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NATE’s contractor COVID-19 Impact Survey provides an excellent snapshot of concerns

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled the results of the Association’s Member COVID-19 Impact Survey. The survey provides some interesting details such as 24% of their members stating that they pulled tower crews from the field. The survey, conducted over a six day period from Friday, March 27 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020, included responses from 224 member …

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NATE webinar will help contractors understand CARES Act as they navigate troubled financial waters

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Wireless contractors and other infrastructure businesses scrambling to determine how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act applies to them will welcome a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to be presented by NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association with Brian Gramm, a prominent small business consultant from Seemore Hawk. This important webinar …

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UK 5G towers still being torched amid bogus coronavirus theories supported in the U.S.

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United Kingdom wireless operators and government officials strongly condemned acts of violence by individuals incorrectly linking 5G to COVID-19 after vandals set fire to at least five cell sites, the very infrastructure that is keeping people connected and safe during the pandemic. Rumors and conspiracy theories over a link between the roll out of 5G and the spread of coronavirus …

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FirstNet platform turns 2 as AT&T offers first responder agencies free smartphones for life

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As the nation continues to combat the spread of coronavirus, the FirstNet communications platform, built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority is bringing advanced capabilities to first responders across the country. Now, first responder public safety agencies on FirstNet can get premium FirstNet Ready smartphone devices for free for their agency paid users to connect them to critical …

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Employees with coronavirus and other wireless workforce/permitting issues could cause a Q2 slowdown

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Twenty-three industry contractor and vertical realtor executives interviewed in confidence by Wireless Estimator in the past six days said that they’ve seen a marked decrease in their normal workloads and  schedules but are weathering the effects of COVID-19 and adapting to changes daily. However, there is a general consensus that the impact on construction activities will become more profound in …

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Verizon joins AT&T in hiking its employees’ pandemic pay, but doesn’t disclose increase

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Verizon announced today that it’s immediately implementing a significantly enhanced compensation plan for the company’s employees who must deploy outside their homes to meet critical customer needs. These mission-critical employees are unable to work remotely as they fulfill and repair broadband orders and connection issues, maintain networks and offer products to customers immediately and in person when deemed essential, the company …

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Pai proposes $200 million COVID-19 telehealth program

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The FCC is launching its new telehealth program aimed at using $200 million in new federal funding to improve broadband connectivity for connected health services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled the new program yesterday, while at the same time providing an update on the agency’s Connected Care Pilot Program, which aims to improve telehealth access in remote and rural parts …

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Radiation guidelines panel finds 5G safe while tin-hatters embrace MD’s YouTube nonsense

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A panel of international experts has identified that 5G does not pose a health risk, after updating its radiation exposure guidelines. The organization responsible for assessing health risks, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), has updated its guidelines regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields to cover 5G signals. The commission has ruled that some protections are required against the …

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DOL releases coronavirus response act notice to be posted by employers

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The Federal poster regarding employee rights in reference to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) that takes effect on April 1, 2020, has been released by the Department of Labor. The (Non-Federal Employee) family leave poster is available here: The FFCRA provides partial income replacement benefits to employees working for private employers with fewer than 500 employees, if, amongst …

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CWA captures an additional 20% COVID-19 pay boost for AT&T field technicians and other workers

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Following negotiations with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, AT&T announced that it will pay a 20% bonus above its regular hourly base pay rate to all of its union employees starting yesterday and until further notice due to working conditions being presented by the coronavirus pandemic. This includes both employees working from home and those still in offices …

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Pandemic causes delays to two of the FCC’s auctions

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The FCC today announced schedule changes for Auction 105 as well as the postponement of Auction 106. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, these changes were deemed necessary in order to protect the health and safety of Commission staff and to allow parties additional time to prepare to participate in Auctions 105 and 106, the FCC said in a press release. “Many Americans …

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Connect (X) still weighing its best options for the May 18-21 Miami Beach show

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UPDATE: March 27, 2020 – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), updated the status  of their May 18 through 21, 2020 Connect (X) 2020 show to their exhibitors, attendees and sponsors on their web site Wednesday,  as the planned dates for Connect (X) Miami approach. “The health and safety of each of you is our top priority. Like all of you, we are …

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NATE’s legal eagles address ever-changing COVID-19 regulations impacting employers/workers

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A live NATE webinar this morning presented by attorneys Edwin Foulke, Jr. and Howard Mavity, partners in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, enabled almost 200 registrants to obtain the latest information regarding the serious issues facing all employers and employees stemming from COVID-19. But as both attorneys acknowledged, the most recent information could be outdated as fluid …

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DHS steps in with letters to assist contractors as ‘essential’ workers maintaining wireless infrastructure

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued two letters valid through May 28, 2020, to help wireless contractors maintain access to critical infrastructure.  The letters are from John O’Connor, Director of the National Communications Coordination Branch of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The first letter indicates that wireless contractors are part of the nation’s emergency infrastructure and …

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NATE develops a COVID-19 Resource Portal

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In an effort to keep NATE member companies informed on the fluid situation involving the COVID-19 public health pandemic, the Association has compiled and developed a central portal consisting of key resources and updates from government agencies, Congress, and other applicable organizations. NATE encourages member companies to become familiar with the organizations, guidelines and information included below in order to …

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Fall protection succumbs to the need for virus protection as Washington State-based Gravitec closes

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Since the initial reports of the COVID-19 outbreak, Washington State-based fall protection training company Gravitec had been coordinating their efforts and strategies to protect their clients, students and employees to sustain their operations, but yesterday evening North America’s largest fall protection training company made the difficult decision to suspend their in-house training as well as temporarily  suspend travel for their …

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IWCE reschedules it’s expo to August, WIA’s May show is still a go

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In a there’s light at the end of the tunnel announcement, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) announced that IWCE 2020 will take place on August 24-28, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. ETA’s Education Forum will also be rescheduled to take place at this time. The show had been originally scheduled to begin March 30, but …

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Contractors cautioned: Don’t underreact in protecting wireless field workforces against COVID-19

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By Michael Devers and Jim Tracy The wireless communication industry we work in is as dynamic and fast-paced as it is critical. Over the past week, we’ve been witness to history as the dynamic, fast-paced, and extraordinary development of the impacts and storylines surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have begun to play out. This is especially true here in Western Washington, unfortunately …