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Jason Miller selected to represent NATE on FCC’s Precision Ag Connectivity Working Group

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced appointments of Working Group members to serve on the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States (Precision Ag Task Force). Jason Miller of Tillman Infrastructure has been appointed to serve on the Precision Ag Task Force Working Group on Examining Current and Future …

DigitalBridge to acquire Telenet’s mobile telecommunications tower business in Belgium

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DigitalBridge Group, Inc. has announced that an affiliate, DigitalBridge Investments, LLC, has agreed to acquire the mobile telecommunications tower business of Telenet Group Holding NV in an all-cash transaction valued at $820 million, on a cash-free and debt-free basis. The transaction is being funded via a combination of debt and equity financing, including a commitment from the DigitalBridge balance sheet of $517 million. DigitalBridge intends to subsequently …

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Senate Committee clears bill gathering expert advice on 6G

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association commended the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation for voting to advance S. 3014, the Next Generation Telecommunications Act. NATE endorsed the bipartisan Act which was introduced by Senators Cortez Masto (D-NV), Wicker (R-MS), Schumer (D-NY), and Thune (R-SD). This legislation would establish a bipartisan, multi-agency, private sector telecommunications council to advise Congress …

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Ontivity lands industry veteran Joe Cecin as its CEO as Eric Chase assumes role of executive chairman

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Ontivity, formerly Enertech Holdings, a leading national provider of wireless infrastructure services, announced today that Joe Cecin has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. An industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Cecin is responsible for overseeing the operations of all companies under the Ontivity umbrella, including Enertech Resources, ET Tower, Legacy Telecommunications, CMS Wireless, and …

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Women of NATE announces 2022 education scholarship recipients

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Women of NATE (WON) is pleased to announce that four outstanding recipients have been selected to receive the 2022 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. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 each, which will go directly to the college/educational institution to be utilized …

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Union Wireless chooses TowerCo to market and manage its wireless tower assets

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TowerCo has announced a partnership with Union, a fast growing regional wireless provider that serves the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Idaho. As an industry leader specializing in colocation, TowerCo will market and manage Union’s portfolio of 322 sites to the carriers and broadband service providers to access existing communication infrastructure in key areas for coverage and capacity. At …

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Thanks to NATE, identifying the myriad of motor carrier and CDL regulations in each state is a breeze

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled two resource documents designed to assist its member companies in navigating the myriad of complex Commercial Driver License (CDL) and Motor Carrier Safety regulations in the United States. The two resource documents were developed by representatives from TransSafe Consulting, LLC, which serves as the official consulting firm for NATE on motor carrier …

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Wireless infrastructure pioneer Van Thompson passes away

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Van Thompson, a cell tower development pioneer, passed away quietly at his home in Annapolis, Maryland on January 5. He was 66. Thompson was known as a founding force in managing, developing and implementing wireless infrastructure in the mid-Atlantic region. He began his career in telecom in 1987 as a consultant purchasing right of way for fiber optics in Texas. …

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CTI Towers announces the appointment of CFO Tammy Wolfe

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CTI Towers is one of the largest private tower companies in the US, and has been a portfolio company of Melody Investment Advisors LP (“Melody”), an alternative asset manager focused on telecommunications infrastructure investments, since 2020. CTI Towers owns and manages approximately 1,150 towers in 47 states. Lessors of CTI Towers assets include top wireless carriers AT&T, DISH, T-Mobile and …

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Close to 100 contracting companies join the NATE-OSHA-FCC Strategic Partnership

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association congratulates the inaugural year participating companies in the NATE-OSHA-FCC Strategic Partnership for 2021-2022. The NATE-OSHA-FCC Partnership provides participants the opportunity to work cooperatively with OSHA, FCC and other contractors, to identify the most serious workplace hazards, develop workplace-appropriate safety and health management systems, share resources, and find effective ways to reduce work injuries, illness, …

