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Stolen Alabama AM tower sparks a broader conversation about the station’s ‘bizarre’ operational history, and video debunked claims

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Other than local, state, and industry media covering a communications tower collapse, unless it involves a fatality, failure incidents seldom get national legs. However, when an AM station general manager in Jasper, Alabama, reported earlier this month that vandals in the night had walked off with his 200-foot tower, forcing him off the air, it had all the right visuals, …

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Unanticipated stop work order issued by concrete truck driver after he topples a 199-foot tower

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While a contractor’s crew was attempting to finish a slab pour on Sunday for a foundation being installed for WNIX’s new transmitter building in Greenville, MS, a concrete truck driver backed into a guy wire, causing the station’s 199-foot tower to collapse. Larry Fuss, President and CEO of Delta Radio, the owner of the news-talk AM radio station, made the announcement …

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Stealth steal: Vandals walk off with a 200-foot AM broadcast tower

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On Friday, Brett Elmore, general manager of WJLX radio, a nondirectional AM radio station, went on Facebook and announced that someone had made off with his 200-foot-tall guyed tower from a site in Jasper, Alabama, that is located at a dead end near the sprawling Mar-Jac poultry plant. “This morning, my bush hog crew went down to a tower site we …

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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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Gun-toting Texas arsonist sentenced to 78 months for allegedly torching 22 cell towers

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A 30-year-old San Antonio, Texas man was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court to six and a half years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and setting fire to approximately 22 cell towers, according to court records. In a statement, prosecutors said Sean Aaron Smith “maliciously attempted to damage and destroy, using fire, multiple cellular …

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Former American Tower CFO Bradley Singer will now guide his former arch-competitor, Crown Castle

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When American Tower Corporation (ATC) CFO Bradley Singer left the Boston-based company in 2008 for his new role as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Communications, LLC, he reflected upon his eight years at the company, stating,” I am gratified with what we have achieved together, and I believe that American Tower’s strategic and financial position and talented …

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Taking editorial roads less traveled seen as the successful driver for Wireless Estimator’s 20th Anniversary

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In 2004, two years before Facebook became accessible to the general public and Yahoo! Groups were getting their internet legs, there was the now-defunct Tower-Pro group. It boasted 2,200 members at its peak, and was one of the few vehicles offering news and only when a member posted a link. At that time, former journalist and veteran contractor in the …

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Naked woman falls from the 175-foot level of a monopole and is snagged to safety by two firefighters

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In an unprecedented rescue operation, firefighters in Gastonia, North Carolina, demonstrated incredible bravery and skill as they saved an impaired, naked woman who had climbed 175 feet up a 200-foot monopole cell tower owned by TowerCom. The incident unfolded off of Love Street on Sunday evening, leaving both the rescuers and the woman herself in awe of the outcome. Authorities received …

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Injured tower tech rescued after falling from a “rat’s nest” tower site outside of Chicago

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A tower tech is in stable condition after falling approximately 15 feet off a 65-foot monopole yesterday that sits atop the 125-foot tall Frankfort Grainery tower in Frankfort, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.  At approximately 2:00 p.m., the Frankfort Fire Protection District received a 9-1-1 call that a tower tech had fallen and had a broken arm.   After arriving at …

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“Rip and Replace” remains in limbo as only five unidentified telecom companies replace Chinese equipment

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a report for Congress, underscoring that only five telecommunications companies have concluded the removal of technology equipment provided by firms closely associated with the Chinese Communist government. Based on the latest status reports and final certifications, the Bureau estimates that approximately 10% of recipients have completed the permanent removal, replacement, and disposal of all …

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American Tower starts packing its bags with $2.5 billion for an India exit, leaving 78,000 towers behind

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After a 16-year run in India, American Tower Corporation (“American Tower”) is exiting the country in a deal with Data Infrastructure Trust (“DIT”), an Infrastructure Investment Trust sponsored by an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management (“Brookfield”), under which DIT will acquire 100% of the equity interests in American Tower’s operations in India.  The deal would potentially represent up to approximately …

