NATE applauded U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and members of the Senate Commerce Committee on yesterday’s markup and passage of the Tower Infrastructure Deployment Act out of committee.
“Workforce Development is a top priority for NATE and with every step this legislation takes through the process, the more visibility our industry’s unique workforce needs and challenges will receive from lawmakers,” Todd Schlekeway, NATE executive director, said in a prepared statement. “The Association is hopeful that members of Congress will continue to prioritize and package together industry workforce development legislation, including NATE’s top priority, the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019.”
The Tower Infrastructure Deployment Act was introduced in the House last June by U.S. Reps Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) in order to help develop a new pipeline of skilled technician workers that are essential in maintaining the country’s position as the global leader in 5G.
“As the telecom industry deploys next generation technologies, there are tens of thousands of good-paying, highly-skilled jobs but nobody to fill them. Developing a skilled workforce needs to be a top priority,” said Congressman Walberg. “By streamlining workforce development programs and promoting industry collaboration, we can free up resources for greater broadband deployment instead of recreating the same curriculum across the country.”
Sens. Gardner (R-Colo.) and Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.) then introduced the Tower Infrastructure Deployment Act in the Senate early in August.