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.
NATE debuted a video entitled “Rooftop Safety: Don’t be Complacent” in order to shine a spotlight on the specific hazards, guidelines and best practices associated with wireless rooftop deployment activities at the AGL DC Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, last week.
The video provides valuable rooftop deployment safety information such as the hierarchy of fall prevention controls, RF hazard identification, ladder utilization and edge negotiation. The video also includes an interview with an experienced wireless technician who provides his perspective and tips for conducting rooftop work in a safe and efficient manner.
“This #ClimberConnection video is a must watch for all workers, employers and stakeholders in the industry in order to ensure that rooftop installation and maintenance activities are performed safely,” said NATE Wireless Industry Network California State Liaison Corey Messer from Pacific Safety Solutions LLC. “As an industry trainer based out of heavily populated Southern California, I know first-hand both the prominent role rooftop sites are playing to densify networks and the unique hazards associated with these type of sites,” added Messer.
Click HERE to watch the Wireless Rooftop Deployment video. NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments on the video through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Climber Connection Volume 4 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s workforce.
NATE Co-Founder and Former Chairman Craig Snyder, CEO of VIKOR Teleconstruction, provided expert witness testimony at today’s U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet hearing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The hearing, “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation”, was convened by U.S. Senator John Thune, R-SD, who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee.
During his remarks, Snyder provided his perspective on the current efforts of the industry to deploy broadband to rural and underserved areas, discussed the powerful economic impact of 5G technology and highlighted the prominent role that wireless infrastructure contractors and the technician workforce play in the efforts to connect America.
As part of his witness testimony, Snyder also discussed support for H.R. 1848 – The Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 legislation that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and encouraged Sen. Thune and his colleagues to introduce a companion version of the bill in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would establish a competitive grant program at the FCC and appropriate $20 million per year for three fiscal years to develop classroom and field-based curriculum and certificate programs at community colleges, technical institutes and military organizations. Visit HERE to read Craig Snyder’s official witness testimony in its entirety.
Kyle Petty will deliver the keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. NATE UNITE 2020 will take place February 17-20, 2020 at the Raleigh Convention Center. NATE UNITE is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive education event in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries. Petty is scheduled to speak during the NATE UNITE 2020 Keynote Luncheon on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Kyle Petty is an auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy and one of the most popular personalities in all of sports. Petty, a member of NASCAR’s most famous family, has been named or nominated by NASCAR, plus various media outlets and corporations, as Person of the Year, Father of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the USA’s Most Caring Athlete. He is an inductee in the Philanthropy Hall of Fame, the Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Little League Hall of Excellence.
“North Carolina is in the heart of NASCAR Country and so it is only fitting that Kyle Petty deliver a keynote address at NATE UNITE 2020,” said NATE’s Trade Show Committee Chairwoman Amanda Stegall of Gulfport, Mississippi. “Kyle is a dynamic, inspirational speaker whose message will be very well received by the conference attendees,” added Stegall.
“Kyle Petty will be a great headliner at NATE UNITE 2020 and joins a long list of distinguished keynote speakers the Association has attracted at our conferences through the years,” stated NATE Events Coordinator Shari Wirkus. “Mr. Petty’s keynote speaker appearance is the icing on the cake of what is shaping up to be an incredible NATE UNITE 2020 line-up of speakers, sessions, luncheons and networking receptions that we have in store for the industry,” added Wirkus.
Companies interested in NATE UNITE 2020 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are encouraged to visit HERE. Individuals attending NATE UNITE 2020 who are interested in participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational powered by NATE’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) are encouraged to register. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.
We are excited to give Women of NATE a voice in our new publication Women of NATE Today. This will be published monthly online on the NATE website (look for the WON tab), and emailed directly to you! We look forward to sending you useful information on safety, health, employee development, motivation, profiles of amazing women in our industry, inspirational stories, educational resources, our Mentorship Program, and a calendar of upcoming events.
WON’s mission is to foster an exchange of ideas and expertise in all areas of our industry, so we hope that you will participate in making this a go-to for information and support. If you would like to be profiled in an upcoming issue, or want to nominate someone who should be, have articles about improving position skills, or work for a great company that supports women in tech, please email WON Committee Liaison Rebekah Hauber at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Andy Page Lee is the Women of NATE (WON) Committee Chairwoman and the Vice President of Operations for Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. in Springtown, Pennsylvania.
If you would like to be profiled in an upcoming issue; nominate someone who should be featured; submit articles about improving position skills; or, work for a great company that supports women in tech; please email WON Committee Liaison Rebekah Hauber at email@example.com for consideration.