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  • Verizon, Ericsson Test Wireless 5G Backhaul

    July 9, 2020—
    By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor
    Fiber optics are one of keys to the data speeds next generation wireless, and Verizon has spent billions of dollars on it. Even though it said is not turning its back on the technology, using spectrum for backhaul to accelerate deployment of 5G networks is now seen as a way ... Continue »
  • NATE Launches Workforce Sourcing Veteran Partnership Program

    July 9, 2020— New Association Member Benefit Coincides with Establishment of Military of NATE Ad-Hoc Committee; Expands Pool of NATE Member Hiring Partners ​ NATE: 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 ... Continue »
  • NWSA to Develop Spanish Language Telecommunication Tower Technician Assessments

    July 9, 2020— Working Group of Subject Matter Experts to Begin Translation of TTT-1 and TTT-2 Trade Certification Testing The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved proceeding with the Spanish language translation of assessment tests for the Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician ... Continue »
  • U.S. to Evaluate Chinese Communications Technology Used Abroad

    July 9, 2020—
    By Don Bishop, executive editor, assistant publisher, AGL Magazine
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. government wants to ensure that the Chinese Communist Party does not have a way to easily access U.S. citizens’ data. “We are now evaluating each instance where we believe that U.S. citizens’ data that they have on their phones or in their ... Continue »
  • Dissecting Government Contact Tracing – Part 2: Societal Costs

    July 9, 2020—
    By Ernest Worthman, Executive Editor, AWT magazine, Senior Member, IEEE
    Ern’s Perspective In part one of this series, I discussed the practicality of contact tracing. However, the way contact tracing is presently being implemented renders it largely ineffectual. Not that it does not have potential, it does. But, it is just not sufficiently precise. Therefore, throwing money at it, at this ... Continue »
  • Communications Industry Changes May Have Tax Implications

    July 8, 2020—
    By Steve Lacoff, Avalara
    When you take a moment to consider everything that is changed in recent years, it is astounding to think just how drastically the communications industry has been reshaped. From the slow death of wireline to fast-fading traditional voice services, numerous transitions have led to a landscape that looks remarkably different than ... Continue »
  • FCC Declares Huawei, ZTE National Security Threat

    July 7, 2020—
    By Don Bishop, executive editor, assistant publisher, AGL Magazine
    The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released two similar orders on June 30 intended to protect America’s communications networks and the communications supply chain from the national security threat posed by ZTE Corporation (ZTE) and by Huawei Technologies Company (Huawei). According to the orders, effective immediately, money from ... Continue »