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NATE UNITE 2023’s keynote speaker is undeniably unafraid of working at heights

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Tower techs, rightfully so, are proud of the heights that they’ve climbed, some being able to put a desirable hash mark on their helmet if they’ve reached the coveted 1,900-foot level. NATE UNITE 2023’s keynote speaker, Mike Massimino, would have a considerably different marking for his helmet, representing he climbed – with an assist from a space shuttle orbiter — …

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Vandals destroy three 410-foot towers, unaware their crime would backfire and gift a religious broadcaster

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The FBI and local authorities are investigating the felling of three AM broadcast towers owned by Truth Broadcasting Co. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, each one on a different day within less than three weeks. The first collapse witnessed by a nearby homeowner, Cliff Orgnon, occurred on December 21, 2022. After the three towers were destroyed, WSJS went off the air. …

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NY board knocks down wealthy residents’ cries that Richard Gere’s monopine will depress property values

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The planning board of the Town of Bedford, NY, appears to be ready to approve a 130-foot monopine on the grounds of Richard Gere’s tony Bedford Post Inn. Gere and real estate developer Russell Hernandez have offered land on their 14-acre estate for a Verizon cell site to fill service gaps for emergency responders in town. Wealthy residents Rooney and …

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Financially strapped landlord sues American Tower in a hail Mary attempt to shore up lost rents and profits

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A Baltimore City, Maryland building owner is suing American Tower’s Global Tower Holdings for allegedly not maintaining a cell site on the property’s rooftop and causing damages above $75,000. Olcan lll Properties, LLC states in their complaint that they had provided an easement since January 1, 2021, to Global Tower on the property located at 4437 Belair Road for “a …

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Stranded Alaskan snowmobiler’s rescue appears to be first reported use of Apple’s emergency satellite SOS app

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In what might be the first reported use of Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite, a snowmobiler in Alaska was successfully rescued when he became stranded in an isolated area – a location that Apple wasn’t sure if they could provide connectivity to a satellite. Alaska State Troopers received an alert from the Apple Emergency Response Center early yesterday morning. The State …

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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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TIF’s white paper explores how to save money on tower foundations and still achieve structural integrity

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The installation of new foundations and the modification of existing foundations for telecommunication structures represent significant capital investment costs. The money invested limits the use of that capital for other telecommunications infrastructure. For the industry to support the demand for telecommunications infrastructure as effectively as possible, all analysis methods that can minimize cost should be considered. The Telecommunications Industry Foundation (TIF) …

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Virginia Wireless Association President Alex Beiro, Jr. passes, leaving a legacy of charitable giving

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A memorial mass followed by a celebration of life will be held on December 2, 2022, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, at 10:30 a.m. for Alexander (Alex) A. Beiro, Jr., who passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on November 19, 2022, at his home in Alexandria. He was well known for his industry advocacy, serving …

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Duke Energy heads back to court to reverse FCC’s slashing of rates for AT&T on utility poles

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On November 17, 2022, in a unanimous vote, the FCC stood by its 2021 decision regarding utility pole attachment rates in a dispute between AT&T and Duke Energy Progress, denying Duke Energy’s bid to revisit a ruling that slashed the rates that AT&T pays to attach equipment to its utility. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel applauded the FCC’s resolution of the joint …

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AT&T sues Liberal, Kansas after it nixes a second siting application that appeared to be a hole in one

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The former Vice Mayor of Liberal, Kansas, allegedly informed AT&T’s siting representative that the City would support an ordinance allowing a special use permit for a 150-foot monopole on the property of the Liberal Country Club after the City denied a prior church location in 2021 due to resident opposition. However, the City Commissioners denied their request, and AT&T sued …

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This Thanksgiving, consider recognizing wireless industry volunteers’ year-round efforts

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For 18 years, Wireless Estimator has been privileged to reach your computer screen or smartphone daily, providing information and advocacy to an industry we proudly serve. For that, we are thankful. More importantly, we are thankful for those men and women who don’t look for thanks – our country’s volunteers, the spirited folks that genuinely make this industry great. Unfortunately, recognizing everyone and …