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Starlink sets in orbit six satellites as America’s towers remain a fixed stable for communications

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SpaceX marked the beginning of 2024 with a groundbreaking mission, launching on Tuesday the first six Starlink satellites equipped with direct-to-cell capabilities. Collaborating with T-Mobile, SpaceX aims to eliminate cellular dead zones in the most remote areas in the U.S. These six satellites will initially undergo testing in the U.S., and the service will initially offer text messaging. Subsequently, voice …

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CTI Towers expands its footprint with acquisition of 56 towers in North Dakota

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CTI Towers, Inc. (“CTI Towers”), a prominent player in the wireless tower industry and a portfolio company of Palistar Capital LP (“Palistar”), an alternative asset manager specializing in mission-critical communications and digital infrastructure, has unveiled its latest strategic move. The company proudly announces the acquisition of 56 towers in North Dakota from SRT Communications Inc. (“SRT”), the state’s largest telecommunications …

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Towerco’s ‘synthetic’ leases surface in a 3,100 tower site deal that could be near $2 billion

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Under the exploratory teaser name of Project Lighthouse, a U.S.-based towerco is looking to sell a portfolio of 3,100 real estate interests consisting of perpetual easements that might be sold at 25 times the $80 million base rent paid to the buyer, in the potential $2 billion deal, according to two Wireless Estimator sources familiar with the offering. For the …

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North Carolina catches up to India’s ongoing homeowner lease scams

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Ashe County, N.C. Sheriff B. Phil Howell is reaching out to residents, urging their support and collaboration in addressing a recent potential cell tower scam that has reportedly fleeced money from “many potential victims.” The Asche County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) believes some homeowners may have fallen for this scheme, which may involve sending money for a deed search, cell tower …

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TowerCo and Everest acquire 546 towers from Charter, which once had 1,200, lightly eclipsing CTI 525-tower deal

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Everest Infrastructure Partners, Inc. (“Everest”) and TowerCo (“TowerCo”) have jointly revealed the acquisition of 546 wireless towers for an undisclosed amount from Charter Communications, Inc. (“Charter”) to be completed over multiple closings starting this month. The wireless tower assets included in this transaction are located in 37 states throughout the U.S. and collectively represent one of the more significant portfolio …

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Crown Castle’s surprising about-face on Canonsburg relocation sparks employee confusion

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Crown Castle Inc., in a dramatic turnaround, has left its employees in Canonsburg, PA, scratching their heads after abruptly canceling plans to relocate them to the corporate headquarters in Houston, TX. The decision comes following activist investor Elliott Investment Management’s call for changes within the company as CEO Jay Brown prepares to step down in January. Interim CEO Anthony Melone, …

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Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown announces retirement amid activist investor pressure to resign

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Communications infrastructure provider Crown Castle Inc. is undergoing a significant leadership change as CEO Jay Brown has decided to retire, effective January 16, 2024. The announcement comes amidst pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, which has been advocating for leadership changes and strategic improvements at the company. Brown’s departure follows a series of scathing critiques from Elliott, known for its …

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Thieves find it more profitable in India to steal the entire cell site instead of stripping cable

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Thieves normally specialize in stealing batteries or transmission lines at communications sites in the U.S., but in an incident in India, thieves went for the full monty, stealing the entire cell site. The theft occurred last March but wasn’t reported to authorities until last week in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi district, where a cell tower, standing at 165 feet and weighing …

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Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown must go, says Elliott Investment Management, after investing $2 billion

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Elliott Investment Management L.P., which manages funds that collectively have an investment of approximately $2 billion in Crown Castle Inc., released a letter and presentation today detailing its perspectives on the company’s history of underperformance and calling for significant changes. One of those adjustments is for the Board of Directors to immediately provide an interim CEO to replace Jay Brown, who has held that position …