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Industry advocate Matt Mandel departs Wireless Infrastructure Association

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After nearly eight years of service to the association and a solid record of policy achievements, Matt Mandel, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, will be leaving the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) effective today. “Matt has been an incredible asset to WIA and to the entire wireless industry,” said WIA President and CEO Patrick Halley. “Matt was responsible …

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WIA Receives DOL approval for Broadband Technician registered apprenticeship

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today announced that the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) approved the Broadband Technician as the 15th Registered Apprenticeship Program WIA can offer through its Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). Through TIRAP, WIA provides companies with the resources, guidance, and support to improve and formalize their training programs, expediting employer adoption of Registered Apprenticeship Programs …

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Tower titan Michael T.N. Fitch passes, leaving the industry with a more stable environment

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Michael T.N. Fitch passed away on July 22, 2022, leaving behind a rich legacy of assisting towercos and carriers in advancing infrastructure siting. Fitch spent the first 20 years of his extensive career at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he advanced from Staff Attorney to Division Chief, Bureau Chief, and ultimately Senior Legal and International Advisor to the Chairman. …

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Telecom advocate Patrick Halley to lead WIA as its President and CEO

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today named communications policy veteran and association leader Patrick Halley as the organization’s incoming President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2022. Halley joins WIA from USTelecom – The Broadband Association where he serves as Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy and General Counsel and leads the association’s policy development and advocacy efforts before …

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WIA’s chief Jonathan Adelstein ends 10 years of service as he takes on new role at Digital Bridge Group

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced today the upcoming departure of President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Adelstein. Adelstein has accepted a position as Managing Director and Head of Global Policy and Public Investment for DigitalBridge Group, beginning June 1.  A candidate search is being launched to identify his replacement. “These last ten years were among the most fulfilling of …

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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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Dish is good for a decade, but all eyes should be peeled on the infrastructure bill and industry workforce

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Connect (X)’s The View From the Top, a panel discussion with the nation’s four largest tower companies’ executives, narrated by Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein, had one overriding message this morning, 5G is just starting and the platform’s deployment cycle is likely to provide another decade of robust industry growth in all sectors. “The outlook is …

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Connect (X) explains its expanded COVID safety protocols at its conference that boasts 200 speakers

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has announced revised safety protocols for COVID-19 for the upcoming Connect (X) conference in Orlando, FL, being held October 4-7, at the Hyatt Regency. The association said the changes were a result of the State of Florida changing their practices and policies in recent days. All in-person Connect (X) attendees will now be required to …

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Cell towers prove their resilience during Hurricane Ida’s onslaught

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Yesterday evening’s Hurricane Ida FCC outage report saw a marked improvement of the number of cell tower outages in the affected areas in Louisiana, dropping to 8.7% from its peak on Aug. 30, 2021 of over 52%. Out of a total of 2,759 sites, only 241 remained out of service. Communications outages for the Category 4 Hurricane will be later …

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Infrastructure bill passes the Senate, but Speaker Pelosi is expected to play her trump card to delay it

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The Senate this afternoon passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure with modernized highways, roads, bridges, railways and transit systems as well as provide needed broadband services, after months of intense debate over how to prioritize and pay for President Joe Biden’s plan to boost the U.S. economy. However, the bill now faces potentially lengthy …

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WIA’s Adelstein: A fiber-only strategy will not work, wireless can provide needed flexibility

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WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein was the featured speaker at The Media Institute’s Communications Forum luncheon today. In his remarks, Adelstein underscored the valuable role wireless broadband should play in the infrastructure legislation under consideration in Congress and the importance of technological flexibility. He relayed the importance of flexibility in his experience overseeing the Rural Utilities Service for the …

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SBA CEO Jeffrey Stoops elected WIA Chairman and Tom Kane joins Board of Directors

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has announced that Jeffrey Stoops, President and CEO of SBA, was elected to serve as Chairman of the WIA’s Board of Directors. A new slate of officers was also elected. The new Chairman and officers include: Chairman: Jeffrey A. Stoops; President and Chief Executive Officer; SBA Communications Corporation Vice Chairman: Alex Gellman, Chief Executive Officer, …

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WIA announces Connect (X) 2021 move to Orlando’s Hyatt Regency in October

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced that the dates for Connect (X) 2021 will shift from August 3-6 to October 4-7, 2021. The event, originally scheduled to be in Boston, will now be held in Orlando, FL at the Hyatt Regency.   “WIA made this decision based on our commitment to deliver an exceptional and safe in-person event in 2021,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “We expect this change of date and …

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Nation’s associations band together to honor tower tower techs on Wednesday’s ‘appreciation’ day

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Industry leaders praise essential contributions of tower Technician workforce to global connectivity and 5G economy NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association unveiled a commemoration declaring tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. For the fifth consecutive year, a day has been set aside by NATE and the industry in order to pay tribute to the important work that communications …

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Senate Commerce Committee passes Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act

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The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee passed the Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act today, legislation to address the shortage of trained workers necessary to fill next-generation jobs in the telecommunications industry in communities through the country. The Bill, S. 163, introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Jon Tester (D-MT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Gary Peters (D-MI) heads to the full …

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Telecom industry unites behind call for broadband workforce development to White House, Congress

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A coalition of ten leading organizations representing a broad cross-section of the telecommunications industry today sent a joint letter to the White House and Congress urging support for broadband-related job skills development as part of any infrastructure legislation. The associations included the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA), INCOMPAS, NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, NTCA-The Rural …

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Senate confirms Simington as FCC Commissioner over strong objections from Democrats

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Yesterday, the Senate voted 49-46 to confirm the contentious nomination of Republican Nathan Simington to the FCC, despite appeals from Democrats and advocacy groups to hold off on a vote until early next year. The confirmation handed the Biden administration a possible deadlocked FCC since FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is stepping down from the agency on inauguration day, January 20, …

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FCC’s launch of a $9 billion fund will benefit broadband poor rural areas and contractors

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The FCC voted unanimously today to establish a fund for up to $9 billion in federal support for rural 5G buildouts and precision agriculture, but Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks each registered their concerns over progress on new wireless coverage maps. The Report and Order adopted sets up the 5G Fund for Rural America that includes up to $8 …

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Industry vet Baumann appointed to TIRAP’s Advisory Board

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced today that Brad Baumann, Vice President, Wireless Solutions for Gabe’s Construction Co., Inc., has joined the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Advisory Board. He has 37 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.   “The Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) board and its members appreciate the time and energy Brad spends to represent our industry on the TIRAP Advisory Board, and we know …

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Wireless Infrastructure Association names three new industry execs for leadership roles

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) named Dr. Rikin Thakker as Chief Technology Officer; Brent Weil as Vice President, Workforce Development; and Jason Nelson as Vice President, Partnerships and Development. These new leaders will expand WIA’s wireless workforce development initiatives and extend WIA’s thought leadership and convening role for businesses in the wireless industry. These positions will play a major role …