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‘Amazing’ milestone of 10,000-plus trade certifications in a six-year time span achieved by NWSA

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced that the organization has officially surpassed 10,000 trade certifications issued to workers in the communications infrastructure industry. NWSA reached the 10,000 credentials mark in a six-year time span, having started offering trade certification programs to the industry in late 2016. “I would like to congratulate the National Wireless Safety Alliance on achieving this …

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Stranded Alaskan snowmobiler’s rescue appears to be first reported use of Apple’s emergency satellite SOS app

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In what might be the first reported use of Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite, a snowmobiler in Alaska was successfully rescued when he became stranded in an isolated area – a location that Apple wasn’t sure if they could provide connectivity to a satellite. Alaska State Troopers received an alert from the Apple Emergency Response Center early yesterday morning. The State …

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TIF’s white paper explores how to save money on tower foundations and still achieve structural integrity

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The installation of new foundations and the modification of existing foundations for telecommunication structures represent significant capital investment costs. The money invested limits the use of that capital for other telecommunications infrastructure. For the industry to support the demand for telecommunications infrastructure as effectively as possible, all analysis methods that can minimize cost should be considered. The Telecommunications Industry Foundation (TIF) …

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Stacey Abrams’ spokesman denies she’s seeking FCC seat as Gigi Sohn’s chances continue to erode

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Senate leadership is not expected to line up a confirmation vote for FCC nominee Democrat Gigi Sohn in this year’s lame-duck session, according to statements being made by multiple legislators. “Bills will likely get the priority” in the Senate’s December calendar, said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. Cantwell, who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee and has voiced support for Sohn, said …

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Virginia Wireless Association President Alex Beiro, Jr. passes, leaving a legacy of charitable giving

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A memorial mass followed by a celebration of life will be held on December 2, 2022, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, at 10:30 a.m. for Alexander (Alex) A. Beiro, Jr., who passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on November 19, 2022, at his home in Alexandria. He was well known for his industry advocacy, serving …

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Duke Energy heads back to court to reverse FCC’s slashing of rates for AT&T on utility poles

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On November 17, 2022, in a unanimous vote, the FCC stood by its 2021 decision regarding utility pole attachment rates in a dispute between AT&T and Duke Energy Progress, denying Duke Energy’s bid to revisit a ruling that slashed the rates that AT&T pays to attach equipment to its utility. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel applauded the FCC’s resolution of the joint …

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ExteNet inks an exclusive T-Mobile partnership for wireless infrastructure in nation’s largest venues

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ExteNet Systems, a leading privately held owner of LTE/5G wireless and fiber neutral-host communications infrastructure, today announced it had entered an exclusive agreement with T-Mobile to deploy digital wireless infrastructure in large sports, entertainment, hospitality and transportation venues, as well as to rationalize and decommission T-Mobile’s overlapping network assets inherited from its merger with Sprint. The agreement, which expands ExteNet’s …

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AT&T sues Liberal, Kansas after it nixes a second siting application that appeared to be a hole in one

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The former Vice Mayor of Liberal, Kansas, allegedly informed AT&T’s siting representative that the City would support an ordinance allowing a special use permit for a 150-foot monopole on the property of the Liberal Country Club after the City denied a prior church location in 2021 due to resident opposition. However, the City Commissioners denied their request, and AT&T sued …

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Landlord locks horns with tower site developer and joins Georgia city in defense of monopine’s denial

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Lawsuits against zoning boards that reject an applicant to construct a cell site tower are more frequently ruled in favor of the plaintiff’s reliance upon the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Municipal Communications of Atlanta is suing Columbus, GA, and its mayor and council members for blocking its request to build a T-Mobile tower to improve coverage in the area …

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This Thanksgiving, consider recognizing wireless industry volunteers’ year-round efforts

