Wednesday, December 7, 2016

AT&T Pushing for Speedier Approval/Denial Period in Ohio


AT&T wants an expedited process for small cell technology in Ohio, but lawmakers are in opposition to the proposed time constraint.

Initially, AT&T wanted water towers and power lines to be included in the usual small cell antenna package of street lamps, traffic lights and poles. However, during the state’s recent legislative session, according to, the wireless giant agreed not to include them. Instead, the company wants to speed up the 5G network application process to a 90-day approval or denial, which would allow communities to “block the installation of new wireless antennas.” Continue Reading

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Union Strives to Make Inroads in Wireless Industry


 Last April, the industry watched as Verizon management squared off with 40,000 striking employees. The result was a small win for the Communications Workers of America (CWA), who was able to expand its reach to cover more of Verizon’s workers.

However, in general, unionization has been largely unsuccessful in the wireless industry, something the CWA is seeking to change. Last week, hundreds of CWA’s organizers met in San Antonio to strategize how to expand its power in the industry, reports Fortune.  See the statement from the CWA regarding the conference. Continue Reading

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wireless Industry Embraces Walden for House Energy and Commerce Chair

Congratulations have been pouring in for new House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden. The Oregon Republican previously chaired the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
“The House Energy & Commerce Committee plays a key role in helping ensure competitive carriers are able to compete and thrive in the industry, and Chairman Walden understands the importance of mobile broadband, especially in rural areas,” said Competitive Carriers Association President/CEO Steven Berry. “His understanding of the Universal Service Fund and role in crafting the legislation leading to the 600 MHz incentive auction will be an asset to the Committee and to Congress.” Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Auction Could Re-Write Local Media Definition

Billions of dollars are likely to change hands during the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction. The money could be used to transform local media nationwide.

Telecoms have referred to a “spectrum crisis,” as they try to sate the public’s appetite for bandwidth to deliver streaming video, as well as texts and social media to consumers.

Auction proceeds could be used to build 21st-century infrastructure for public interest media, writes Christopher Daggett, president and chief executive officer of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in an Op Ed for the New York Times. States, communities and universities that decided to auction some or all of their television spectrum will have a chance to invest in new ways to meet the public’s information needs, he writes. Continue Reading

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tue, November 29, 2016 90-Day Trial Subscribe Now Media Kit Submit News Popular Posts Inside Towers Database Job Listings Archive Emergency Alert System Goes Into Action on Ohio State Campus

9:55 a.m. Buckeye Alert! Emergency on Columbus campus: More info soon. Shelter in place / be observant / take action as needed. Public Safety responding.
9:56 a.m.  Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.

So read the Buckeye Alert System messages that began the day yesterday on the Ohio State University Campus.  An attacker reportedly plowed into a crowd with his car and began stabbing random bystanders with a butcher knife according to OSU police.  The attacker was shot and killed less than a minute later police said. Continue Reading

Monday, November 28, 2016

How Many Economists Does it Take to Make an FCC? Jamison Added to Team

UPDATE  A second economist has joined the President-elect’s transition team for the FCC – Mark Jamison. He joins Jeffrey Eisenach, who leads the team, Inside Towers reported.
Like Eisenach, Jamison is affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington and is currently director of The University of Florida’s Public Utility Research Center, reports TVNewsCheck. Jamison, too, is an expert on telephone and public utilities issues. Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


A notification yesterday from NATE stated that 3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has identified a limited number of Lad-Saf X2/X3 sleeves with the locking lever not working properly. This condition can allow the sleeve to disengage from the cable during use. The assembly error is believed to affect only a limited number of units and has been corrected. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this issue. Continue Reading