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Appeals court provides a holiday present to contractors, telling OSHA to stand down on its COVID mandate

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OSHA is temporarily suspending enforcement of the Biden administration’s private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate that would have had companies with over 100 employees comply with the new vaccine mandate rule, although tower crews  could be exempt. Yesterday’s announcement comes after the Fifth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals in New Orleans twice ordered implementation of the mandate halted, citing “grave” constitutional …

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Ohio Lt. Governor Husted announces that NATE-developed TTT-I curriculum to be offered at three schools

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association participated today in a Telecommunications Tower Technician I (TTT-I) program launch announcement event at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. The workforce event, hosted by Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, included a celebrated announcement that TTT-I pilot programs will be established at three Ohio schools: Hocking College …

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Four trailblazing pioneers inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame

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A trailblazing class of pioneers was inducted into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame Thursday night. The event, hosted by the Wireless History Foundation (WHF), a nonprofit organization that has honored the hall of fame members for the past decade, celebrated Pat Riordan, Mark Crosby, Jim Tracy and Ari Fitzgerald. “We were so happy to highlight the accomplishments of the Hall of …

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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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Inflation delivers another gut punch to wireless contractors as it reaches a 31-year high

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Consumer prices surged at the fastest pace in more than three decades in October as fuel costs accelerated, supply chains remained under pressure and construction materials and steel prices moved higher — bad news for economic policymakers at the Federal Reserve and for the Biden White House. Even worse news for wireless contractors who are locked into Tier 1 companies’ …

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IFC will invest an additional $25 million in infrastructure assets managed by DigitalBridge

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DigitalBridge Group, Inc. today announced that the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) will be investing $100 million in digital infrastructure assets managed by DigitalBridge in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia to expand digital access and connectivity. IFC’s $100 million investment includes $75 million already committed in three of DigitalBridge’s portfolio companies: Scala Data Centers (“Scala”), a leading scaled hyperscale data center operator …

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It was anticipated, but now there’s proof that NWSA Certification dramatically reduces safety incidents

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that due to the collaboration of all sectors of the telecommunications industry, there has been a dramatic three-to-one decrease in tower crew-related safety issues and accidents when NWSA trade certified technicians are present on jobsites. This major safety improvement is the result of countless hours donated by volunteers representing the broadest-ever consortium …

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Pelosi’s on again, off again historic infrastructure bill passes with NATE and WIA applauding broadband funding

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After months of frustrating attempts to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally achieved success with the support of 13 Republican House members on Friday night. The bill, which received 19 GOP votes in the Senate, was dissociated from the broader social spending package known as Build Back Better “Tonight, we took a monumental step forward as a …

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Tower crews in companies with over 100 employees could be exempt in OSHA’s new vaccine mandate rule

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Update: November 6, 2021 –  A federal appeals court in Louisiana has blocked President Biden’s latest COVID-19 vaccination mandate, giving the government until Monday afternoon to submit a response. An emergency stay, issued Saturday from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, prevents the White House from requiring all full and part-time workers at private-sector companies with …

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John S. Hanna Sr., industry pioneer and mentor to many, passes at 83

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John S. Hanna, Sr., 83, who along with his wife Louise established Tower & Communications Services, Inc. of Florence, SC in 1970, passed away on October 31, 2021, leaving the industry with fond memories of a man who dedicated his life to his family, friends and the many wireless workers who learned their craft from him and expanded their horizons with …

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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 …

Monica Vink to head Legacy Telecommunications’ marketing efforts to increase its brand strength

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Legacy Telecommunications, based out of Gig Harbor, WA, has announced the growth of their team with the addition of Monica Vink as Marketing Director. Vink’s role will focus on strategic goals and objectives related to marketing, branding, digital footprint, and social influence. She has over 10 years of experience in wireless infrastructure and has held various positions supporting the broadband and …

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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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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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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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North Carolina tower tech’s lies unravel quickly as he’s caught red-handed with T-Mobile site coax

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A well-known social media tower tech faces a half-dozen charges in Rowan County, NC after he allegedly removed transmission lines last Thursday from a 230-foot self-supporting tower to sell them for scrap, causing an outage for T-Mobile customers, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Douglas Corbett Lee, 43, of Fayetteville, NC was charged with two counts of felony larceny, …

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Day of remembrance includes American Tower subsidiary’s 13 employees who died on September 11

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As we mark the passage of two decades since the day that changed our lives forever, the pain will be revisited on this day of remembrance and prayer, especially for those at a tower company who knew many of those people in a sister company who died in the collapse of the twin towers on September 11, 2001. General Telecom, a subsidiary …

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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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Carriers spin their outages as 38% of Louisiana’s cell sites remain crippled

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The FCC reported yesterday evening that Hurricane Ida is still taking its toll on communications, although outages are down from Monday’s report. Louisiana was the hardest hit state with 38% of its sites down in the affected parishes yesterday. Although outages were previously at 52%, Assumption and Terrebonne Parishes are still at or near 100%. There were only 3 damaged cell …