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Sprint’s anticipated spending for 2016 takes a 40% haircut

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Sprint’s announcement that it is going to invest $3 billion in network expansion during fiscal 2016, which started for the carrier on April 1, 2016, is a sharp decline from fiscal 2015’s $5.4 billion which was already down $0.7 billion from 2014. Last year, Sprint indicated it would spend $15 billion over three years on network build-outs, financing some of …

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Alliance’s bankruptcy filing leaves contractors and suppliers with no recourse

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Cell site project management and construction company Alliance Management Services of Louisville, Ky. posted on their Facebook page last year that “2013 was practice, 2014 was the warm up and 2015 is game time”. But the company’s game plan proved to result in a failed opportunity and Alliance filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization with U.S. Bankruptcy Court or the …

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Eyes are on Sprint as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon provide favorable capex reports

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Although subscriber growth is a good indicator of a carrier’s favorable outlook by analysts, capex is the tailwind of wireless infrastructure providers, and this week’s news deflated the sails of a number of analysts who have speculated that carriers would cut their capex in early 2016. In his typical over the top presentation with a 360-degree camera, T-Mobile CEO John …

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Carriers agree upon network resiliency framework for disasters and emergencies

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Carriers today said they’re in agreement on how to facilitate information-sharing in an effort to improve network resiliency before, during and after natural disasters and emergencies. House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone and CTIA the Wireless Association released the “Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework” with the backing of AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp., T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon …

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Acceptance of drones in wireless work could begin with early broadcast ‘repacking’ efforts

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In 2013, when Amazon unveiled its daring drone plan to have unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provide commercial deliveries, Black & Veatch had already been investigating how drones could assist in reducing the number of times climbers would have to ascend a tower. At an FCC-OSHA workshop in 2014, John Johnson, Black & Veatch Vice President, ESH&S, said, “I know that …

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Vermont’s legislators asking the Feds to audit $116 million telecom project

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Vermont’s lawmakers are asking federal regulators to conduct an audit of a $116 million grant and loan provided to VTel Wireless, stating that the company has passed by many communities with the broadband service it was paid to provide in Vermont. With similar resolutions, the House on Thursday passed  H.R.19, and the Senate’s version was referred to the Finance Committee. …

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Contractors could benefit from Facebook’s Terragraph replacing fiber with low-cost, fast Wi-Fi

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If Facebook’s pilot program in San Jose, Calif. that’s slated to go live later this year successfully offers inexpensive IPv6-only nodes with WiGig chips on lamp posts, utility poles, and other street furniture and structures that will broadcast Internet using unlicensed 60GHz spectrum, it could prove to be a boon for many wireless industry contractors when carriers and internet service …

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NATE highlights its successful conference with the release of hundreds of photographs

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has provided over a half million descriptions of the tremendously successful conference and exhibition in New Orleans, La. last February with its release today of over 550  event photographs. Although NATE’s receptions and other networking events show a great amount of comradeship, the meetings, educational sessions …

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Canada’s Structure, Tower & Antenna Council’s inaugural event is a huge success

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The inaugural Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) 2016 Conference & Exposition in Toronto, Ontario kicked off yesterday at the International Plaza Hotel with a keynote address by Bernard Lord, President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, and according to attendees and exhibitors at the two-day event, it is proving to be a tremendous success. STAC is the only …

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Crown Castle emerges as number one in the U.S. with their TDC 336 tower deal

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Crown Castle International Corp.has announced that it acquired Tower Development Corporation (“TDC”) for approximately $461 million in cash.  TDC, a portfolio company of Berkshire Partners, owns and operates 336 towers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with an average tenancy of approximately two tenants per tower. The deal puts Crown Castle as the largest tower owner in the U.S., although …

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Wireless industry is now larger than the car manufacturing, hotel, movie and music industries

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CTIA released a report today it commissioned by Recon Analytics that found the U.S. wireless industry serves as an integral driver of America’s economy by annually generating more than $194.8 billion of domestic economic value and more than $282.1 billion in U.S. GDP. “The Wireless Industry: Revisiting Spectrum, The Essential Engine of US Economic Growth” report looks at how the industry …

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FAA to consider report on drones typically used by carriers and contractors

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The final Unmanned Aircraft Systems  (UAS) Aviation Rule-Making Committee (ARC) report was released to the public yesterday and will assist the telecommunications industry if the group’s recommendations on drones are accepted by the FAA. The Senate is seeking to create regulations for larger drones that could do commercial deliveries. The FAA Administrator, DOT Secretary, White House and Congress staffers have been briefed on the …

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Infrastructure’s role stressed to Illinois State Wireless Association members

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Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, delivered a keynote address at the Illinois State Wireless Association’s annual Education Luncheon today in suburban Chicago, stressing the important role wireless infrastructure plays in improving mobility for health care, education, public safety, agriculture, smart cities, and a host of other consumer and business products and services. PCIA is …

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For ATC India it’s 56,000 towers and corporate responsibility projects

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American Tower Corporation received approval from the Indian government yesterday to buy a 51% interest in Viom Networks, an independent mobile tower company in India, for $880 million. Establishing its presence in India in 2007, ATC India has approximately 14,000 towers in the country, but with the Viom deal it will take control of an additional 42,000 towers, putting its …

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Co-worker assists in tower tech’s rescue in Maryland

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Update: April 7, 2016 – “The employee in distress informed the other crew members that he was in need of assistance and the other crew members immediately began the process to assist him off of the facility,” Steven Weber of Network Building + Consulting (NB+C)  said in a statement to The Enterprise.  The worker was taken to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, …

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Verizon cell site opponent is convicted and opts for 18 months in jail

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City council meetings regarding cell tower siting approvals can be rather contentious, but an Astoria, Ore. hearing on a request by Verizon Wireless last June to move an aging communications tower ended up with a man attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of the mayor, and then he was arrested, and yesterday was convicted for refusing to leave City Hall. …

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FCC chief says spectrum auction could extend into fiscal year 2017

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler informed a Senate appropriations subcommittee yesterday morning that the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum may extend into 2017 if it doesn’t raise enough to pay broadcasters for the airwaves. The possibility of an extended timeframe is one reason why the FCC is requesting an additional $11 million in federal funds, Wheeler said during the hearing. …

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Structure, Tower and Antenna Council readies its first conference

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Over 200 industry personnel are expected to be in attendance at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto, Canada at the Structure, Tower and Antenna Council’s (STAC) inaugural conference on April 11-12. As the only national forum in Canada dedicated to discussing safety issues and best practices in the tower and antenna industry, the STAC 2016 Conference and Exhibition will bring …