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Key executives at WIA: The tower biz is still where you want to be

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When the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) annual “View from the Top” presentation kicked off at yesterday’s Dallas, Tex. conference, audio problems kept the packed audience craning their necks for about 10 minutes to hear what was being said. But when WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein restarted the session from the beginning, it was crystal clear to attendees that 2016 …

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PCIA is history, as trade group changes to Wireless Infrastructure Association – WIA

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 At the  PCIA show this morning, in a move to better represent its growing membership, PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, announced the 67-year-old national trade association has changed its name to the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of WIA, made the announcement during his opening remarks at the annual Wireless Infrastructure Show, which brings together …

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Execs from HBO, AT&T and T-Mobile top speakers’ list at 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association has announced that the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas May 23-26 will feature keynote speeches from a dynamic group of thought leaders from the converging worlds of technology, telecommunications and entertainment. The show, which will take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, attracts more than 3,000 leaders and innovators from across the …

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Vermont’s legislators asking the Feds to audit $116 million telecom project

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Vermont’s lawmakers are asking federal regulators to conduct an audit of a $116 million grant and loan provided to VTel Wireless, stating that the company has passed by many communities with the broadband service it was paid to provide in Vermont. With similar resolutions, the House on Thursday passed  H.R.19, and the Senate’s version was referred to the Finance Committee. …

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Wireless industry tackles needed improvements for failing safety climb systems

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Officials from the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), which aims to promote worker safety, quality and efficiency within the wireless infrastructure industry, gathered representatives from wireless carriers, tower companies and safety climb system equipment manufacturers to hold a Safety Equipment Manufacturers Summit to maximize the critical role safety climb equipment plays in protecting climbers. The purpose of the gathering …

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Infrastructure’s role stressed to Illinois State Wireless Association members

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Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, delivered a keynote address at the Illinois State Wireless Association’s annual Education Luncheon today in suburban Chicago, stressing the important role wireless infrastructure plays in improving mobility for health care, education, public safety, agriculture, smart cities, and a host of other consumer and business products and services. PCIA is …

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PCIA joins forces with leading companies to host supplier diversity summit

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association has partnered with major wireless voice and data carriers and other industry leaders to host a Supplier Diversity Summit at the Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas May 23-26. The Summit will take place on May 25. The show is the leading industry conference focused on the companies, equipment and technologies that enable next-generation wireless …

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Workshop panelists ferret out tower climber concerns and possible solutions

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During his opening statement at a Department of Labor / Federal Communications Commission tower climber safety workshop on Feb. 11, 2016, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that “everybody has to be proactive,” emphasizing the need to champion pre-emptive strikes by all wireless industry stakeholders in order to continue to improve upon a lower climber fatality rate that was achieved in 2015. …

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FCC Chairman’s zero fatality message is clear even with slightly different fatality count

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Thursday’s message at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the Federal Communications Commission workshop was loud and clear as stated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “The industry that provides world-class wireless service must have world-class safety for its employees and contractors. Period,” said Wheeler in his opening remarks during the half-day session (video available here) at FCC headquarters in …

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FCC and DOL’s tower climber safety and apprenticeship program’s workshop agenda set

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As part of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) and Department of Labor’s (DOL) efforts to reduce communications tower-related fatalities and injuries, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announce the agenda for their upcoming workshop on tower climber safety and Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). As …

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FCC’s wireless competition report has its Commissioner and association adversaries

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The Federal Communications Commission released its 18th report to Congress on competition in the wireless industry which sheds little light on whether or not carriers are competitive. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau said in its report that the goal of the Commission is to promote competition and it “must continue to play an essential role in the mobile wireless industry,” hopefully …

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Appeals court rules FCC didn’t abuse its discretion with its wireless siting order

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled today that the Federal Communications Commission was within its rights to interpret legal terms in its Wireless Siting Order which adopts new environmental exemptions for DAS and small cells and gives a detailed interpretation of Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act that includes a new 60-day shot clock designed to …

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Former PCIA chief and wireless pioneer Jay Kitchen passes at age 70

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Emmett Benjamin “Jay” Kitchen, 70, one of the industry’s first and most respected advocates for a wireless America, passed away on Dec. 13, 2015 after battling Parkinson’s disease for 16 years. When Kitchen took over leadership of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) in 1994, he hit the ground running and put the organization structure in place to help win …

