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Towercos should consider a contribution instead of a pricey plaque

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Unlike phony ego-boosting vanity award scams and paid articles, Wireless Estimator’s Top 100 Tower Companies in the U.S. is the real deal. It’s a list of the industry’s top tower companies who have successfully built or acquired 10 or more macro towers. Their achievements are well known and applauded in a challenging environment. However, a Connecticut wall plaque company is …

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Dielectric enables near-field FAA waiver-free drone measurements to validate TV antenna performance

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Dielectric has launched a new engineering service that enables drone operators to fully and accurately characterize antenna azimuth and elevation performance without special waivers from the FAA. The service has been successfully beta-tested and is now in production at several broadcast tower sites. The new service is a response to a common dilemma facing drone operators: To fully characterize an …

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NWSA announces dates, locations for Fall 2020 Practical Examiner Accreditation workshops

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Tennessee and Utah Workshops to Provide Opportunity for Participants to Obtain NWSA Accreditation to Administer Field-Based Practical Exams  The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for the upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by Comstar and October 13-15, 2020 in …

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Immediate action required to inspect 3M PROTECTA Rebel self-retracting lifelines

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3M™ Fall Protection has identified a potential manufacturing issue with a limited number of 3M™ Protecta® Rebel Self-Retracting Lifelines (with galvanized or stainless-steel lifelines) produced between October 14, 2019 and February 25, 2020. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this issue. This manufacturing issue could result in the SRL not engaging properly but can be …

NATE welcomes Sara Goddard as marketing coordinator

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today announced the addition of Sara Goddard to the position of NATE Marketing Coordinator. Sara joins NATE with diverse skill sets that encompass years of experience in the non-profit and creative service arenas. Sara’s responsibilities with the Association will include oversight over social media, digital marketing and print media platforms; coordinating legislative and regulatory …

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FCC releases updated speed test app to gather data on cell carrier performance

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The Federal Communications Commission announced the release of an updated version of its FCC Speed Test app, continuing its commitment to ensure consumers have the tools and resources to evaluate how well their mobile broadband connections are performing. This app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, has been updated to work the with latest versions of the …

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Fire in the field, MTN cell tower thief gets 500 years, Peter Sandore splits from wireless

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Field fire kayos AM station, but only for hours Texas radio station KCTA, whose call sign means Know Christ The Answer, couldn’t find an immediate answer as to why their Corpus Christi 50 KW AM station went off the air last week. However, an Ionos Communications consultant quickly found that it was a field fire, luckily without brimstone, and technicians …

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House Ag representatives brace FCC Chairman Ajit Pai over Ligado L-band decision

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Today, U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), and James Comer (R-KY) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai questioning the Commission’s April 20, 2020 order granting Ligado’s application to deploy a terrestrial nationwide network to provide 5G services. The Commission unanimously approved Ligado’s plan despite strong opposition from the Pentagon and its supporters who say the company will harm global …

Surge in remote work propels network visibility and security to top concerns: VIAVI

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VIAVI Solutions Inc.  today released the results of its 13th annual State of the Network global study of enterprise networking and security challenges. The study shows that IT teams critically require better visibility into the network driven by a number of factors, including tremendous disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, relentless technological advances, remote working reaching an all-time high and the …

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NATE launches workforce sourcing Veteran Partnership Program

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The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced today the official launch of the Military of NATE Workforce Sourcing Veteran Partnership Program. The program was created by the recently established Military of NATE Ad-Hoc Committee as a new benefit to the Association’s member companies and seeks to provide employment opportunities to veterans to continue to address the immediate and long-term hiring needs …

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Free wireless rooftop deployment training course in Atlanta set for August 3

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NATE is offering a free Wireless Rooftop Deployment Training Course on Monday, August 3, 2020 at the Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia to all industry professionals, announced NATE project coordinator Kimberly Elliott. The course is made possible due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-05134-SH9) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. Applicants do not have to be …

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WIA announces new speakers with latest insights on 5G at Connect (X): All Access

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On Tuesday, June 23, the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) is launching new panel sessions with top 5G thought leaders as part of Connect (X): All Access – a free, virtual conference. “WIA is continuing to roll out panels with the latest 5G insights throughout the summer to serve the industry as our participants are planning ahead for their businesses at a challenging time. We tailored it with cutting-edge speakers that address the latest developments happening right now in our industry,” said …

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NATE unveils framework outlining workforce strategic plan initiative

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled a framework document outlining the key components of the organization’s workforce strategic plan initiative. The initiative is spearheaded by NATE’s workforce development consultant Gemma Frock, PhD. The Association’s workforce mission statement is to promote and expand telecommunications workforce development capabilities by facilitating collaborations and partnerships between NATE members, community agencies, and educational and …

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T-Mobile touts that it is the first with 5G in all 50 states

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T-Mobile  and GCI announced a historic partnership, immediately allowing T-Mobile customers with 5G smartphones to tap into 5G while roaming in Anchorage, Alaska, making T-Mobile the first and only wireless provider to offer 5G coverage in all 50 states. The new partnership also gives GCI customers roaming access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network, America’s largest, covering more than one million …

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Emergency lights are on at Willis Tower as broadcasters work on restoring signals

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Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, saw some glimmering lights early this morning after crews from ComEd activated the building’s emergency lighting system, which will allow them to turn back on power for the entire 110-floor building. The skyscraper had been closed for several days after torrential rain last weekend and Monday caused massive flooding throughout Chicago, …

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South Wireless Summit 2020 postponed to March 2021

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After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, the South Wireless Summit,  said they are are postponing the 9th Annual South Wireless Summit to March 2021. The event was scheduled to take place June 28 after the March 15 date was canceled due to the pandemic. “While it was not an easy decision, rescheduling the 1,000-attendee …

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Canadian private/public collaboration panel provides an excellent report to dispel 5G myths

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Out of Canada comes an outstanding piece that lays groundwork for public understanding of 5G and dispels myths surrounding it. For something of technical depth, it is entirely readable. It’s a collaboration of Canadian equipment suppliers, associations and multiple country agencies. The report notes that while 5G transmitters will require the creation of a large number of new base stations with …

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New digital safety, supply & rigging catalog available from Site Pro 1

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Valmont Site Pro 1 just launched their brand new 2020-2021 Safety, Supply and Rigging catalog in digital format, ready for immediate download. The catalog features brand new products from Petzl, Skylotec, 3M DBI, Elk River, Sterling and more. “With the release of our new 2nd edition catalog with the primary focus of safety supply and rigging we’ve become an even …

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WIA launches free registration for Connect (X): All Access, announces Small and Diverse Business Summit

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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) launched registration today for “Connect (X): All Access,” a free, global virtual conference on May 19 that is taking the place of WIA’s in-person, annual Connectivity Expo, or Connect (X). WIA today also announced that on May 20-21, Connect (X): All Access will convene the Small and Diverse Business Summit, which brings together small and …

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Kenwood Telecom remains open and ready to assist the wireless infrastructure industry

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A leading wireless manufacturer and supplier, Kenwood Telecom, headquartered in Acworth, Georgia, continues to follow CDC guidelines while allowing its operations to run smoothly and service the communications infrastructure community. “Your team here at Kenwood Telecom continues to follow the coronavirus developments with deep care and concern. We take our civic responsibility to continue following the CDC’s suggested practices very …