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North Carolina copper theft suspect’s spree against AT&T ended in December but charges keep coming in

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A 36-year-old Balsam Grove, North Carolina man facing 47 charges in Henderson County, North Carolina, also faces eight more charges in Buncombe County as investigators look into incidents of coaxial cable theft from cell towers. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office announced last week that Vincent DePaul was accused of stealing transmission lines from cell phone towers. After a month-long investigation, …

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AT&T’s sudden move to oust maintenance contractors could threaten FirstNet’s resilience

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For the past decade and more, AT&T has cultivated strong relationships with some of the nation’s most skilled contractors. In return, these contractors have provided AT&T with on-call maintenance crews capable of handling nearly every aspect of their network needs, often with an almost intuitive understanding. They know that troubleshooting a sector is quite distinct from building one and America’s …

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Verizon shareholder’s startling discovery: Lead cable-based lawsuit features him as the star plaintiff

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The same law firm that helped bring shareholder derivative class actions against AT&T and Verizon executives and board members last July for allegedly covering up their knowledge of abandoned toxic lead-laden telecom cables filed another suit in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey earlier this month on behalf of Verizon shareholder Wade Sarver against Verizon’s current Board of …

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AT&T and Duke Energy bury the hatchet and settle their FCC pole rate row before the Fourth Circuit

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With oral arguments before a three-judge appeals court for the Fourth Circuit set to begin on January 24, 2024, Duke Energy and AT&T have agreed to settle their disagreements against the FCC over a pole rate decision that both were concerned about for different reasons.  On November 18, 2022, in a unanimous vote, the FCC stood by its 2021 decision …

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Valmont initiates legal action against Better Metal for patent infringement

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Nebraska-based Valmont Industries, Inc. has taken legal action against Tennessee’s Better Metal, LLC, filing a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee. The lawsuit alleges that Better Metal has violated four of Valmont’s patents through the manufacturing and sale of comparable products. Valmont seeks a jury trial to recover damages resulting from the patent infringements, requesting an …

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SpaceX says AT&T and RWA’s opposition to satellite direct to cell is a ‘desperate 11th hour campaign’

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AT&T and the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) have coordinated “a desperate, 11th-hour campaign” to prevent SpaceX from testing its mobile coverage from space in partnership with T-Mobile with “baseless procedural claims while offering no substantive reasons” for denying its special temporary authority (STA) approval, SpaceX said in a filing with the FCC.  Although Dish isn’t a voting carrier member of RWA …

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Ohio tower technician succumbs from injuries following a 250-foot fall during an AT&T installation

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Services have been announced for Darren Bishop, 28, of Proctorville, OH, who passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023, after falling approximately 250 feet off a 300-foot guyed tower in Huntsburg Township, OH. According to individuals knowledgeable of the incident, Bishop, employed by Overland Contracting, had been working on an AT&T overlay project managed by Black & Veatch when he …

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AT&T CEO says not to worry, but new Verizon lead cable lawsuit tackles climbers’ future harm

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AT&T’s CEO John Stankey said yesterday at a technology conference that tests conducted at several sites where the carrier has abandoned lead-clad cables have shown no risks of a public health crisis. His statement comes shortly after AT&T  and Verizon investors filed similar securities fraud lawsuits after The Wall Street Journal published articles exposing that toxic cables  are still in …

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Lawsuit relies upon Wall Street Journal reporting about toxic lead-sheathed cable buried underground

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UPDATE – August 2, 2023 – On Tuesday, Verizon investors filed a similar lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court to AT&T’s securities fraud lawsuit, stating the carrier lied about the health and safety risks associated with its network of lead-sheathed cables, leading to a decline in Verizon stock after The Wall Street Journal’s articles exposed the toxic cables that are still in …

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750 field services workers to be terminated by Ericsson; unprofitable contracts cited

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On Thursday afternoon, Ericsson’s U.S. field services employees were informed via a live webcast that the company will be shuttering its self-performing installations group by September 29, 2023, since the current market demand will no longer allow the company to justify the cost of maintaining crews. A Friday memo from the company’s People Operations Team made it official. Approximately 750 …