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Nation mourns the passing of Connie Durcsak who moved wireless forward

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Utilities Telecom Council President and CEO Connie Durcsak, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 14, and heartfelt tributes to the truly visionary leader from colleagues and friends are providing a glimpse of the many challenges and opportunities that she tackled head on, always going beyond the norm to expand the reach of the wireless industry. Durcsak earned her Master’s degree …

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PCIA head spotlights small cell and DAS solutions to meet demand for mobile data

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Jonathan Adelstein, the head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, today kicked off the 2015 HetNet (heterogeneous networks) Expo in Los Angeles by spotlighting the deployment of small cell and DAS (distributed antenna) systems in meeting the soaring consumer demand for wireless mobile data. Adelstein’s opening remarks highlighted a study released by iGR that projects the industry “spend” on …

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FCC takes steps to facilitate next generation technologies in spectrum above 24GHz

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The FCC took steps today to maintain United States leadership in wireless by proposing new rules for wireless broadband in wireless frequencies above 24 GHz. The spectrum was previously believed to be useless for mobile devices. These proposed rules are an opportunity to move forward on creating a regulatory environment in which these emerging next-generation mobile technologies – such as …

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PCIA Chief urges Senate committee to alleviate barriers to broadband development

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The head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association this morning urged the Senate to help alleviate the barriers hindering wireless broadband deployment so that the U.S. can continue meeting the “nearly insatiable and increasing demand” for mobile data and strengthen its capacity to compete in the global marketplace. “Wireless infrastructure enables the economic growth and technological innovation that is delivered …

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Lawmakers’ RF concerns are on target, but media inflates dangerous site totals

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D. Calif.) have raised concerns to the FCC in regards to radio frequency radiation and the impact such exposure can have on tower technicians and other workers not involved in wireless work such as HVAC technicians and electricians. They’re also concerned about residents who might be exposed to excessive RF exposure on …

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PCIA urges California’s governor to sign bill that would alleviate site delays

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association has urged Governor Jerry Brown to sign California Assembly Bill 57, which will help alleviate delay in applications to site new wireless facilities and renew permits for existing wireless facilities. In the letter, Adelstein noted, “For example, in San Diego, a PCIA member reports that applications for conditional use permit renewals at four separate …

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TIRAP taps into top Verizon talent to complete its Board of Directors’ seats

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The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) has announced that Laurie Gebhardt, Verizon Wireless Director of Network Engineering & Operations Support, has joined its Board of Directors. She fills the final seat in its list of experienced industry thought leaders. Gebhardt will provide board oversight of TIRAP’s communication and liaison with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).  In this role, …

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Pregler and Larsen elected to oversee the guidance of safety alliance’s committees and initiatives

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s Board of Governors leadership team today in an industry-wide announcement. Art Pregler, Director of National Cell Site Programs at AT&T, will serve as the Chairman of the NWSA’s Board of Governors. Phil Larsen, President of Telecommunications Services at HAZON Solutions, will serve as the Vice Chairman of the organization’s Board of …

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PCIA head calls for improved wireless construction skills training to meet demands of industry

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Jonathan Adelstein, the President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association today moderated a White House summit on the urgent need to train U.S. workers for careers in the wireless industry. Adelstein called on leaders from industry, government, and academia to work together in developing a safer, more proficient, and more diverse “wireless workforce of the future” to …

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Rubio’s bill will expedite deployment of wireless infrastructure on Federal properties and free up spectrum

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, joined with subcommittee chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and fellow members Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to introduce the “Wireless Innovation Act of 2015” yesterday, a bill to reallocate spectrum used …

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NWSA delivers a detailed overview of their tower worker certification program to OSHA

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In response to OSHA’s request for information regarding communication tower safety due by Monday, the National Wireless Safety Alliance provided an emphatic ‘yes’ to the agency regarding its question: Is there a need for a standardized, industry-wide training or certification program? Provided by NWSA consultant Chuck Slagle, a former Sprint EH&S executive, the safety alliance said, “The NWSA will standardize …

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NATE submits its OSHA tower safety comments as Monday’s deadline looms

