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The pink carrier continues to put contractors in the red as they withhold payments

In Featured News by Wireless Estimator

When T-Mobile canceled 5G upgrades and new builds nationwide in late August, a spokesperson informed Wireless Estimator that they were managing capital expenditures “as we do every year, and we continue to invest billions to build out our network aggressively, expanding LTE coverage and performance while simultaneously laying the foundation for broad, nationwide 5G in 2020.” A month later, it was revealed that …

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Carr applauds tower climber program that will expand America’s 5G workforce

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr lauded the announcement that the South Dakota Board of Technical Education has approved the creation of a new Wireless Infrastructure Technician Certification program at Southeast Technical Institute in South Dakota in partnership with VIKOR Teleconstruction. “Earlier this year, I announced a jobs initiative to expand America’s 5G workforce.  Industry estimates that it needs to fill another 20,000 …

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T-Mobile-Sprint merger passes along party lines at FCC, but deal is still in limbo until December

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The FCC approved the controversial T-Mobile-Sprint $26.5 billion merger along party lines today, closing the FCC’s review. Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks voted against the deal, with Rosenworcel being the most vociferant. “We’ve all seen what happens when markets become more concentrated after a merger like this one. In the airline industry, it brought us baggage fees and …

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South Dakota’s wireless technician training program will assist in connecting the state to 5G

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The South Dakota Board of Technical Education has approved the creation of a Wireless Infrastructure Technician Certification program through a partnership with Southeast Technical Institute (Southeast Tech) and VIKOR. VIKOR, formerly Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, is one of the leading providers of wireless infrastructure in South Dakota. The company saw a growing need to establish this educational program in …

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AT&T to exit Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands for $1.95 billion, will support FirstNet

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AT&T has announced that it plans to sell its wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to Liberty Latin America. The transaction includes network assets, including spectrum; real estate and leases; customers, including 1.1 million wireless subscribers; and contracts. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will receive $1.95 billion in cash. The transaction is …

TIRAP’s Board adds T-Mobile’s Gastelum and MUTI-Sabre Industries’ Brewer

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has announced that Heather Gastelum, T-Mobile’s senior manager for national site safety & T-Mobile for Business Development, and Stephanie Brewer, Compliance Coordinator for MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services, were elected to serve on WIA’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Advisory Board. “The TIRAP Board welcomes Heather and Stephanie and appreciates their vision toward building a …

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Hightower and Tilson escort the benefits of TIRAP in apprenticeship’s new video

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Hightower Communications and Tilson workers along with their company CEOs are featured in a new Wireless Industry Association (WIA) video promoting the benefits of joining the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) along with 27 other companies that have had 2,000 apprentices participate in the program. The video was unveiled at Tuesday’s WIA awards dinner in Washington, DC that raised …

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Cell tower gets reporter’s clean bill of health as tap water becomes the next cancer-causing agent

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After four students were diagnosed with cancer in Ripon, Calif., parents attacked the usual maligned suspect, a cell tower on school property which Sprint later removed after community pressure.   Wireless Estimator debunked the RF testing methods used by an independent consultant hired by concerned parents.   The next suspicious agent was the drinking water at the Weston Elementary School since Ripon shut …

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Swarztrauber, FCC Chairman Pai’s new policy advisor, is well-versed on towers and wireless infrastructure

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UPDATE: September 30, 2019 –  In the FCC’s official statement announcing that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed Evan Swarztrauber as his policy advisor, Pai said,  “I’m pleased to have Evan join our team. Having served in Commissioner Carr’s office, he brings a wealth of experience on telecom issues and is well positioned to advance our policy agenda.” Commissioner Brendan Carr …

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T-Mobile stops paying its contractors, keeping its market managers in the dark

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Commentary In late August, Wireless Estimator broke the story that T-Mobile had pulled many of their contractors’ purchase orders and would not be providing any additional fourth quarter builds throughout the nation, forcing wireless contractors to assess their financial position in order to maintain the additional crews that they staffed early in the year to meet T-Mobile’s promised projects. It’s …

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Starks rips into Huawei, stating that a ‘rip and replace’ equipment program could cost $1 billion

In Featured News by Craig Lekutis

In an address to attendees of the Competitive Carriers Association’s convention in Providence, Rhode Island yesterday, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said he’s focused on communications network security and slammed Chinese manufacturer Huawei, stating they pose a national security risk. His message was of great interest to the regional operators in the audience, many of them who have the suspect gear …

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Journal retracts paper alleging RF dangers coverup; author says ‘Big Wireless’ made them do it

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Magnetochemistry, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, retracted an article they published on May 5, 2019 from a controversial New Zealand researcher who believes that scientists are suppressing evidence that people are being harmed by radiofrequency radiation. Susan Pockett, a psychologist at the University of Auckland in her paper titled  “Conflicts of interest and misleading statements in official reports about the …

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Crown asks court to rule on California county’s unlawful node application fees

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Crown Castle Fiber LLC, in a U.S. District Court of Western California filing, is requesting that the court restrict Santa Barbara County, California from charging unlawful, unreasonable and excessive fees in order to deploy wireless infrastructure within the county’s rights-of-way. Crown said the county is putting it  in the untenable position of having to pay fees in excess of what …

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Climbing Commissioner Carr puts boots on the steel again in South Dakota

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Last month, South Dakota picked up a monumental $705.5 million out of the FCC’s $5 billion rural broadband funding. And yesterday, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr was in the state getting an elevated view as to how those funds will benefit rural America. Carr climbed to the 100-foot level of a 330-foot guyed tower in Mitchell to view first-hand the installation …

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NATE co-founder and former Chairman Snyder testifies at U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing

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NATE Co-Founder and Former Chairman Craig Snyder, CEO at Vikor Teleconstruction, provided expert witness testimony at today’s U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet hearing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The hearing, “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation”, was convened by U.S. Senator John Thune, R-SD, who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee. During …

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T-Mobile cancels 5G upgrades and new builds nationwide, possibly crippling some contractors

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Beginning last Friday, contractors started getting calls from T-Mobile’s market managers informing them that most purchase orders they had for new builds and 5G upgrades were going to be put on hold until 2020 unless materials for the project were sitting in a warehouse. The news came as a shock to many wireless contracting companies that had been counting on …

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Sprint lights up mobile 5G in Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

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Sprint said that its customers 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. In a press release they said, “The next generation of wireless service is here, delivering blazing-fast speeds in areas of Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. True Mobile 5G from Sprint is set to …

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Color privilege, gen sets, graffiti used as ploys to deny 5G deployments: WIA

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its rules to facilitate broadband deployment by promoting collocations on existing wireless facilities. As part of its request, WIA has asked the FCC to rectify an unnecessary barrier to broadband deployment due to the divergent treatment of compound expansions around wireless facilities. These petitions are based on the FCC’s explicit authority …

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In America’s most barren broadband district, Congressman Mullin tours an ATC tower site

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On Monday, U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The tour was facilitated by representatives from the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), the Association’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) and American Tower Corporation. The site visit was held at an American Tower-owned self-supporting cell tower site that is located in …

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T-Mobile gets FCC’s nod to bid on 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz licenses

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The FCC released an Order today granting T-Mobile’s request for a waiver of the Commission’s rules that prohibit an FCC spectrum auction applicant from being party to a joint bidding or similar arrangement. The Commission granted T-Mobile’s request for a waiver despite its ongoing attempt to acquire Sprint. On July 11, 2019, the Commission announced the application and bidding procedures …