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Authorities disable signal-jamming devices in California; FCC could fine resident $112,500

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Morgan Hill, CA police said the Santa Clara County Emergency Communications Department reported a signal was “disrupting, impeding and interfering” with public safety calls, requiring an investigation. Authorities noticed interference at a communication tower for the last six months. However, in the last week, it had gotten worse, with residents reporting disruptions to Wi-Fi, satellite, and cell phone service. Investigators …

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AT&T’s says its network was walloped by Hurricane Ida

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Many people in Southeast Louisiana with AT&T have no phone service after Hurricane Ida tore through the area Sunday, losing about 40% of its network. Verizon said the company was “still actively assessing the situation on the ground as it is safe to do so.” Although they are seeing sites out of service in the heaviest hit areas, overlapping sites …

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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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Pittsburgh announces $10 million agreement with Crown Castle for fiber network for 131 city facilities

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Mayor William Peduto has announced an agreement with Crown Castle to provide the first unified fiber connectivity network for city facilities as part of the NetPGH initiative. Crown Castle will help connect all 131 city facilities on a single network, including EMS stations, fire stations, recreation and healthy active living centers, and critical public safety infrastructure. Connecting all city facilities to …

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The unvarnished Tennessee truth: Trained tower techs will save lives

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The nation’s tower techs take pride in their work and their ability to safely rescue a fellow worker if the occasion ever arises. Most techs will spend their career never having to perform an emergency rescue on a tower, but when it’s necessary, it’s nice to know that the men and women working alongside you have you covered. Such was the case …

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Catherine Piche to lead Crown Castle’s tower division as its EVP and COO

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Crown Castle International Corp. has announced that Catherine Piche has been appointed to succeed Robert C. Ackerman as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer–Towers, effective September 1, 2021. Ackerman plans to retire following a 50-year career that included 23 years in various senior leadership roles at Crown Castle, and he has agreed to remain with Crown Castle in an …

Congruex adds Oregon-based A&M Communications to its portfolio of companies

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Congruex, a national end-to-end provider of design, engineering, construction, and maintenance services to broadband providers, today announced the acquisition of A&M Communications. The acquisition further cements Congruex’s leading position as one of the nation’s largest telecom engineering and construction firms. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Boring, Oregon, A&M Communications is an end-to-end provider of wireless …

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QualTek’s BACOM acquisition adds 200 new employees for its 5G build to complement its 5,000-plus workforce

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QualTek, LLC, a leading turnkey provider of infrastructure services to the North American 5G wireless, telecom, and renewable energy sectors, announced that it has acquired Broken Arrow Communications Inc. (BACOM). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico with more than 200 employees and serving customers in 11 states in the Western U.S., BACOM provides a …

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DigitalBridge acquires a controlling stake in nation’s largest independent tower owner, Vertical Bridge

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DigitalBridge Group. Inc. today announced that funds affiliated with DigitalBridge Investment Management, the Company’s investment management platform, have reached a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC (Vertical Bridge), the largest private owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the United States. As the operator of the largest independent tower platform in the U.S., …

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SBA’s Stoops believes Q2 was the start of a multi-year increase in U.S. wireless carrier capex

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SBA Communications Corp. on Monday reported its second quarter results that exceeded Wall Street expectations. The company’s shares have increased 21% since the beginning of the year. This morning SBAC was trading at $348.62, inching towards its 52-week high of $350.63. The Boca Raton, FL-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $293.5 million, or $2.64 …

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Senate puts it in writing: Fiber will not keep wireless from benefitting from $65 Billion broadband bill

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A group of senators finalized the legislative text totaling 2,702 pages last night for the long-awaited infrastructure deal, bringing the Senate a step close to passing the administration’s bill that would provide $65 Billion for the nation’s broadband development. Industry lobbyists were relieved when their core concern was struck from the legislation being considered that would have favored high-speed fiber development …

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Dish wants contractors to ‘accept or reject’ unprofitable blue plate special colo pricing

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Dish Wireless’s urgency to build out their 5G mobile network has been long-seen by many wireless contractors as their sought after savior that would allow them to move a segment of their workforce to more profitable work than the depressed market pricing they are being offered by many carriers or their turfing vendors. However, the expected supply and demand shift …

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California study shows that small cells actually increase home values

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Joint Venture Silicon Valley unveiled their latest study last week regarding the Economic Impacts to Residential Real Estate from Small Wireless Facilities. The study focused on whether objective evidence in real estate sales records shows residential real estate valuation impacts from small wireless facilities or “small cells”. It concluded that small cell facilities do not have an appreciable effect on …

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Rullex and Ansco get into legal fray over $113K of downtime and troubleshooting

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A project management and construction company is suing another management and contracting firm that is managing AT&T site builds for allegedly failing to pay invoices submitted for downtime and troubleshooting. According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on June 21, Rullex Co., Inc., is suing Georgia-based Ansco & Associates LLC for not …

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DigitalBridge’s Barrack resigns after being arrested in LA for being an alleged unregistered foreign agent

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Update: July 23, 2021 – Federal prosecutors agreed upon a $250 million dollar bail today for Thomas Barrack while he awaits trial on charges that he illegally lobbied  the U.S. government on behalf of leaders in the United Arab Emirates. The bail, was the third highest amount in U.S. history, equal to Michael Milken’s bail that cost the Wall Street ‘junk …

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Following a two island shopping spree, Phoenix Tower Intl. bags 830 Monaco Telecom towers

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Boca-Raton, FL-based Phoenix Tower International (“Phoenix“) has closed its agreement with Monaco Telecom to purchase over 830 wireless towers and acquire newly constructed wireless towers over six years across Malta and Cyprus through a build-to-suit (BTS) program. Phoenix is now the largest tower infrastructure provider in both countries and the long-term partnership established with Monaco Telecom through this deal will see the operator occupy the …

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American Tower and SBA Communications exposed to sabotage during South Africa riots

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South African crowds continued to riot overnight, defying calls from authorities to end a week of violence that has killed more than 70 people, wrecked dozens of shopping malls, and destroyed over a thousand businesses as well as over one hundred communications towers. The violence started following the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma last week for failing to appear at …

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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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Forum sees growing diversity of deployment models driving surging small cell demand through 2026

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The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has released its latest market forecast report identifying a large growth curve. The report, available  here, confirms the continuing growth of the small cell market, with 5G driving new deployments, particularly in industrial and enterprise settings. This is forecast to be accelerated by increasing access to new spectrum and open architectures, both of which will facilitate new …

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Vertical Bridge and Tarpon Towers tag team against Tillman’s tower model at South Wireless Summit session

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When towerco executives interact during a panel discussion, it’s expected that they’ll present an uplifting message to the audience, nodding to investors to join in their spiritual-like carrier campfire song. A Tuesday presentation proved to be an exception. During a South Wireless Summit session moderated by Pat Tant, CEO of Vogue Towers, Vertical Bridge Sr. VP Bob Paige and Tarpon …