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has submitted its formal comments to OSHA’s Request for Information on Communication Tower Safety which ends on Monday, June 15, 2015. The trade group’s response to the RFI ‘s questions can be viewed here. “The Association’s responses to the questions outlined in the RFI reflect NATE’s role as the industry leader in safety, standards …

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CTIA & PCIA deployment lawsuit charge: 3000% small cell size structure increase is an ‘imagined horrible’

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  CTIA – The Wireless Association and PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, have joined together to urge the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a lawsuit filed April 24, 2015 by Cumberland County, Maryland and cities in California, Washington and Texas that is asking that the court vacate the FCC’s 2014 Infrastructure Order adopted last fall to …

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Expensive earthquake tower design law passes following industry indifference during hearings

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association came out against the City of Los Angeles’ newly passed ordinance requiring all new telecommunication towers to be designed as a Class lll Structure subject to an importance factor of 1.50 of the TIA-222 standard, a requirement that PCIA says could increase the cost of a tower between 30 to 200% and could stymie …

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Some wireless industry musicians and singers can easily quit their day job

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A traditional scathing barb heard when garage band musicians try to imitate legendary rock stars is: “Don’t quit your day job.” But at last Wednesday’s PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association’s, All-Star Jam Session in Hollywood, Fla., it was obvious that the only things being skewered, were buffet offerings as PCIA members led a rousing session that made the house …

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Industry veteran “Tam” Murray takes the reins of PCIA’s Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association elected new officers during its conference in Hollywood, Fla. last week, selecting Thomas “Tam” Murray, the founder and managing member of Community Wireless Structures, as the new PCIA Board Chairman; Steven Marshall, the Executive Vice President & President of the U.S. Tower Division of American Tower, is the new …

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PCIA’s ‘view from the top’ shows a little bottoming out; tall tower crew shortage possible

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A common thread throughout yesterday’s PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Hollywood, Fla. conference was that AT&T has pulled back on their builds, Sprint is almost in a holding pattern and T-Mobile is providing a number of opportunities. Verizon, however, is seen as a steady engine that is assisting a slower than expected build in the second quarter. “Verizon continues …

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New unraveled electromagnetism theory will not unhinge the tower industry

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As PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association kicks off its conference with an infrastructure developers meeting this afternoon in Hollywood, Fla., it’s unlikely that the demise of cell towers will be a hot topic, but media pundits frequently disagree, citing new technology that will replace them with palm size transceivers. One industry editor recently said, the traditional cell tower infrastructure …

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From broadband to a blues harp, PCIA Chief splits his time with Broadway

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Whereas some vertical realtor executives spend their limited free weekends volunteering at ice cream socials with their employees to put easily detonated protective dye packs in their tenants’ leasehold agreements, PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Industry CEO Jonathan Adelstein finds playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and at Carnegie Hall to be the answer for achieving a perfect work-life balance. The …

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Former Verizon executive Mitrovich named PCIA Vice President

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Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association announced that former Verizon executive Marissa Mitrovich will join the association as Vice President of Program Development. In this newly-created role, Mitrovich will lead PCIA’s new business activities and project initiatives, including training and education. “We are so fortunate to land an executive of Marissa’s caliber to direct …

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PCIA chief to sit on TIRAP’s Board and assist with setting job positions /skills

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PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor-credentialed Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) to replace board member Jonathan Campbell, PCIA’s former Director of Government Affairs who left PCIA last Friday to take a position with the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. “PCIA has the expertise and resources to …

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Five years later, SCOTUS settles T-Mobile’s siting dispute with Georgia city

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The United States Supreme Court gave a wake-up call to municipalities today as to how government agencies must inform wireless carriers, tower owners and the siting community at large when they reject a tower construction request. In its 6-3 ruling the Justices said that local governments like Roswell, Ga., that is at the center of the case must provide a …

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PCIA eyeing every opportunity to expand its niche in wireless safety/training

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Update – 1.12. 2015, 12:20 p.m. – Jonathan Campbell, who is listed on TIRAP’s web site as one of or the organization’s executive board members and PCIA’s Director of Government Affairs, left PCIA on Friday to take a position with the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. It is not known if PCIA will be asked to fill his position with another association …