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Congressman Dan Crenshaw and FCC Commissioner Brendan Car visit tower site in Texas

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U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr recently conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Huffman, Texas. The tour was facilitated by representatives from NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and Enertech Holdings Company. Congressman Crenshaw is a member of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has championed important communications and …

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DigitalBridge creates first scaled, independent tower company in Iceland through two acquisitions

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Boca Raton, FL-based DigitalBridge Group, Inc. announced that funds affiliated with DigitalBridge Investment Management, the firm’s investment management platform, have completed the acquisition of the telecom tower portfolios of Sýn hf. (Sýn) and Nova hf. (“Nova”), two leading Icelandic mobile network operators (“MNOs”), creating ÍslandsTurnar. ÍslandsTurnar is the first independent tower company of scale in Iceland with national coverage to …

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IFC will invest an additional $25 million in infrastructure assets managed by DigitalBridge

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DigitalBridge Group, Inc. today announced that the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) will be investing $100 million in digital infrastructure assets managed by DigitalBridge in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia to expand digital access and connectivity. IFC’s $100 million investment includes $75 million already committed in three of DigitalBridge’s portfolio companies: Scala Data Centers (“Scala”), a leading scaled hyperscale data center operator …

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NWSA successfully completes the ANSI National Accreditation Board Accreditation Surveillance Process 

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that the organization has successfully completed the required ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) year-1 surveillance review process. ANAB’s audit of NWSA occurs annually as a requirement of its accreditation, with an on-site inspection by ANAB auditors every other year. ANAB requires specific data be submitted on an annual basis and it only …

Monica Vink to head Legacy Telecommunications’ marketing efforts to increase its brand strength

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Legacy Telecommunications, based out of Gig Harbor, WA, has announced the growth of their team with the addition of Monica Vink as Marketing Director. Vink’s role will focus on strategic goals and objectives related to marketing, branding, digital footprint, and social influence. She has over 10 years of experience in wireless infrastructure and has held various positions supporting the broadband and …

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Cases of slippage with Zigzag / Zigzag Plus / Zillion reported by Petzl

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Petzl said it has received reports of users experiencing rope slippage while using the ZIGZAG, ZIGZAG PLUS and ZILLON. Following these reports, they have identified two defects causing the slippage. They’re asking you to do a manual inspection and a function test of your product, to detect any possible slippage. In case your product slips, they are providing details on their after-sales …

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Congressman’s tower tour highlights positive impact traditional infrastructure funding has on West Virginia

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U.S. Congressman David McKinley, P.E. (WV-I) today conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The tour was facilitated by representatives from NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and SBA Communications. The site visit was held at a SBA-owned self-support cell tower site that is located in Congressman McKinley’s Congressional District. Congressman McKinley is a …

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LBA Group’s new CTO, Juan Macias, will advance the company’s 5G RF safety and compliance programs

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LBA Group welcomes Juan Macias as its Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Macias brings over 20 years of experience in the Radio Frequency field, with an iNARTE Certification as a Telecommunications Senior Engineer and as an IEEE Senior Member. Before joining LBA, Macias held Lead Senior RF engineering positions with American Tower Company; Senior Broadcast consultant for the FCC Repack and Lead …

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VIKOR is victorious for the fourth straight year in capturing Inc. 5000

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South Dakota-based VIKOR Teleconstruction is proud to announce that they have once again been listed on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This is VIKOR’s fourth consecutive year being recognized on the list. Only a small portion of U.S. companies make the Inc. 5000 list each year. Those who do have witnessed significant growth …

Congruex adds Oregon-based A&M Communications to its portfolio of companies

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Congruex, a national end-to-end provider of design, engineering, construction, and maintenance services to broadband providers, today announced the acquisition of A&M Communications. The acquisition further cements Congruex’s leading position as one of the nation’s largest telecom engineering and construction firms. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Boring, Oregon, A&M Communications is an end-to-end provider of wireless …