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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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DISH Chairman Ergen and FCC’s Carr added to NATE UNITE’s stellar lineup of keynotes and presenters

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced today that DISH Co-Founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will participate in a Q & A Keynote Fireside Chat at the NATE UNITE 2022 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The keynote session will be moderated by prominent industry analyst Jennifer Fritzsche, Head of North American Telecom and Digital Infrastructure …

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Only one tower was damaged during Kentucky tornados: FCC report

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According to the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System’s (DIRS) report yesterday, only one cell site was out due to damage from the deadly tornadoes that devastated numerous Kentucky communities last weekend, destroying over 1,000 properties, including facilities of two industry manufacturers. Although there were an additional 9 cell sites out, 8 of them due to transport issues and 1 out …

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Senate confirms FCC Chair Rosenworcel to a new term, the first woman to lead the agency

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The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel in a 68-31 vote as the first appointed female chairperson of the FCC. Rosenworcel had been acting chairperson since January. Tuesday’s action means the FCC narrowly avoided a Republican majority, which could have happened if Rosenworcel’s current term was allowed to expire at the end of the year.  “It is a tremendous honor …

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Lindsey Graham is leading the charge to remove Gigi Sohn’s FCC nomination for Commissioner

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The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee is holding a nomination hearing to examine the nomination of FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel (D), but it appears that Republicans have been initially successful in blocking President Joe Biden’s other FCC Commissioner nominee, Gigi Sohn (D), who will not appear with Rosenworcel, according to the committee’s agenda. GOP committee members, Sen. Roger Wicker …

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Verizon, AT&T delay 5G C-band rollout to address FAA airplane safety concerns

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The FAA said it has deep concerns about the potential impact to aviation safety resulting from interference to radar altimeter performance from 5G network operations in the C-band. Radar altimeters are used on planes and helicopters for multiple critical safety functions, including landing when visibility is low, anti-collision warnings and systems that warn pilots when they inadvertently get too low.  …

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FCC is considering a DJI drone ban that would take a tool out of the contractor’s toolbox and not replace it

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The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to boot China Telecom Americas off of U.S. networks, finding that the service provider could not quash concerns that it’s beholden to surveillance requests from the Chinese government. The decision means China Telecom Americas must now discontinue U.S. services within 60 days, ending its authorization for the past 20 years to operate in the …

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Biden finally nominates Rosenworcel as permanent FCC Chair and Sohn for a Commission seat

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After 10 months of waiting, President Joe Biden today nominated Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the agency permanently. He also nominated former FCC official Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate, to the open Democratic seat on the Commission. During the Obama years she was then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s counselor, a role in which she advocated for strong net …

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Contractors rebelling against ‘take it or leave it’ matrix pricing that could easily endanger carriers’ 5G builds

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In 1999 when The Matrix opened in theatres, carriers and towercos began utilizing matrix pricing to project CapEx budgets for macro sites, while still allowing acceptable margins and opportunities for contractors to continue to be successful. Fast forward 22 years. The Matrix Resurrections sequel will hit the big screens this December and it is expected to be hugely profitable, unlike …

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Democrats urge President Biden to designate acting FCC Chairperson Rosenworcel to a permanent position

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Over two dozen U.S. Senators are urging President Biden to designate acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to a permanent position, making her the first woman to hold the office. Rosenworcel has been serving in an acting capacity since President Biden took office. The 24 Democratic Senators, along with Independent Angus King of Maine, said in their letter that they had …

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FCC commits over $1.2 Billion in first wave of emergency connectivity fund

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The Federal Communications Commission Friday announced that it is committing $1,203,107,496 for 3,040 schools, 260 libraries, and 24 consortia that applied for support from the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program.  This first wave of funding commitments will provide students, school staff and library patrons in all 50 states and Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia access to the devices …

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It’s possible the infrastructure bill will require tower techs and other workers to receive huge pay increases

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Since the text of the infrastructure bill was released earlier this month, industry media have been surgically dissecting the limited details in the $1.2 trillion act that provides $65 billion for the nation’s broadband development. What is known is that $42.45 billion will be funneled to states to fund projects each state approves independently, if their telecommunications provider can offer speeds …

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Court ruling requires FCC to go back to the drawing board for a better explanation of its RF guidelines

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Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the FCC’s decision in 2019 that its 1996 radio frequency emission guidelines adequately protect the public was arbitrary and capricious and not evidence based, in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. In response to a petition by health groups led by the Environmental Health Trust that was argued on …

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FCC fines an ISP $50K for an auction-originated Facebook post, another one get $30K for an email

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A troubling Facebook post and an email last year cost two broadband service providers a total of $80,000 in separate actions yesterday for violating the FCC’s rules by engaging in prohibited communications of its bidding and bidding strategies to other participants in Auction 105 involving the auction of 22,631 county-based Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the …

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NATE’s new Washington chief will also head association’s Wireless Industry Network

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced the hiring of Todd Washam as Director of Government Relations and Wireless Industry Network, a new Washington, D.C. based staff position established by the Association. Washam officially begins his duties with NATE on Friday, July 16. Washam comes to NATE with an extensive background that includes serving as a congressional staffer for approximately …

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SCOTUS shuts down last ditch efforts by municipalities to challenge FCC’s small cell order

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by local governments, which identifies that the court will not consider an appeal from the 9th Circuit’s decision upholding portions of the FCC’s 2018 Declaratory Ruling related to small wireless facilities deployed in the rights of way. Although the high court will not provide the reason for it’s denial of the City …

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Communications survive condo catastrophe as hope for survivors dwindles; lawsuit adds wireless contractor

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UPDATE: June 29, 2021 – Two lawsuits have already been filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association. One of the lawsuits alleges that recently added weight to the building’s roof was “the straw that broke the spine” of the complex. It also claims that the association had “contracted with a cellular antennae provider/contractor, allowing it to install a transmission and/or receiver …

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Fifth Circuit clears the way for an FCC rip and replace approval day

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The FCC’s July 13 meeting will have commissioners voting on congressionally mandated changes to replace insecure network equipment from Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei. While Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel was busy last week putting the finishing touches on the rip and replace program, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday removed a judicial roadblock that could have prevented the program …

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A 911 vertical location solution success might be better solved by Google and Apple, not a $300,000 fine

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Commentary Earlier this month, FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Nathan Simington said that the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau (EB) erred in taking AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to the woodshed and fining them $100,000 each for not meeting their obligations by April 3 to provide 911 location certifications by using Z-axis data that would allow first responders to know where the caller …

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FCC, carriers asking SCOTUS to permanently put Portland’s ‘David & Goliath’ 5G order concerns to bed

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The FCC, DOJ, carriers and wireless organizations strongly voiced their opinions last week to the U.S. Supreme Court that the high court should not consider the City of Portland, Oregon’s request to reopen challenges to the FCC’s 2018 orders that allowed the nation’s wireless operators to standardize the installation of 5G small cells on the local level in municipal rights …