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Scott Crisler named COO at CTI Towers as the company continues expansion of its executive team

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CTI Towers, Inc. (CTI)) today announced the expansion of its executive team with the addition of Scott Crisler as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Crisler has an extensive wireless background with over 20 years in the wireless industry. He will assume oversight of day-to-day operations at CTI, including sales, tower operations, lease administration, and business development. “Scott has experience in every aspect of …

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Contractors SatTEL Broadband and SRU Electric are now under AscendTek’s umbrella

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SatTEL Broadband Inc. (SBI) in Kent, Wash., and SRU Electric in Cary, Ill., have joined AscendTek and its network of cell tower construction companies in providing 5G installations around the country. AscendTek now builds, maintains and updates cell towers in more than 30 states, including Hawaii, with nearly 100 tower, civil and electrical crews delivering infrastructure projects, large and small, …

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Repeater Communications/InSite Wireless Group alum announce the formation of RCG Tower Group

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Earlier this month, Paul Eisenberg and Michael Lifland, former Co-Presidents of Repeater Communications Group, LLC and Division Presidents of InSite Wireless Group, LLC announced the formation of RCG Tower Group, LLC. This new venture, similar to Eisenberg and Lifland’s prior collaborations, specializes in generating triple net lease revenue streams for landlords by leasing, developing, acquiring and operating co-located rooftop, in-building …

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The FCC needs you to test your internet speeds with its app that will let you assess your carrier’s claims

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As part of the Commission’s Broadband Data Collection effort to collect comprehensive data on broadband availability across the United States, the FCC is encouraging the public to download the FCC’s Speed Test app, which is currently used to collect speed test data as part of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program. The app provides a way for consumers to test …

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NWSA sets dates, location for May Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshop

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshop scheduled for May 11-13, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by Petzl America. NWSA-accredited Practical Examiners are NWSA-certified personnel who have been trained and authorized by NWSA to administer the practical examinations for NWSA …

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Illinois student is recipient of Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Tower Family Foundation today jointly announced that Alex Dodson, a junior civil engineering student from Jasper, Indiana has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Alex Dodson is at the top of her class academically and excels in …

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U.S. trails China in 5G rollout that now has 1,336 cities globally: VIAVI

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Viavi Solutions Inc.  today released new industry data revealing that the number of cities with 5G networks is now 1,336 globally, a 350 percent increase during the past year despite an ongoing global pandemic. As of January 2021, more than 30 percent of the world’s countries now have 5G availability, according to the new VIAVI report “The State of 5G,” …

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Illinois county’s ‘storage facility’ zoning language leads to AT&T lawsuit

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AT&T filed a complaint in the Southern District of Illinois against the Monroe County, Illinois’ Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Commissioners for their alleged “unlawful denial of a wireless communications facility siting request” in violation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as state and local laws. The carrier claims that the Act “preempts State and local decisions that …

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Off the time card, former tower tech is arrested for multiple transmission line decoms

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A 32-year-old tower tech was arrested last week for allegedly breaking into three North Carolina cell tower sites on September, 14, 15 and 22 in Wake Forest and Creedmoor,  and stealing copper, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The Sheriff’s Office charged Kenneth David Voncannon VII of Durham with injury of real property, injuring wires of …

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It’s easy to deploy and maintain 5G NR and LTE/LTE-A cell sites with OneAdvisor-800 from VIAVI

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VIAVI Solutions announces signal analysis enhancements to its OneAdvisor-800 all-in-one test tool to streamline 4G-LTE and 5G NR cell site installation, integration and maintenance. This milestone addition brings cell site maintenance functionality to the award-winning installation tool. As service providers, towercos and infracos face pressure to deliver on the promise of 5G, the demand still exists to maintain and to …

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To help empower women, WON has established two education scholarships

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Women of NATE (WON) has announced the establishment of the WON Education Scholarship. The scholarship was designed to encourage and inspire more women to enter the tower and communications infrastructure construction, service and maintenance industries. Women play a prominent role as leaders and visionaries in the advancement of wireless and broadcast communications. Through the establishment of the WON initiative, the …

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Industry vet Baumann appointed to TIRAP’s Advisory Board

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced today that Brad Baumann, Vice President, Wireless Solutions for Gabe’s Construction Co., Inc., has joined the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Advisory Board. He has 37 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.   “The Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) board and its members appreciate the time and energy Brad spends to represent our industry on the TIRAP Advisory Board, and we know …

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Two charged in West Virginia cell tower compound break-in

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Two men were arrested after a break-in at a cell tower near Hernshaw, West Virginia, according to a press release issued yesterday by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Bowles, 24, of Ashford and Christian Hunter McNeely, 24, of Costa were each charged with breaking and entering and destruction of utilities. According to authorities, at 4:00 a.m. on October 8, …

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Kasavana of Phoenix Tower selected by EY as an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 Florida Award Winner

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Ernst & Young LLP (EY) has announced that Dagan T. Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Phoenix Tower International was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Florida Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are …

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Make a difference while you shop — Support the Tower Family Foundation through AmazonSmile

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Anytime you place an order on Amazon.com you have an opportunity to raise money for the Tower Family Foundation through the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile allows you to make a difference while you shop! A portion of any eligible purchases will go to your chosen charity each time you shop. This program is free to participate in and does not change …

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Smaller carriers issued small fines for 911 service filing infractions

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced settlements with seven smaller telecommunications providers that did not file timely 911 service reliability certifications last year.  Each provider agreed to pay a civil penalty and abide by a compliance plan to ensure it meets its filing responsibilities going forward. The penalties of $21,600 range from $2,400 to $4,000 per company. The …

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Towercos should consider a contribution instead of a pricey plaque

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Unlike phony ego-boosting vanity award scams and paid articles, Wireless Estimator’s Top 100 Tower Companies in the U.S. is the real deal. It’s a list of the industry’s top tower companies who have successfully built or acquired 10 or more macro towers. Their achievements are well known and applauded in a challenging environment. However, a Connecticut wall plaque company is …

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Dielectric enables near-field FAA waiver-free drone measurements to validate TV antenna performance

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Dielectric has launched a new engineering service that enables drone operators to fully and accurately characterize antenna azimuth and elevation performance without special waivers from the FAA. The service has been successfully beta-tested and is now in production at several broadcast tower sites. The new service is a response to a common dilemma facing drone operators: To fully characterize an …

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NWSA announces dates, locations for Fall 2020 Practical Examiner Accreditation workshops

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Tennessee and Utah Workshops to Provide Opportunity for Participants to Obtain NWSA Accreditation to Administer Field-Based Practical Exams  The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by Comstar and October 13-15, 2020 in …