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5G’s future could literally be full of hot air…and drones leads Fast Forward Friday articles

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Article Media 5G’s Future Could Literally Be Full of Hot Air… And Drones LightReading Verizon competing with telecom company to replace Chico water tower Enterprise-Record New network for first responders raises concern among media The Washington Post FCC Chairman cautions India, says 5G can impact national security Inc42 Senators debut bill to boost broadband map accuracy MeriTalk Maine bill to …

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Tower Infrastructure Deployment bill introduced by Representatives Walberg and Clarke

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Update: June 14, 2019 –  Commenting on the bill he co-sponsored with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to establish a Telecommunications Workforce Development Advisory Council, Congressman Tim Walberg said in a statement today, “As the telecom industry deploys next generation technologies, there are tens of thousands of good-paying, highly-skilled jobs but nobody to fill them. Developing a skilled workforce needs to be …

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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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Bureaucracy is hindering implementation of TIRAP program, Tilson chief tells legislators

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In a hearing before the House subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development Tuesday, one of the nation’s largest telecommunications contractor’s CEO informed its members that the advancement of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) was burdened by state and federal conflicts and that 5G’s deployment is going to be delayed by a number of years due to the shortage …

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FCC names winners who spent $2.7 billion in millimeter wave auctions

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The FCC has released the names of companies (see full list of Auction 101 and Auction 102 below) that won licenses in the recently completed auction of spectrum suitable for 5G deployments in the 24 GHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave bands. In the $2.7 billion raised, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Windstream, Starry and U.S. Cellular were the big winners. Each …

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Sprint lights up mobile 5G in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City

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Some of Sprint’s customers today 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. The next generation of wireless service is now here, delivering blazing-fast download speeds in areas of Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. In the coming weeks, Sprint also expects …

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T-Mobile/Sprint merger heading towards the finish line with open arms from the FCC

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Today, T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation committed to the Federal Communications Commission that they would take a series of significant steps if the companies’ merger application is approved.  That move caused Chairman Ajit Pai to recommend to his colleagues that the FCC approve the proposed $26 billion deal. Commissioner Brendan Carr agreed, stating: “Approving this combination will help the …

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Panel affirms Illinois site acquisition attorney should be suspended over forged docs

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Update: May 21, 2019 – A representative of Lora, Chanthadouangsy, and Castellano (LCC) has informed Wireless Estimator that attorney Robert Czarnik who was suspended by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) for four months was terminated by LCC on October 16, 2014. They said that Czarnik was reported to the ARDC after LCC learned of his alleged misconduct and the company …

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Commish’s push for rural broadband was scripted 122 years ago

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, the agency’s point man for encouraging why and how the country should unite in order for the US to become the world’s leader in rolling out 5G, retweeted a 122- year-old article (below) from The Daily Northwestern lamenting phone dependency, a “disease from which friends or those afflicted suffer.” Fast-forward to 2020 and the irony of …

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NATE industry advocates hit the Hill running at full speed

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With new members of the 116th Congress having had the opportunity to settle in, NATE members reached out to them as well as seasoned legislators to inform them of their company’s efforts and roadblocks in building out 5G as well as maintaining the nation’s communications networks. The inaugural fly-in was initiated by NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. Prior to being …

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Nation’s site component selections expand with Connect-It Wireless joining the Valmont Site Pro 1 family

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Site Pro 1, an industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of wireless site components and safety products, announced today that it has acquired the operational assets of Connect-It Wireless, distributor of wireless site components in the United States. Connect-It Wireless will operate under the Valmont Site Pro 1 brand. Connect-It Wireless, founded in 2003, quickly became one of the industry’s key providers …

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5G was rushed to market – It shows, leads Fast-Forward Friday

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Article Media 5G was rushed to market – It shows Light Reading Syracuse takes steps to address uncertainty over 5G wireless network Syracuse.com FCC: Lack of coordinantion extended hurricane-related wireless outages Multichannel Broadband internet looms large in county commission election Government Technology Montana Governor vetoes bill creating tax abatement for high-speed broadband KPAX CenturyLink focused on fiber strategy, advisors hired …

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$2 trillion infrastructure proposal will have a welcomed emphasis on broadband

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The wireless construction industry could get a welcomed shot in the arm since broadband is expected to be part of the $2 trillion spending plan on infrastructure that President Donald Trump agreed to in a meeting with Democratic leaders today after he met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House to begin …

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NCOSH casting a wide net in its investigation of a fiber installation explosion that killed two

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The N.C. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) is using a shotgun approach to uncover whether proper procedures were followed marking utility lines as well as drilling around those lines prior to a gas explosion on April 10 that killed  a shop owner and utility employee and injured 25 other individuals. N.C. DOL Public Information Officer Mary Katherine Revels …

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Grant Seiffert to Lead WIA’s workforce development team and TIRAP

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced that Grant Seiffert has joined WIA as Vice President of Workforce Development and Executive Director of Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). “We are excited that Grant has joined the WIA team to help implement our vision of developing a stronger wireless workforce to build and maintain 5G networks,” said WIA President and CEO …

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Sprint’s 5G ‘E’ lawsuit against AT&T settled, ending what was considered a PR ploy

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According to a court document obtained by Wireless Estimator, Sprint’s lawsuit against AT&T for deceptively marketing its upgraded 4G service as “5G Evolution,” has been settled. U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick for the Southern District of New York said that both parties informed him during a status conference yesterday that they had reached a settlement. They’re required by tomorrow …

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The 5G status quo is clearly not good enough: T-Mobile’s Neville Ray, who slams Millimeter-wave

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  Editor’s note: Instead of paraphrasing T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray’s comments in his blog today, we’ve published it in its entirety. Of interest, he doesn’t comment about any of Sprint’s 5G comments that could be seen as embellishments.  5G is at the height of the hype curve right now. There’s a lot of buzz and froth about this vital, important …

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Serious workforce shortage has the wireless industry and FCC pulling together to solve it

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Although it’s difficult to assess exactly how many additional trained tower technicians America needs to build out 5G, it’s clear that there is a shortage of skilled workers and Aiken Technical College (ATC) in South Carolina is helping to fill that gap with the nation’s most successful tower and wireless installation training program. After observing the ATC program in Graniteville …

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FCC order and the order that software plays in 5G are key Wireless West sessions

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Day two of the Wireless West conference kicked off with a wireless fireside chat with Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager – Silicon and 5G Connectivity Partners at Microsoft. “We are seeing a lot of investment in software in hardware companies,” Bernard said. “For example, Tesla, about 6% of their employees are software developers.  Traditionally, Ford for example, that number …

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Belting up inside the Beltway is seen by millions of viewers

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$20.4 billion opportunity fund and third auction announced President Trump’s 5G press conference from the Roosevelt room (video below) in the White House on Friday spotlighted the nation’s tower climbers as they surrounded him with support  during his and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s presentation. It was a proud industry moment as President Trump complimented infrastructure builders, as many millions of …