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AT&T says Mississippi county is stiffing it for relocation costs after they were forced off private property

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AT&T is suing Rankin County, MS, in U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi, for relocation expenses incurred when the county required the carrier to move its distribution and other equipment for a road expansion project from a leased easement from a private property owner that it had acquired in 1991. AT&T alleges that after Rankin County announced that it would widen …

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As telecom infrastructure builds stall, some carriers are faced with a new dilemma, toxic lead cables

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Shares of AT&T Inc fell more than 5% yesterday, reaching their lowest level in thirty years, after analysts downgraded the stock following a Wall Street Journal report last week that said the telecommunications giant left toxic lead cables buried across the United States. The investigative article said that Verizon and other carriers also abandoned the underground lead cables, possibly contaminating …

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Nexius, owing $600 million to creditors, shoveled millions to a supplier in Beirut before filing bankruptcy

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In 2001, brothers Nabil and Ned Taleb co-founded Nexius in a two-bedroom Virginia apartment. They continued to bootstrap their first year’s revenues of $1 million to a multi-corporation self-performing wireless industry enterprise that boosted revenues to $1 billion in 2022. But cash is king, and they ran out of it last year and sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection three weeks …

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While burning contractors and suppliers, Nexius’s facade exposed a possible terrorist cell site security hole

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As Nexius used ‘every trick’ to keep contractors working, although the company knew they would never pay them, the wireless infrastructure developer reportedly continued scamming T-Mobile by using a Nexius-aligned company in Lebanon that was prohibited from accessing T-Moble’s network – possibly exposing a network security threat to the nation’s second-largest mobile operator, according to sources familiar with the ruse. When …

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Sadly, the first fatal fall in 2023 took the life of a 33-year-old tower technician in Kansas

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Burial services were held today in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, for 33-year-old tower technician Frankie Rivera-Rivera who succumbed from his injuries after falling from a 350-foot tower in Andover, Kansas, on May 9. According to individuals knowledgeable of the incident, Rivera and a co-worker were reportedly performing maintenance services for AT&T on a tower off Zenith Rd., owned by Harmoni …

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Communication worker safety zone cost questioned as FCC sweeps old pole standard ‘under the rug’: Duke

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Duke Energy is claiming that the FCC improperly used its authority to award AT&T “significant rate reductions and massive (though incalculable) refunds” in its opening brief filed last week with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in its petition for review of an FCC November order denying it reconsideration in a pole attachment rate dispute with AT&T. Duke’s petition stems …

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Savior of the City of Troy pleads guilty to vandalizing cell towers to ‘stop the aliens’

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Christopher A Daniels, 36, of Piqua, Ohio, pleaded guilty to seven felony counts on April 12, 2023, of causing extensive damage to multiple communications towers in Troy and the surrounding area. Daniels allegedly vandalized at least five towers. According to initial information released by authorities, two were AT&T towers, and one was a Verizon site. The other two structures were …

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Fathered by Marty Cooper, his cell phone turns 50 today at an adjusted for inflation cost of $12,066

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Fifty years ago today, Martin (Marty) Cooper, an engineer for Motorola, stood nervously along 6th Avenue in New York City, about to trigger America’s love affair with mobility. He reached into his pocket for a little telephone book and dialed a landline number on the cell phone he had invented. It was part of his plan to razz his archcompetitor, …

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Liberal, Kansas most likely wasn’t up to par if they had to defend AT&T’s golf course siting lawsuit

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In a court filing today, all claims and defenses between AT&T and the City of Liberal, Kansas, are dismissed without prejudice, according to a joint application filed with the District Court for the District of Kansas in Wichita. In addition, the parties agreed that each party would bear its own attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses. In its November 23, 2023 …

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Texas court will likely give AT&T a hollow victory in its $1.44M lawsuit against former golden child Goodman

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Contractors and suppliers that have had to sue clients, such as Nexius, for past due payments know that it’s an expensive legal and often fruitless process that can take a year or two since attorneys aren’t adverse to the defendant’s counsel delaying the process as long as possible as they pile up billable hours. So when AT&T’s attorneys filed a lawsuit …