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  • Bill Promotes Workforce Development within FCC

    June 13, 2019—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Yvette Clarke (D-NY) are expected to introduce a bill establishing the Telecommunications Workforce Development Advisory Council with the FCC to facilitate the participation in industry specific workforce development programs and identify ways to improve workforce development in the communications industry. In particular, The ‘‘Telecommunications Opportunities ... Continue »
  • U.S. Reps Ask DoL to Promote 5G Workforce

    June 13, 2019—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    Energy & Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chair Doris Matsui (California) and Congressman Brett Guthrie (Kentucky), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Spectrum Caucus, have sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DoL) urging Secretary Alexander Acosta support the workforce in deploying next gen wireless networks, such as 5G. “As we ... Continue »
  • Boom Times in the Tower Industry Lead to Worker Shortages

    June 13, 2019—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    The biggest challenge facing the tower industry today is having enough workers to keep up with the work involved with 4G, and now 5G, deployments. That is what Rick Suarez, group president of MasTec Network Solutions, said at the Connectivity Expo in Orlando last month. “We have 680 tower crews in ... Continue »
  • Next Gen Handheld Microwave Analyzer From Keysight Technologies

    June 13, 2019— Keysight Technologies has announced the next generation of the company’s multi-purpose, handheld microwave analyzer, the FieldFox B-series, which delivers measurement precision and bandwidth up to 100 MHz for wide-band, real-time spectrum analysis to enable 5G testing in the field. Accurate microwave measurements are becoming increasingly necessary in harsh and hard-to-reach environments spanning ... Continue »
  • Cooler Heads in Washington Address Huawei Fears

    June 13, 2019—
    By Ernest Worthman, AWT Executive Editor and IEEE Senior Member
    Perspective Has Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought gone off the deep end? Does he realize he is committing blasphemy in this political environment? As predictable as it is to expect the president to fire anybody who disagrees with him, I am waiting to see how long ... Continue »
  • NWSA Announces Summer Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshop in Arkansas

    June 12, 2019— Workshop 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 Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshop scheduled for July 30 – August 1, 2019 in ... Continue »
  • Lawsuit Filed by States Could be Death Knell for Sprint/T-Mo Merger

    June 11, 2019— T-Mobile and Sprint, which have been busy trying to convince the FCC and the Department of Justice to approve their merger, may have another dilemma in lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of 10 states, according to Reuters, which interviewed three sources familiar with the matter. The lawsuit is reportedly being ... Continue »
  • NATE Unveils Small Cell Deployment #ClimberConnection Video

    June 11, 2019— Video Provides Technician’s Perspective on the Safety and Quality Considerations Associated with Next Generation Technology Installation and Maintenance Practices (New Orleans, Louisiana) – NATE today released a video entitled “Small Cells: Here, There and Everywhere” designed to showcase the prominent role next generation technologies and the Association’s member companies are playing ... Continue »

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