NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today released a breath-taking video focused on the topic of Helicopter Lifts as the first to debut in Volume 5 of the Association’s critically acclaimed Climber Connection series. The video made its original debut at last week’s NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The video shines a spotlight on the prominent role helicopters are playing with the tall tower, broadcast repack transition activities that are taking place in the United States. The fast-paced video provides epic footage of a helicopter lifting heavy antennas and related-equipment to the top of a broadcast tower in Jacksonville, Florida. The video also highlights the meticulous coordination that takes place between the tower crew and helicopter crew that must be followed in order to ensure this type of work is performed safely and efficiently.
“This video is incredible in that it peels back the curtain and allows for a glimpse into the complex, technical and coordinated nature of the broadcast repack work going on right now in the United States,” said NATE Board of Directors member John Paul Jones who is prominently featured in the video. “Utilizing helicopters for this type of work allows for the quick moving and lifting of heavy equipment and also can enhance the safety of the work,” added Jones.
Click HERE to watch the Helicopter Lifts Video. NATE encourages tower technicians and all communications infrastructure stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection.
Among Christy Hall’s best skills are the ability to continue learning, multitask and build teams. As a Women of NATE member, she coordinates the organization’s mentorship program.
Christy Hall has been a member of the Texoma Contracting team since 2012. Prior to coming to Texoma Contracting, she worked for an airline and an information technology company. Although those were vastly different industries, Christy’s passion and focus on managing and delivering quality projects, building effective teams, providing outstanding service and exceeding customer’s expectations remains the same.
Hall is an active member of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), currently serving as the Women of NATE Mentorship Program coordinator and a WON Committee member, the Oklahoma Liaison for the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) and is a member of NATE’s Trade Show Committee. She is excited about the growth of and enthusiasm for WON. She looks forward to working with the women and men of NATE to strengthen WON’s grassroots movement to propel and provide more opportunities for more women to flourish in the industry.
Hall enjoys spending her leisure time at the gym and at home watching HGTV and college sports. Go Pokes!
What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?
The desire to continue learning. Ability to multitask. Team-building.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
There is a solution to every problem.
What is a goal that you want to accomplish in the next year?
I would like to be certified to climb. And then climb to 20 feet. I’m afraid of heights.
What are you happiest doing, when you are not working?
The gym is my happy place. I enjoy spending time at home. And anyone who knows me, knows that I like to unwind with a glass of wine.
What is your favorite line from a film?
You’ve Got Mail is my favorite movie. And I love the line, “I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings. It reminds me that life is about the relationships you build and choosing little moments over big things.
What are some causes that you care about?
My church is very involved in community outreach. So I volunteer when I can. I also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. And because I have a family member with Alzheimer’s, I participate in their annual walk to raise money for research.
What job would you do if you didn’t have to make money?
Every day is a gift.
What is the best place that you have ever traveled to and why?
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I actually traveled there for a six-month work assignment. I loved the vibe, the people, the weather. I learned to ski. And developed some lasting friendships.
What is your proudest moment at Texoma?
Becoming an officer. But I’m also super-proud for Texoma when we receive compliments from our customers.
Source: National Association of Tower Erectors.
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.