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For 18 years, Wireless Estimator has been privileged to reach your computer screen or smartphone daily, providing information and advocacy to an industry we proudly serve. For that, we are thankful. More importantly, we are thankful for those men and women who don’t look for thanks – our country’s volunteers, the spirited folks that genuinely make this industry great. Unfortunately, recognizing everyone and …

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FCC forces internet providers to publish ‘nutrition labels’ breaking down broadband charges

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The FCC unveiled new rules that will for the first time require broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services.  The Report and Order approved by the Commission creates rules that require broadband providers to display, at the point of sale, labels that show key information consumers want−prices, speeds, fees, data allowances, and …

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Light years ahead of previously cobbled data, FCC’s new broadband maps will still require severe scrutiny

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The FCC has unveiled the pre-production draft of its new broadband maps. These maps provide the best picture of where broadband is unavailable across the country. The maps will only get better from here, according to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. The FCC’s older maps collected data at the census block level, meaning that the whole block would show up as served on their …

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ProPublica’s ‘recycled nonsense’ is likely to reinforce the conviction of some residents that 5G causes illnesses

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Award-winning investigative journalists at ProPublica have spotlighted wrongdoing since 2008, such as Ryan Knutson and Liz Day’s extensive piece in 2012 about the men and women who climb cell towers who “pay with their lives” in a joint investigation with Frontline. They broke new ground since no other major media dared to expose the high industry death count and how, …

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Tower and retail store terrorist’s plea deal shortens a life sentence to 75 months in jail

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A Whittemore, Michigan, resident was sentenced last week to six years and three months in jail on two separate criminal cases related to a $5 million extortion plot using shrapnel-filled pipe bombs the defendant placed outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan, and Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He could have received 20 years in prison. John Douglas Allen, 76, was sentenced before United …

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VIKOR expands geographic footprint to the East with acquisition of Noash Construction

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South Dakotah-based VIKOR has announced its acquisition of Noash Construction, Inc., a tower construction company based out of Sebree, KY. In a statement, the company said the objective is to strengthen VIKOR’s reach and ability to impact the lives of its people, customers, and industry by adding the mutual strength and quality of Noash’s years of experience in the industry. …

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An excellent way to support many of the nation’s Veterans every day is to reach out and hire one

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Veterans Day, every November 11th, honors all Americans who have served our country in war or peace. It is a day set aside to thank the living veterans for their service and sacrifice made to a grateful nation. It is a day of remembrance with parades, services, ceremonies, and, most of all, to honor all those who have served our …

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FCC to release long-awaited new broadband maps on November 18

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The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it will unveil a pre-production draft of new broadband maps on November 18, 2022.  This version is the first release of the map required by the Broadband DATA Act and will begin an ongoing, iterative process that will improve the data submitted by providers by incorporating challenges from individuals and other stakeholders. Broadband …

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Seasoned telecom expert Melissa Acosta acquires majority stake in Front Range Wireless

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Front Range Wireless, a telecommunications infrastructure services provider, announced that wireless industry executive Melissa Acosta had acquired a majority stake in the company, transitioning Front Range Wireless to become a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in 2023. Most recently from QualTek, Acosta will lead Front Range Wireless’ operations as President. Founded in 2001 by Aaron Kingstrom, Front Range Wireless started in Centennial, Colorado. …

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WIA Receives DOL approval for Broadband Technician registered apprenticeship

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today announced that the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) approved the Broadband Technician as the 15th Registered Apprenticeship Program WIA can offer through its Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). Through TIRAP, WIA provides companies with the resources, guidance, and support to improve and formalize their training programs, expediting employer adoption of Registered Apprenticeship Programs …

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‘Blue collar’ NEC acquires Eastern Communications to provide a serious industry presence

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Pfingsten Partners portfolio company, NEC, has acquired Eastern Communications, LLC (“Eastern”). Headquartered in Bloomfield, CT, Eastern is a vertically integrated provider of maintenance, repair, and upgrade services to critical telecommunications infrastructure across the New England region. The company was founded in 1996. The transaction closed on October 31, 2022. NEC previously established its industry presence by combining three of the …