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Therese O’Brien Receives Chairman’s Coin Award at NATE Unite

Tessco Technologies

Therese O’Brien receives the Chairman’s Coin Award from former NATE Chairman Jim Tracy. Photo by Don Bishop

At the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) convention, NATE Unite, Therese O’Brien received the membership organization’s Chairman’s Coin recognizing her contributions to the wireless industry and NATE. O’Brien, a national account executive with Tessco Technologies, received the award at a luncheon on Feb. 6. Each year, the chairman of the NATE board of directors selects individuals who have shown excellent dedication and service to the mission of NATE and to encourage continued involvement.

“We are extremely pleased to see Therese recognized by NATE for her tireless work on behalf the organization and the industry,” said Charles Kriete, Tessco senior vice president of commercial sales, product marketing and supply chain. “It’s a testament to her dedication beyond Tessco, to the wireless industry as a whole, and we couldn’t be prouder to have her as a part of the Tessco team.”

Former NATE Chairman Jim Tracy, who presented the award to O’Brien, said: “Therese is always there, always working, never stopping. She is a wonderful Tessco example of service above self.”

O’Brien’s involvement with NATE spans the organization’s entire history, as she attended the first-ever NATE Conference and Expo. She served on the NATE Trade Show Committee for 13 years and serves on the NATE Member Services Committee, along with her role as the Atlantic Coast regional ambassador for the NATE Wireless Industry Network and as a member of Women of NATE.

NATE Members Advocate for Industry Priorities During Inaugural Congressional Fly-In Event on Capitol Hill

More than 70 representatives from NATE member companies converged in Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the Association’s inaugural Congressional Fly-In event on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, May 15, NATE members demonstrated their grassroots prowess by participating in approximately 130 individual meetings with Members of Congress and their respective policy staff.

During the meetings, NATE members advocated for the industry’s priorities such as workforce development, rural broadband, spectrum access, tower safety and reducing regulations on small businesses. To read the 2019 NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Legislative & Regulatory Briefing Paper, click HERE.

NATE thanks our member participants, industry coalition partners, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and Congressional Staff for helping make the inaugural Fly-In event a success.


NATE News Bulletin Video Promotes Jobs Training Legislation

By The Editors of AGL

Video Unveiled to Coincide with Inaugural NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Event in Washington, D.C.; Highlights Workforce Development as a Top Industry Priority

NATE has released a News Bulletin video designed to promote the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 workforce development legislation that has been introduced in the 116thCongress. The video’s debut coincides with the start of the inaugural NATE Member Congressional Fly-In event which is taking place this week in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with Infrastructure Week 2019.

The bi-partisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) from Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, amends the Communications Act of 1934 to provide funding for job training to enhance communications tower service. Specifically, the bill would direct the Federal Communications Commission to carry out a grant program to make grants to community colleges, post-secondary vocational and technical schools and any organization that provides career and technical education to veterans to establish or expand job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance. The legislation would authorize $20 million per year for the next three fiscal years.

The informative video includes participant testimonials from an event NATE and Crown Castle hosted with Congressman Loebsack at a communications tower-site in LeClaire, Iowa. During the event, Loebsack participated in a tour of the site and received information on the network equipment that is installed on the tower. The Congressman also visited with employers and technicians about the workforce development challenges currently confronting the industry.

“NATE enthusiastically endorses the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 bill as a means to develop a future pipeline of workers who are trained to possess the diverse skill-sets necessary to deploy the world-class, next generation networks and infrastructure in the wireless, broadcast, public safety and utility sectors,” said Christy Hall from Texoma Contracting, Inc. in Muskogee, Oklahoma. “Obtaining a funding mechanism to develop these industry-specific programs at the community college, vocational institute and military transition levels would really move the needle from a workforce standpoint. NATE’s nationwide footprint consisting of over 880 member companies can have a major impact at the grassroots level to garner support and we are committed to getting this legislation across the goal line and signed into law,” added Hall, who is a constituent of Congressman Mullin.

Visit HERE to watch the NATE News Bulletin video. The Association’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) is encouraging all companies, workers and stakeholders in the industry to contact their respective Members of Congress to urge support for the bill. U.S. Representatives can be located and contacted HERE and U.S. Senators can be identified and contacted HERE.

To read the full text of H.R. 1848 – Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019, click HERE. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.

NATE Commemoration Declares May 8, 2019 Tower Technician Appreciation Day

NATE unveiled a commemoration declaring Wednesday, May 8, 2019 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. It is the third consecutive year that a day has been set aside by NATE to coincide with OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down Week in order to pay tribute to the important work that tower technicians conduct on a daily basis to enable a mobile society.

“NATE is excited to declare Wednesday, May 8, 2019 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day in order to honor the men and women who make mobility possible by connecting American citizens, businesses and industries,” said NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “Today’s technicians are the industry’s most precious resource and possess diverse skill-sets that enable them to work at elevation on macro towers and conduct small cell installations on utility poles, street lights, street furniture and other structures in urban areas and right-of-way locations,” added Miller, who recently accompanied a delegation of tower technicians to a White House event hosted by President Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

NATE encourages member companies and industry stakeholders to use Wednesday, May 8 as a day of commemoration to host events within their respective organizations to pay tribute to the technicians they employ. To download and print the official Tower Technician Appreciation Day Proclamation, visit HERE.

NATE Debuts #ClimberConnection Video on Industry Step-Bolt Testing Results

Video Highlights Key Findings on Step-Bolts Designed to Enhance the Safety of Tower Technicians Working at Heights

NATE has released a video that was produced as a result of several prominent industry step-bolt testing events that were conducted at the University of Dayton Resarch Institute (UDRI) in Dayton, Ohio. The #ClimberConnection  video, entitled “To Tie-Off or Not to Tie-Off,” contains important safety information that the industry’s tower technician workforce needs to know before working on tower structures installed with step-bolts. The informative video was unveiled at the 2019 Wireless West Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The video shows jaw-dropping footage of the static and dynamic drop tests that were  performed at the UDRI facility in order to test the strength of step-bolts. The video reinforces the key findings of the testing that 5/8” step bolts, while suitable for climbing, DO NOT have the capacity to be used as an anchorage for any type of personal fall arrest systems.

“The information contained in this video should be utilized by every company and worker in the industry as a training tool as it contains important step-bolt related information derived from our testing ,” said NATE Board of Directors member John Paul Jones, who helped spearhead  the testing activities. “I would like to thank all of the manufacturers, tower owner/vertical realtor firms, contractor companies and technicians who collaborated together on these testing initiatives. The results obtained from the testing will ultimately help create a safer environment for the men and women working at elevation on monopole towers,” Jones added.

Click HERE to watch the Step-Bolt Testing 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 Facebookand 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.

Visit HERE to watch the Tower Family Foundation and NATE UNITE 2019 Recap videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 4 edition of the Climber Connection Video Series.

For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.