FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr recently conducted a site visit to a communications tower located in Noblesville, Indiana, which was facilitated by representatives from NATE, Crown Castle and Heartland Solutions Corporation.
During his time spent on site, Commissioner Carr visited with technicians and staff to discuss the work that is conducted on a daily basis building, maintaining and upgrading communications tower sites and related wireless infrastructure. Carr was also provided with a front row view on the equipment and PPE gear that tower technicians utilize to carry out their jobs in a safe and efficient manner.
Additionally, Commissioner Carr learned about the benefits associated with the NATE STAR Initiative program from participating company Heartland Solutions Corporation. Since program’s inception, the STAR Initiative site safety audits and program documentation requirements have served to allow participants to proactively identify and correct hundreds of job site hazards and deficiencies. These results have allowed NATE to extrapolate valuable benchmarks and tangible data from the program, while demonstrating compelling evidence that STAR member companies are leading the charge in terms of making our industry safer.
“It was an honor to have Commissioner Carr join us today at the Noblesville, Indiana, tower site to witness work being conducted safely and acknowledge the vital work that America’s tower technicians, contractors and vertical realtors are playing to enable wireless connectivity,” said Mark Fisher, owner and president of Heartland Solutions Corporation. “We appreciate the leadership role Commissioner Carr is playing at the FCC to streamline wireless infrastructure deployments, promote the expansion of rural broadband and support workforce development initiatives.”
NATE Wireless Industry Network will hold the Pacific Regional Conference, April 26, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel and NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend the Pacific Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, April 13, 2018.
The conference will kick off with a National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) session on becoming NWSA certified conducted by Executive Director Duane MacEntee. This session will educate attendees on NWSA’s transformative and nationwide certification programs available to the communications tower industry workforce and will guide participants through the steps required to obtain NWSA credentials.
Additional presentations at the Pacific Regional Conference include a panel discussion on Small Cell Deployment moderated by Ryan Dixon, Vice President of Advanced Tower Components; a session presented by Eric Ringer, Co-Founder and Senior Product Manager of Skyward, a Drone/UAS development company; and a session entitled The Myth Behind the Certificate of Insurance – Are You Really Covered? presented by John McGarvey, Vice President of BB&T Insurance Services.
The Wireless Industry Network is a national and international initiative that provides local support, involvement and communications for the wireless industry. This program is coordinated by National Association of Tower Erectors, a non-profit trade association. The goal of WIN is to expand the reach of important messages and resources for safety, quality, standards and education for all wireless organizations and the wireless industry.
NATE has released a #ClimberConversation video highlighting the physical rigors and challenges that make communications tower work rewarding. The #ClimberConversation video is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign and is a vital component of NATE’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and attract new workers into the industry.
The video, entitled “I Don’t Need a Gym Membership”, includes testimonial footage of tower technicians talking about the physically demanding, adrenaline-flowing and gratifying aspects of working in the industry.
Click HERE to watch the “I Don’t Need a Gym Membership” 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 #ClimberConversation. NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) will be hosting the Pacific Regional Conference on Thursday, April 26, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This conference is being held the day after the Susan Harwood – OSHA Grant Rigger Awareness Safety Training also at the Sheraton Portland Airport hotel and will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.
“As a longtime member of NATE, we are excited to welcome NATE to the City of Roses and the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the Pacific Regional Conference on April 26,” said Tony Strenke, President of Advanced Tower Components, LLC and NATE WIN Oregon State Liaison. “We look forward to learning about new industry trends and networking with colleagues, both old and new,” added Strenke.
“This event will offer great educational and networking opportunities as speakers from all facets of the wireless telecom ecosystem will present programs on the hottest industry topics,” stated NATE WIN Director Scott Krouse. Presentations will include workforce development strategies, small cell and DAS applications and other topics yet to be announced.
NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Pacific Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, April 13, 2018.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. CLICK HERE to become a sponsor for the NATE WIN Pacific Regional Conference.
NATE unveiled a video highlighting the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) worker certification programs as the second to debut in Volume 3 of the Association’s critically acclaimed Climber Connection series. The video release announcement took place live from the 2018 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Orlando, Florida.
The video, entitled “NWSA: A New Badge of Honor” focuses on the transformative and portable certification offerings now available in the marketplace to the communications tower workforce. The fast-paced video also provides a comprehensive overview of the steps and processes involved for workers to achieve NWSA certification.
“NWSA’s nationwide, portable and verifiable worker certification programs are a game changer for the industry,” said Justin Pitts from East Coast Communications who is a NWSA Accredited Practical Examiner and certified worker. “This video does a great job educating industry employers and employees on the benefits associated with NWSA credentials and the steps involved in order to ultimately achieve certification,” added Pitts.
Click HERE to watch the NWSA Certification 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 3 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.