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Study reveals 73% of underground fiber deployment’s cost is in labor, 67% for aerial

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The Fiber Broadband Association has announced the results of its 2023 Fiber Deployment Cost Study, conducted by Cartesian, which provides the industry’s benchmark to help fiber broadband service providers evaluate their cost profile and identify areas of inefficiency. FBA’s comprehensive study identifies that, on average, labor contributed to 73% of underground build costs and 67% of aerial costs. The study also provides regional …

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Broadband construction gets a boost withe Peyton Allen Resources partnering with TelForce Group

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TelForce Group, a leading provider of staffing solutions in the telecommunications sector, announced its strategic partnership with Peyton Allen Resources, a respected veteran-owned business which provides broadband construction crews. This collaboration will enhance the quality of service in the telecommunications, broadband and construction sectors, combining the strengths of both companies to deliver unparalleled results. Ron Deese, CEO of TelForce Group, …

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FBA and WIA spotlight TIRAP’s remarkable growth: From one company in 2017 to currently 100 employers

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The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) is celebrating the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) and its Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) as it signed an agreement with its 100th industry employer. FBA and other telecommunications companies and industry organizations work with WIA to develop apprenticeship programs accredited by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), including training for a broad range of career paths, including …

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Big policy decisions loom over the future of America’s wireless networks, says WIA CEO Halley

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By Patrick Halley, President and CEO, WIA – Wireless Infrastructure Association Access to broadband – fixed and mobile – is table stakes for participation in today’s Internet-driven economy. Hence the billions of dollars coming out of Washington to connect every unserved home in America. That’s good news for consumers who remain on the other side of the digital divide. Beyond a …

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Net neutrality, axed under Trump, have Democrats looking for a revival

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The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 along party lines today to move forward with its proposal to reinstate open internet rules that were repealed during the Trump administration. A final vote is expected to come next year. The move would reclassify broadband internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, opening the …

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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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BEAD funding will go to lions and tigers and bears, oh my! – Senator Ted Cruz’s investigation

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Led by Senator Ted Cruz, Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee released a scathing report Friday that identifies that the Biden administration’s $42.5 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program duplicates a number of other subsidy programs and is a shell game for funding “beachfront communities, mountain wedding venues, and mansions.” They also called out the administration’s BEAD rules that exclude …

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Charleston’s historic skyline is degraded by a 5G mono toilet paper pole: residents

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Founded 353 years ago, the City of Charleston, SC, is one of America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasures.  It boasts the first public college, museum, and playhouse in the U.S., and unfortunately, as The Post and Courier has labeled it, the first “toilet paper tower” that has become a “prominent and regrettable Charleston landmark.” The publication’s editorial excoriated the erection …

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Doctor Joyce examines a tower site to appreciate how the industry can assist in curing the digital divide

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Although Crown Castle’s safety protocols do not require having a medical doctor on a tower site when technicians are present, one was available for Novotech Construction’s safety-conscious tower techs recently should a medical emergency present itself during a recent tower compound visit by Pennsylvania Congressman John Joyce. Dr. Joyce has represented Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District since January 2019 and has …

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Virginia broadband railroad crossing fee lawsuit says one price endangers site safety

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The Association of American Railroads wants a new Virginia law streamlining broadband providers’ access to railroad property invalidated. In a federal court lawsuit, it alleges that it amounts to an illegal taking and violates both the state and U.S. constitutions. They said it treats railroads, unlike any other landowner, “seizing from them and giving broadband service providers a permanent easement …

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Associations are swift with accolades for allocations after State-by-State BEAD funding is announced

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Ecstatic industry associations were quick to applaud Monday’s White House announcement concerning BEAD allocations for broadband infrastructure deployment, where five states snagged over $10 billion of the $42.5 billion in available funding. State by State funding amounts are available here. “Today is another milestone step in the process to ready the states and territories for the deployment of this generational …

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Five states snag over $10 Billion of $42.5 Billion available in broadband funding

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The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced how it has allocated funding to all 50 states (VIEW ALLOCATIONS BELOW), the District of Columbia, and five territories to deploy affordable, reliable high-speed Internet service to everyone in America. This “Internet for All” initiative is a key component of President Biden’s “Investing in America” agenda. States, D.C., …

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NATE’s work zone protection safety video is a must view for ground level projects

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced today the official release of a video on Work Zone Protection. The video, the second to debut in Volume 6 of the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection series. The video shines a spotlight on the safety best practices associated with Work Zone Protection, specifically relating to the appropriate use of temporary traffic control devices, proper …

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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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Over 5,200 infrastructure jobs are on the line as QualTek Services teeters on the edge of bankruptcy

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UPDATE: May 3, 2023 –  A spokesperson for QualTek said that the company’s employees’ jobs were not at risk,  and the turnkey infrastructure provider will “continue to be a workplace of choice.” They issued the following statement: “QualTek is continuing to actively negotiate with our creditors and is progressing towards a resolution that will position us for the future with a stronger …

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Eleven Senators say no to the NOFO prioritizing criminal hires for $42.5B BEAD infrastructure funds

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In a joint letter to Alan Davidson, who heads the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a partisan group of 11 U.S. Senators were emphatic that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)  overstepped its bounds when it wrote the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the  Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program that addresses how $42.45 billion will …

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Crown Castle petitions FCC to clarify that nutrition labels are for retail only

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Although Crown Castle has informed the FCC that it supports the new broadband “nutrition” labels for mass market retailers, they want the agency to clarify that new required labels containing metrics about internet service to apply only to mass-market retail and not to the services provided to schools, libraries and health care under FCC universal service programs. In November, the …

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Wireless industry urges states to allow maximum flexibility in selecting broadband technologies

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Today, leading organizations representing the wireless industry sent letters to broadband offices in all US states and territories, urging them to allow for maximum flexibility in choosing the right mix of broadband technologies to meet their policy goals with Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funds. Under the BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), states and territories are required to …

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Senators and witnesses assail the inaccuracies they have found on the FCC’s new broadband maps

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Senators and witnesses assailed the inaccuracies they found in the FCC’s new draft national broadband map during yesterday’s Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband hearing. Although last month when the maps were released, the FCC said that they expected inaccuracies. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said version one was “a beginning, not an endpoint.” At Tuesday’s hearing, Subcommittee Chairman Ben …

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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 …