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South Carolina technician, 44, is 10th industry worker to die this year

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UPDATE: Authorities have identified the tower technician who fell approximately 100 feet from a cell tower in Greeneville, Tenn. yesterday as 44-year-old Allen Lee Cotton of Sumter, S.C. Two of his co-workers from Central USA Wireless did not see him fall, according to Greeneville Police Officer Shawn Hinkle’s report which provided information regarding the 12:25 p.m. incident. “Mr. Cotton was …

Technician succumbs following a 100-foot fall in Greeneville, Tennessee

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A tower technician fell to his death this afternoon in Greeneville, Tenn., according to Greene County EMS Director Robert Sayne, who said he was at approximately the 100-foot level when the incident occurred. Sayne did not have any additional information. An individual familiar with the worker’s death, said the tech was working on an Ericsson project for Sprint on a 197-foot …

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NATE’s Carlson, Miller and Tracy re-elected; Little assumes board seat

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2015 Board of Directors election. Candidates Kari Carlson, Chief Operating Officer of Tower Systems, Inc. in Watertown, S.D. and Winter Park, Fla; Jim Miller, President of EasTex Tower, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Jim Tracy, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Wash. …

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Falling fuel prices providing early holiday gifts, especially to American Tower

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Contractors and other infrastructure companies have seen free-falling fuel prices prop up their bottom line as gasoline continues to drop across the nation to its lowest prices since 2009. Although diesel fuel’s drop hasn’t been as dramatic, it too is showing a steady decline. Even though Spectrum Antenna Service and 23 other Missouri-based contractors can get gas today for as little as …

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Corroded anchor may have contributed to a South Dakota tower’s collapse

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A guyed tower in Mitchell, SD collapsed on Monday on West Havens Ave. due to severe winter weather conditions, but a corroded anchor rod may have contributed to the structure’s failure. The anchor shaft on one of the tower’s outer foundations separated from its deadman foundation  due to severe corrosion, according to an individual knowledgeable about the collapse. Following the anchor …

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Report: 5G growth won’t be introduced as quickly as 4G networks

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If you’re looking to cash in on increased contractor opportunities that will become available as America moves towards a still undefined 5G network, seen as the mobile interface on which the network of the 2020’s and 2030’s will be based, you might have to reevaluate your business plan, according to a new market data forecast released by ABI Research. Research …

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After two years of sparring, KSMQ settles tower collapse claim

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When KSMQ-TV’s tower collapsed on Sept. 5, 2012 in Austin, Minn. during a severe wind and rain storm, the public television station turned to their insurance carrier to assist them in covering their anticipated cost of $620,000 to replace their 444-foot tall guyed tower. Then The Hanover Insurance Group threw them a curve ball, stating that they weren’t going to …

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New year will usher in eased FAA lighting failure reporting requirements

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), through coordination with the FCC and other federal stakeholders, expects by mid-January 2015 to streamline the online process for submitting Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) to alert pilots to tower lighting outages. The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued an advisory earlier this week announcing the FAA’s new process which will permit tower owners to individually select …

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Wind speed tower ruling in Oklahoma sets new lighting standards

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The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC)  has adopted emergency rules designed to protect low-flying aircraft from towers over 50’ in height used to measure and record wind speed. The new lamping law requires companies who erect wind speed measurement towers to mark them according to the Commission’s rules.  It is presumed that it would also include all of the State’s meteorological …

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California Wireless Association recognizes key companies and members

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The California Wireless Association (Calwa) has announced the recipients of the 2014 Golden State Wireless Awards. The awards acknowledge individuals, companies, and organizations for their efforts and commitment to the wireless industry for the state of California. Receiving the Golden Sponsor Awards were Talley and Crown Castle. Recipients of the Golden State Wireless Award were Joint Venture Silicon Valley and …

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South Wireless Summit will rise again as one of the premiere industry shows

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The South ​Wireless ​Summit, ​an ​annual ​meeting ​hosted ​by ​the ​South ​Wireless ​Summit ​Association, expects record attendance at its conference March 16-18, 2015 in Nashville, TN. The group’s focus, supported by PCIA and participating state wireless association from AL, AR, OK, NC, SC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN and TX, is to educate its members to changes and advancements …

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Leading wireless industry staffing firm Telforce Group adds IT

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TelForce Group, an industry leading staffing company for wireless infrastructure personnel, recently launched a new IT division that will be headquartered in Raleigh, NC.   TelForce Group is headquartered in Nashville, TN. Ron Deese, Founder and CEO of TelForce Group states that with this new division, TelForce Group will be able to provide human capital to all industries. The IT division …

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Vertical Bridge picks up iHeartMedia’s towers for $400 million

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iHeartMedia today announced a deal to sell an undisclosed group of its radio towers to tower owner Vertical Bridge for up to $400 million. The broadcaster will continue to use the towers in a lease arrangement after the purchase closes, which is expected in the first quarter of 2015. iHeartMedia says the sale will help optimize its balance sheet and maximize …

AT&T construction and engineering chief reportedly taking Goodman Networks’ COO job

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Update: December 5, 2014 –  Goodman Networks has announced that Ernie Carey will take the helm of the design, engineering, construction and deployment firm’s operations as its chief operating officer. In a press release, Ron Hill, Goodman Networks’ CEO said, “Throughout his long telecommunications industry career, Carey has successfully managed a variety of vast and complex systems and networks, including responsibility for …