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VIKOR expands geographic footprint to the East with acquisition of Noash Construction

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South Dakotah-based VIKOR has announced its acquisition of Noash Construction, Inc., a tower construction company based out of Sebree, KY. In a statement, the company said the objective is to strengthen VIKOR’s reach and ability to impact the lives of its people, customers, and industry by adding the mutual strength and quality of Noash’s years of experience in the industry. …

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Seasoned telecom expert Melissa Acosta acquires majority stake in Front Range Wireless

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Front Range Wireless, a telecommunications infrastructure services provider, announced that wireless industry executive Melissa Acosta had acquired a majority stake in the company, transitioning Front Range Wireless to become a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in 2023. Most recently from QualTek, Acosta will lead Front Range Wireless’ operations as President. Founded in 2001 by Aaron Kingstrom, Front Range Wireless started in Centennial, Colorado. …

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‘Blue collar’ NEC acquires Eastern Communications to provide a serious industry presence

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Pfingsten Partners portfolio company, NEC, has acquired Eastern Communications, LLC (“Eastern”). Headquartered in Bloomfield, CT, Eastern is a vertically integrated provider of maintenance, repair, and upgrade services to critical telecommunications infrastructure across the New England region. The company was founded in 1996. The transaction closed on October 31, 2022. NEC previously established its industry presence by combining three of the …

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Crown Castle’s Reudink will help strengthen SCF’s support for multi-operator shared infrastructure

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SCF (Small Cell Forum), the global organization supporting the evolution and adoption of low-cost, agile mobile infrastructure, announced its new Chair, Mark Reudink, Head of Technology Strategy at Crown Castle. Reudink is a highly regarded industry veteran who, prior to Crown Castle, worked at several of the world’s largest MNOs. He replaces Lockhead Martin’s Prabhakar Chitrapu, who steps into the …

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The First Lady of tower tech compassion will sunset the Hubble Foundation next month

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After assisting families of tower technicians who have passed away or were seriously injured over the past ten years, the Hubble Foundation’s Board of Directors regretfully announced that the non-profit Foundation would cease operation on December 30, 2022, the Foundation’s President, Dr. Bridgette (Gette) Hester, informed Wireless Estimator. Hester said that the organization’s inability to maintain dedicated volunteers to assist …

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Industry mourns passing of Midwest Unlimited’s GM Eric Wellman

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“It is with heartbreak and profound sadness to announce that Midwest Unlimited has lost an indispensable, beloved, integral member of our work family, General Manager Eric Wellman, who passed away Saturday,” said company owner Jim Krupicka. Wellman began working as a salesperson at Midwest Unlimited in June 2003 and quickly transitioned to vendor relations, product development, purchasing procurement to sales …

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From Davie to DC, Vertical Freedom premieres rev up excitement for its long-awaited November 1 release

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With two premieres in a week, Vertical Freedom, an epic, feature-length documentary film highlighting the professional and personal lives of six communications infrastructure workers to be released on November 1 on 18 video platforms, gave attendees a first-hand look at their compelling stories. Last evening, coupled with a workforce development panel that included NATE President and CEO Todd Schlekeway, NATE …

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Undocumented immigrant arrested for illegally setting Knoxville cell phone towers on fire

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The Knoxville Fire Department said investigators arrested and charged a Knoxville, KY, man after there were numerous fires at cell phone tower sites. According to multiple news searches, none of them were reported in local news media since they started occurring in June of 2022. Gildardo Herrera Gonzalez, 36, was charged with one count of arson and one count of setting fire to …

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Installing networks right is VIAVI’s forte, and free webinar for tower techs and contractors will show why

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If you want to install wireless networks right the first time, you’ll want to register for VIAVI Solutions’ best practices for testing cell sites during installation to increase efficiency and avoid revisits webinar presented by solutions expert Steve Gale on October 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. VIAVI Solutions, a leader in Fiber Optic and RF test and measurement …