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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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  • The Cloud is for Real

    das-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
  • Unexpected Players Flow into Small Cell Space

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman – August 12, 2014 – Google says it doesn’t want to be an operator, but somehow they are right there in the trenches. No matter what they say, they have been quietly investing in wireless technologies for some time now. It seems that their ultimate goal is to ... • Continue
  • Big Data: Coming to a Small Cell Near You

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman August 11, 2014 – Big data is set to play a much more centralized role in mobile networks, and coming to small cells near you. Big data will be relevant to wireless segments such as service assurance, customer experience management, mobile marketing, location-based services and more — all ... • Continue
  • Carriers Show Interest in 3.5 GHz Band

    das-post-image-defaultBy Ernest Worthman August 12, 2014 – Verizon Communications has stepped up to the plate in supporting FCC plans to open up the 3.5 GHz band for small cell and unlicensed services. It has filed applications with the FCC to conduct field trials, via spectrum-sharing technology, in the 3550-3650 MHz band. The ... • Continue
  • BlueStream Rolls Up Tempest’s DAS, Small Cell Services

    das-post-image-defaultBy J. Sharpe Smith – August 13, 2014 – BlueStream Professional Services, which provides planning, implementation and maintenance services for wireless, wireline and data center networks, has purchased assets of Tempest Telecom Solutions’ DAS and Small Cell Division, further enhancing the scale and capabilities of its wireless services. Terms of the ... • Continue