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NATE receives DOL grant for nationwide wireless rooftop deployment training

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor – OSHA to receive a $160,000 Susan Harwood Targeted Topic Training Grant for the 2019-2020 program year. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. Awards are issued annually based on Congressional appropriation. …

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T-Mobile stops paying its contractors, keeping its market managers in the dark

In Featured News by Charlie T - Admin

Commentary In late August, Wireless Estimator broke the story that T-Mobile had pulled many of their contractors’ purchase orders and would not be providing any additional fourth quarter builds throughout the nation, forcing wireless contractors to assess their financial position in order to maintain the additional crews that they staffed early in the year to meet T-Mobile’s promised projects. It’s …

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U.S. pales in comparison to India’s unauthorized tower climbers

In Featured News by Craig Lekutis

Since Americans are largely exposed to national headlines when an unauthorized person climbs a cell or broadcast tower and has to be talked down, there might be a perception that the U.S.’s towers are fertile ground for unbalanced individuals doing a high steel balancing act. Such was the case in Orlando, Fla. yesterday when a reportedly disturbed man climbed to the …

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Starks rips into Huawei, stating that a ‘rip and replace’ equipment program could cost $1 billion

In Featured News by Craig Lekutis

In an address to attendees of the Competitive Carriers Association’s convention in Providence, Rhode Island yesterday, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said he’s focused on communications network security and slammed Chinese manufacturer Huawei, stating they pose a national security risk. His message was of great interest to the regional operators in the audience, many of them who have the suspect gear …

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OSHA’s elevates Scott Ketcham to Directorate of Construction

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The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Directorate of Construction (DOC) in Washington, D.C. Ketcham had served as deputy director of DOC since February 2017 following the passing of DOC Dean McKenzie. Prior to coming to OSHA’s national office, Ketcham worked for 19 years as an …

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Six drones capture picture-perfect Virginia 540-foot guyed tower drop

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Typically shaky cell-phone videos of communication tower demolitions were bested by six drones Saturday morning when a crew from Electronics Research Inc. (ERI) felled a 540-foot guyed tower in Norfolk, Virg. Once the guy wires were cut, the bottom third of the tower built in the mid-1970s hit the ground and the rest fell within a radius of 200 feet. …

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Journal retracts paper alleging RF dangers coverup; author says ‘Big Wireless’ made them do it

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Magnetochemistry, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, retracted an article they published on May 5, 2019 from a controversial New Zealand researcher who believes that scientists are suppressing evidence that people are being harmed by radiofrequency radiation. Susan Pockett, a psychologist at the University of Auckland in her paper titled  “Conflicts of interest and misleading statements in official reports about the …

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

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The pain of the world will be revisited each year 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 of American Tower Corporation, with headquarters on the 83rd …

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BTC, Aliv battling to bring back cell phone coverage in the Bahamas

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Bahama Telephone Company (BTC) and new entrant Aliv are sparing no effort to restore service to their networks after Dorian, a category 5 Hurricane that had gusts of 200 mph devastated many parts of the Bahamas. As of this afternoon the death toll has reached 50. BTC’s cell services in many areas of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Berry Islands and Bimini …

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Crown asks court to rule on California county’s unlawful node application fees

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Crown Castle Fiber LLC, in a U.S. District Court of Western California filing, is requesting that the court restrict Santa Barbara County, California from charging unlawful, unreasonable and excessive fees in order to deploy wireless infrastructure within the county’s rights-of-way. Crown said the county is putting it  in the untenable position of having to pay fees in excess of what …

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Heat-exhausted Texas tech is rescued from monopole by firefighters

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  UPDATE: September 9, 2019 – According to individuals knowledgeable of Friday’s incident in Katy, Texas where a tower tech was rescued by firefighters, the technician at first thought that he was having a heart attack and firefighters immediately arrived at the scene following a 911 call. The tech was checked out at the local hospital for heat exhaustion and …

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Canadian climber succumbs from injuries received in an August 16 fall

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Services were held Tuesday for a 22-year-old tower tech, Maxime Asselin, who passed away on August 26, 2019 after suffering serious injuries from a fall off of a monopole in Candiac, Quebec on August 16, 2019. Asselin is survived by his wife Elodie Julien, his parents Josée Langelier and Marco Asselin, his brothers and their spouses Jean-François Asselin (Cindy), Francis …

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Climbing Commissioner Carr puts boots on the steel again in South Dakota

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Last month, South Dakota picked up a monumental $705.5 million out of the FCC’s $5 billion rural broadband funding. And yesterday, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr was in the state getting an elevated view as to how those funds will benefit rural America. Carr climbed to the 100-foot level of a 330-foot guyed tower in Mitchell to view first-hand the installation …

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South Carolina’s cell sites getting walloped by Hurricane Dorian

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Florida was spared Hurricane Dorian’s wrath Wednesday with the FCC identifying that of the affected counties that total 9,711 cell sites, there were only 13 outages, 3 that were damaged, 9 out due to transport problems, typically issues with wireline networks that route traffic to and from cell sites, and only 1 out of service due to a power outage. …

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NATE co-founder and former Chairman Snyder testifies at U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearing

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NATE Co-Founder and Former Chairman Craig Snyder, CEO at Vikor Teleconstruction, provided expert witness testimony at today’s U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet hearing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The hearing, “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation”, was convened by U.S. Senator John Thune, R-SD, who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee. During …

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Louisiana tower tech passes after sustaining serious injuries from a July fall

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Services have been announced for Devon Cornelius Masico Smith, a 35-year-old Tower Tech ll for Midwest Underground Technology, Inc., who passed away August 31, 2019 after succumbing from critical injuries he received when he fell from a 390-foot Kansas City Power & Light-owned guy tower near Warrensburg, Missouri on July 30, 2019. Smith was the seventh wireless infrastructure worker in …

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American Tower stock spikes following AT&T lease deal and its Grain 400 tower buy

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In a post Labor Day down day on Wall Street with the DOW losing over 340 points at noon, American Tower Corp.’s (ATC) stock was up $6.70 largely based upon an announcement that the towerco has signed a new long-term agreement  with AT&T. In a separate statement, Grain Management announced that they have completed the sale of their nationwide wireless …

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Three tower techs in Germany die after their man basket failed at 164 feet

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Three tower technicians were killed this morning in Germany when the man basket they were working from broke loose from a TV broadcast tower at the 164-foot level, throwing them to their death. According to multiple news reports, they had been working on the mast approximately 18 miles southeast of Kassel in the Hoher Meissner hills when the accident occurred. …

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Hurricane Dorian still in a gray area of where it will strike Florida this weekend

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It’s still unknown where the potential landfall will be for Hurricane Dorian in Florida,  a possible Category 4 major hurricane with wind speeds beginning at 130 mph. For the past two days, projections have changed from it hitting Cape Canaveral to this morning’s 5:00 A.M. NOOA model showing West Palm Beach, approximately 125 miles south, as being in its crosshairs. Early …