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NATE’s survey initiates conversations to fix troubling compliance company concerns

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled the results of the Association’s 3rd Party Compliance Company Experience Survey. NATE conducted the survey in May of 2020 in order to assist the Association in identifying many of the onboarding “pain points” and assess the impact these practices have on member contractor firms. Over the course of the month, 205 NATE …

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Complī takes on industry giant Avetta to provide a risk management compliance alternative

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World-wide vendor management leader Avetta which appears to have the oil and gas and other industries locked up now has a formidable competitor in wireless, Complī, a platform available from ABIS Solutions, a leading technology firm that has made inroads with NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA). Introducing the company’s qualification and compliance software …

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Video challenges industry to look at suspension trauma response from a new perspective

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today released a video on the topic of suspension trauma. The video is the third to debut in Volume 5 of the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection series. The video includes important information that all tower technicians, trainers and first responder personnel need to know regarding how to respond effectively to a suspension trauma situation at …

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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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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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NATE reaches a record high membership of 1,000 companies

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced today that it has established a new all-time record for member companies, reaching the 1,000 member mark for the first time in the organization’s 25-year history. Oddville Communications, Inc., a Cynthiana, Kentucky-based company, has the special distinction of becoming the 1,000th NATE member company. “Reaching the 1,000 member mark is incredibly gratifying and …

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Wireless workers asked to be vigilant Saturday due to possible attacks against infrastructure

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Some activist groups have declared Saturday, June 6, 2020 as Global 5G Protest Day, resulting in associations and carriers as well as contractors warning the industry to be extra vigilant to ensure worker safety and protect the nation’s infrastructure. One key contractor is warning the industry to not take the situation “lightly”. Ericsson, in an “abundance of caution” to ensure the …

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FCC Commissioner Carr announces order to upgrade wireless infrastructure, reduce bottlenecks

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Yesterday at the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) free, virtual conference, Connect (X): All Access, Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Brendan Carr announced the FCC’s plans to clarify its rules to promote network upgrades on existing towers and other wireless sites. His comments are available here. The ruling will address state and local approval of wireless equipment modifications and clarify the definition of “substantial change”. …

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NATE sets aside May 6 for the nation to appreciate and thank tower technicians

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association unveiled a commemoration declaring Wednesday, May 6, 2020 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. For the fourth consecutive year, a day has been set aside by NATE in order to pay tribute to the important work that communications infrastructure technicians conduct on a daily basis to enable a mobile society. “NATE is excited to declare Wednesday, …

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NATE releases wire rope safety climb document, announces Jeremy Buckles as SEMC’s Chairman

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  NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today released the Safety Equipment Manufacturers Committee (SEMC) Guide for Wire Rope Safety Climbs on Antenna Supporting Structures – 2020 consensus document. This 15-page, manufacturer consensus document is intended to address use of a wire rope safety climb/system in the telecommunications industry. This resource is only intended to apply to structures that are …

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FCC moves closer to creating a $9 billion rural 5G fund a reality, contractors to benefit

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The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on establishing the 5G Fund for Rural America. 5G represents the next leap in mobile wireless technology, bringing significantly increased speeds, reduced latency, and better security than 4G LTE networks, and enabling cutting-edge applications and technologies benefitting consumers, businesses, precision agriculture, education, and healthcare. A FCC staff report on …

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Dr. Frock to lead NATE’s workforce development initiatives

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association announced that the organization has entered into a professional consulting services agreement with Gemma Frock, PhD from GKF Consulting Services. In her consulting role, Dr. Frock will be tasked with implementing the year one objectives outlined in the Telecommunications Industry Workforce Strategic Plan which she drafted on behalf of NATE. Her focus will include meeting …

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NATE shows raptors on towers a danger to techs in newly released “Birds of Prey” video

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today released a video titled “Birds of Prey” focused on the topic of raptors nesting on communication towers. The video is the second to debut in Volume 5 of the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection series. The video, released to coincide with bird nesting season in many parts of the United States, includes important information that …

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Contractors not being compensated for added expenses during pandemic

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  Commentary – Craig Lekutis, Editor After an overview was published last week, of how the COVID-19 virus was affecting wireless infrastructure work conditions, dozens of updates were received by Wireless Estimator by the nation’s contractors with a key concern being their inability to obtain N95 masks, hand sanitizers and other PPE supplies. Also, the subjective slowdown in work averaged around 30% …

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NATE’s contractor COVID-19 Impact Survey provides an excellent snapshot of concerns

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NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today unveiled the results of the Association’s Member COVID-19 Impact Survey. The survey provides some interesting details such as 24% of their members stating that they pulled tower crews from the field. The survey, conducted over a six day period from Friday, March 27 to Wednesday, April 1, 2020, included responses from 224 member …

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NATE webinar will help contractors understand CARES Act as they navigate troubled financial waters

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Wireless contractors and other infrastructure businesses scrambling to determine how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act applies to them will welcome a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to be presented by NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association with Brian Gramm, a prominent small business consultant from Seemore Hawk. This important webinar …

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Even if you don’t climb, safety sleeve testing report is a must read

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The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today officially released the NATE Safety Sleeve Testing Final Report. This in-depth, 62-page white paper describes the overall scope, methodology and results from the NATE sponsored Safety Sleeve Testing events that were performed at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) in Dayton, Ohio in 2018 and 2019. If you’re knowledgeable about the “Sunflower Effect” …

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NATE’s legal eagles address ever-changing COVID-19 regulations impacting employers/workers

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A live NATE webinar this morning presented by attorneys Edwin Foulke, Jr. and Howard Mavity, partners in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, enabled almost 200 registrants to obtain the latest information regarding the serious issues facing all employers and employees stemming from COVID-19. But as both attorneys acknowledged, the most recent information could be outdated as fluid …

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NATE develops a COVID-19 Resource Portal

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In an effort to keep NATE member companies informed on the fluid situation involving the COVID-19 public health pandemic, the Association has compiled and developed a central portal consisting of key resources and updates from government agencies, Congress, and other applicable organizations. NATE encourages member companies to become familiar with the organizations, guidelines and information included below in order to …