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  • Windstream’s REIT Plan Produces Buzz, Backlash

    agl-post-image-defaultThe announcement that Windstream has been cleared by the IRS to spin off its telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) has created a tremendous buzz, as well as some backlash. The transaction will allow the REIT, which will own Windstream’s existing fiber and copper ... • Continue
  • Fines Vary Wildly for Tower Industry Companies Cited by OSHA

    agl-post-image-defaultBy J. Sharpe Smith – August 20 2014 – OSHA has handed down contrasting fines on two incidents. In one where three were killed, the fine was $14,000, while another incident where no one was hurt the fine was $52,000. The difference? The latter was cited for a “willful” violation, which ... • Continue
  • Court Raises Bar for Least-Intrusive Means Test

    agl-post-image-defaultBy J. Sharpe Smith – August 19, 2014 – The U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit upheld most of the district court’s summary judgment against American Tower in its lawsuit with the City of San Diego for rejecting its conditional-use permit requests for three existing towers in San Diego. In California, ... • Continue
  • FCC Harmonizes Tower Lighting Regs with FAA

    agl-post-image-defaultBy J. Sharpe Smith – August 19, 2014 – The FCC has streamlined its Part 17 rules governing the construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures in an attempt to reduce regulatory burdens and enhance compliance, while still preventing antenna structure from being hazards to air navigation, according to a Report ... • Continue
  • Man Painting Tower Dies in Fall

    agl-post-image-defaultAugust 18, 2014 – A tower worker died Aug. 10 after falling from a communications tower in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. It is the ninth tower fatality of 2014, compared with 13 last year, according to Wireless Estimator. Thomas Lucas, 49 was painting the tower when he fell 80-90 feet, according ... • Continue

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  • Worldwide Spectrum – Time to Share

    small-cell-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman – August 28, 2014 — New models of spectrum management are being proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Among the recommendations the organization puts forth is to persuade various license holders to share their spectrum for unlicensed applications. One of those recommendations is to hold ... • Continue
  • Opinion: Voice Over Wi-Fi Easier Said than Done

    small-cell-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman – August 28, 2014 — Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming, or has become, depending upon who you hear it from, the de facto data platform for smart devices. The latest statistics show that Wi-Fi accounts for more than two-thirds of the average user’s data network. Does that mean Wi-Fi ... • Continue
  • LTE to Vault up to 5-Gig Band

    small-cell-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman – August 28, 2014 — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, which can always be counted on to be at the edge of the envelope, has demonstrated that LTE can work in the 5-GHz band. Typically, that band is used for LAN networking. DoCoMo and Huawei have been working on Licensed-Assisted Access ... • Continue
  • Big Data – It Just Keeps Getting Bigger

    small-cell-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman – August 28, 2014 — It turns out that big data is connected to just about everything out there. According to icrunchdata, jobs in the big data segment hit 500,000 and climbing. The company produces the Big Data Jobs Index, which monitors online job posting within the segment. ... • Continue
  • The Cloud is for Real

    small-cell-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman – August 13, 2014 – While it is easy to read all the media coverage of cloud computing and dismiss it as vendor marketing hype, the cloud is here, now, according to the Harvard Business Review. “It’s true that there’s a lot of noise and hyperbole. But this ... • Continue