From monopoles to barber poles, NWSA adds a new certification to buoy lack of broadband funding

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FROM SPUD WRENCHES TO RINSES - Illinois safety professional Steve Wiles has the honor of being the first TTB-1 graduate who is able to instruct wireless workers to obtain the alternate certification that will supplement their income federal funds for broadband aren't released. (Enlarge)

FROM SPUD WRENCHES AND WINCHES TO RINSES – Illinois safety professional Steve Wilder has the honor of being the first National Wireless Safety Alliance TTB-1 graduate certifier who can instruct wireless workers to obtain NWSA certification that will allow them to supplement their income if federal funds for broadband aren’t released. (Enlarge)

President Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion plan yesterday to rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure dubbed the American Jobs Plan, with $100 billion earmarked to build universal high-speed broadband infrastructure.

However, the White House did not say how they plan to move the package through congress, nor provide a timeline on when they want it passed.

Earlier this month, 30 House and Senate Democrats unveiled a new $94 billion proposal to make broadband available.

Republicans also have numerous bills to assist in rolling out broadband with results that will boost construction spending and benefit  contractors and wireless workers.

Unfortunately, it could be a year or more before it’s available and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has taken a proactive approach to assist wireless workers in case funding is slowed due to the glacial speeds that bills take to be enacted.

In addition to their Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 and 2, and Foreman certifications, the NWSA is now offering a TTB-1 certification, a recognition that the individual has met all of the rigid training and disciplines to become a Tower Technician Barber.

“It’s an excellent way to support your family if work dries up,” said NWSA Executive Director Duane MacEntee, who discussed the transformative certification with Wireless Estimator. “And even if you’re busy on the road, it’s a great way to earn extra money coiffing your crew members who are just too engaged with their work to visit a barber,” MacEntee added.

Tower foreman Emmett T. Wittlinger said he was busy now with Dish Network installations, “but you never know,” he stated, adding that he was going to train and get TTB-1 certified just in case.

“President Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline with an executive order and lots of well-paid people were put out of work. What if he cuts off the broadband pipeline because he listens to a bunch of woke loony Luddite lobbyists who say it’s not necessary? Go figure.”

And what days is April 1?

Editor’s Note:

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