sonya Roshek, Vice President, Field Services for B+T Group have been appointed as new members of the Alliance’s Board of Governors. NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national …

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American Tower’s stock goes through the ceiling as Crown Castle and SBA reach record highs

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American Tower Corp. (AMT) reached record high trades this morning of $187.80, shrugging off analyst Jim Cramer’s March 4 bearish outlook on the stock when it was $178.57. On March 11, ATC rewarded investors by hiking its dividend to 90 cents. Eight executives had planned stock sales on March 10 at a price of $181.61 per share, with the largest …