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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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Michael Sandifer elected President of Alabama Wireless Association

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Michael Sandifer has been elected by the Board of Directors of the Alabama Wireless Association (AWA) to serve as the organization’s next president. Sandifer, who has served as the co-vice president of the AWA for more than ten years, will assume the role in June 2019. He has served in various leadership roles spanning more than 25 years in wireless, and …

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Shareholders invited to participate in Addendum 1 of industry standard ANSI/TIA -222-H

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-14 engineering committee on structural standards for communication and small wind turbine support structures has issued a call for interest for document ANSI/TIA-222-H-1 titled Structural Standard For Antenna Supporting Structures, Antennas and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures- Addendum 1. This will update the amplification forces on antenna supporting structures supported by buildings or other supporting structures as well …

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TIRAP elects new leadership with American Tower’s Paul Roberts at the helm

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced that Paul Roberts, Vice President, Compliance, American Tower Corporation, was elected to serve as Chairperson of WIA’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Executive Board. A new slate of officers was also elected. Other newly elected officers include: Vice Chairperson, Beau Aero, President and Founder, GME Supply Co.; Chairperson Emeritus, David Sams, Vice President …

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InSite’s Weisman elected WIA Chairman; new slate of officers named to WIA Board of Directors

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)  has announced that David Weisman, President and Chief Executive Officer, InSite Wireless Group, LLC, was elected to serve as Chairman of WIA’s Board of Directors. A new slate of officers was also elected. Additional officers are: Vice Chairman: Jeffrey A. Stoops; President and Chief Executive Officer; SBA Communications Corporation; Secretary: Jay A. Brown, President and Chief Executive …

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American Tower picks up 5,500 African market towers for $1.85 billion

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American Tower Corporation today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Eaton Towers Holding Limited, which owns and operates approximately 5,500 communications sites across five African markets. As a result of the transaction, the company also expects to accelerate new build activity across the region due to expanded relationships with multiple key tenants. The total consideration …

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Commissioner Starks disses broadband report as ‘fundamentally at odds with reality”

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After the FCC revealed its 2019 broadband deployment report yesterday, identifying a healthy accounting that the digital divide has closed by more than 18% from the end of 2016 through 2017, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks called the report “fundamentally at odds with reality,” citing an embarrassing error in the development of the report itself. Starks said the fundamental disconnect between the report …

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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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Nebraska streamlines small cell installations with bill passage

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Industry trade associations applauded Nebraska  Governor Pete Ricketts’ signing the state’s small cell deployment legislation, available here. “On behalf of NATE’s 12 member companies in Nebraska, the association applauds Governor Ricketts and members of the Nebraska State Senate for getting this important legislation across the finish line,” stated NATE Wireless Industry Network Director Scott Krouse. “NATE’s Wireless Industry Network worked …

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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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Florida tower approval ends dueling engineers, begins life-saving communications network

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Broward County Florida Commissioners yesterday approved a 325-foot communications tower in West Lake Park in Hollywood, a controversial site required to complete a new $59.5 million network awarded to Motorola Systems that is expected to be up and running by year’s end. County officials have been criticized for not moving faster to replace the county’s old and overloaded system that reached …

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Georgia firefighters come to the aid of an injured tower tech

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Georgia firefighters were able to rescue an injured tower technician who could not climb down the monopole he was working on Monday afternoon. An individual knowledgeable of the accident said the injured worker was employed by Infinity Construction of Georgia. The company did not respond to multiple requests for information. The worker was injured while climbing the tower in the …

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School cancer concerns routed from RF to PR blunder then carcinogens in H2O and vapor

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When four children were diagnosed with cancer at a San Joaquin County, Calif. elementary school earlier this year, parents – rightfully concerned – went for the usual maligned suspect – RF radiation from a cell tower on a school campus. However, after the Ripon School District tested the RF levels at Weston Elementary school three times, and found exposure levels …

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ANSI/TIA-222 – the design bible for towers – steps proudly into its sixth decade of guidance

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This year, TIA is proudly celebrating the 60th anniversary of providing guidance in the structural design and fabrication of communications towers with their engineering standard ANSI/TIA-222, Structural Steel Standards for Steel Antenna Towers and Supporting Structures. The ANSI/TIA-222 standard is well known among those who build new communications towers or modify old structures, but for those that may be less familiar, here …

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Telecom tower and infrastructure veteran Dudley Norman passes at 85

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Dudley Norman, 85, husband, father, friend and Vice President of Subcarrier Communications, passed away April 25 in Houston, Tex.  Norman, a veteran of the US Marine Corp, was a leader in the telecommunications and tower industry. He was responsible for the acquisition of tower sites and the procurement of rooftop management contracts in the Southwest region.  Norman possessed decades of …

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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 …