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CTI Towers Employs Connected2Fiber Technology for Data-Driven Organic, Inorganic Growth

Connected2Fiber, the Industry Cloud for Connectivity, reported on Nov. 10 that CTI Towers, an operator of over 1,200 wireless communications towers across 47 U.S. states, is making use of the Connected World platform to identify clients within CTI’s tower property markets and to assist in the company’s tower acquisition strategy.

CTI’s initial use cases with Connected2Fiber make use of the platform’s location-based insight on hundreds of thousands of towers within the United States. From an existing tower property perspective, CTI said it is able to query the Connected World’s network intelligence engine to identify potential clients that may be interested in leasing its tower space – including network operators, cable companies, WISPs, municipalities and any organization in need of wireless communication.

The company said it is also making use of the Connected World to identify and engage with connectivity providers in close proximity to but not yet connected to tower infrastructure to discuss potential tower-building opportunities.

Beyond these use cases, CTI said it is using the technology’s data capabilities to assist in the evaluation of acquisition of new tower assets. With these insights, CTI is able to understand the market opportunity and competitive environment within each tower property to make more effective, efficient acquisition decisions.

“Connected2Fiber’s insights are a big step up for our industry and critical to making intelligent, data-driven decisions,” said Scott Crisler, COO at CTI Towers. “CTI makes it a priority to stay ahead of the curve on technological adoption that will benefit our organization and help better serve our customers. The Connected World platform enables us to operate with the efficiency and effectiveness needed to achieve our growth objectives.”

“CTI Towers is an organization that understands the value of making data-driven, location-oriented decisions within their business,” said Ben Edmond, founder and CEO at Connected2Fiber. “We fundamentally believe that this type of mindset pays significant dividends for a company in this space and is the key to unlocking growth within their market. The team at Connected2Fiber is excited to continue to support CTI in their growth journey.”

For more information visit www.connected2fiber.com.

Scott Crisler Named Chief Operating Officer at CTI Towers

CTI Towers has expanded its executive team with the addition of Scott Crisler as the company’s chief operating officer, with responsibility for overseeing sales, tower operations, lease administration and business development. CTI operates 1,200 wireless communications towers in 47 states.

“Scott has experience in every aspect of the tower business ranging from the infrastructure side to site acquisitions,” said Tony Peduto, CEO of CTI. “He will be invaluable to us as we continue to expand the company.”

Most recently, Crisler led engineering development for T-Mobile in Southern California. Earlier in his career he held senior wireless infrastructure management roles at American Tower and Crown Castle.  Crisler also worked with Black and Veatch in site acquisitions.

“CTI has developed a very successful platform over the past decade,” said David Bacino, operating partner at Melody Investment Advisors, a communications infrastructure investor that acquired CTI Towers in 2020. “Scott’s addition expands the company’s management team and enables the company to work more effectively with its customers and pursue CTI’s growth plans.”

Crisler said, “My goal is to enhance operational excellence at CTI by focusing on the people and the company’s processes, along with enhancing its customer relationships.”

Source: CTI Towers

Congress Passes Wide Ranging Wireless Act

By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor

There is something for everyone in H.R 4986, the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services, or RAY BAUM’S Act, which passed the House of Representatives this week. The bipartisan compromise included key provisions of the MOBILE NOW act, the House took steps to make sure more spectrum will be available for 5G technology deployment and streamlined siting of wireless infrastructure in federal lands.

“I would say that, as an infrastructure provider, we commend this effort to streamline deployments and expedite future spectrums auctions and hope to see the Senate pass this as well,” Carrie Ortolano, general counsel, CTI Towers, said. “In particular, CTI Towers applauds the effort to streamline and make uniform the process to place infrastructure on federal property and hopes to see more federal property available for infrastructure development as a result once this bill is passed.”

In particular, the bill directs the FCC to find 255 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use, and it set a two-year deadline for the commission to authorize mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless use between 42000 MHz and 42500 MHz. Additionally, the FCC is charged with evaluating the feasibility of commercial wireless between 3100 MHz and 3550 MHz and between 3700 MHz and 4200 MHz.

“Specifically, by including both MOBILE NOW and the Spectrum Deposits Act in today’s compromise, it provides an important technical fix and lays important groundwork for the FCC to proceed with key spectrum auctions,” FCC Comm. Michael O’Reilly said in a statement.  “Once this becomes law there are several large-scale spectrum auctions for mid-band and millimeter wave spectrum – especially the upper 37 GHz (37.6-38.6 GHz) – that the Commission needs to conduct in the very near future.

The bill reauthorizes the FCC for FY2019-FY2020 (the first time in 28 years) and sets new expectations for the agency in terms of transparency and more efficient processes.

Congress designated an independent inspector general to watch over the agency, elevated the role of Chief Information Officer to handling planning, and took actions concerning the fees charged by the Commission. The FCC was also directed to improve its wireless coverage maps.

The legislation combines an effort to streamline processes and increase transparency to the FCC to “maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making” and establish a fund in the U.S. Treasury to pay for costs incurred by the broadcast TV repack.

FCC is also required evaluate the broadband coverage in Indian country and carry out rulemaking to address unserved tribal areas.

There is even something for the consumers in this law, helping the FCC and law enforcement protect them from fraudulent telephone calls, and to educate Americans about how to stop illegal calls. It will now go the Senate for a vote.

J. Sharpe Smith
Senior Editor/eDigest
J. Sharpe Smith joined AGL in 2007 as contributing editor to the magazine and as editor of eDigest email newsletter. He has 27 years of experience writing about industrial communications, paging, cellular, small cells, DAS and towers. Previously, he worked for the Enterprise Wireless Alliance as editor of the Enterprise Wireless Magazine. Before that, he edited the Wireless Journal for CTIA and he began his wireless journalism career with  Phillips Publishing, now Access Intelligence.

CTI Towers Moves Corporate HQ, Expands Staff

By The Editors of AGL

CTI Towers, a privately-held tower company, will be relocating its corporate headquarters from Franklin, Massachusetts, to Cary, North Carolina, commencing operations there in February 2018. Founded in the Boston market in 2011, CTI will move to the Highwoods property at 5000 CentreGreen Way. The Raleigh market is a fast-growing region with a strong labor pool. To handle its own growth, CTI plans to add 25 employees in its initial hiring stage in 2018. CTI Towers is a Comcast Ventures portfolio company.

CTI Passes 1K Towers with Mediacom Buy

By J. Sharpe Smith

CTI Towers has acquired the tower portfolio of Mediacom Communications, which is expected to number more than 360 towers. With the acquisition, CTI now owns or manages more than 1,000 wireless communication towers across the United States.

“The Mediacom tower acquisition represents CTI’s largest individual transaction since we were founded in 2011,” said Tony Peduto, CTI’s CEO. “It expands our footprint, making us a major tower player in some of those states.” Mediacom’s towers, which are lightly loaded, are mostly situated across the Midwest, including 86 in Iowa, 81 in Illinois, 39 in Minnesota and 32 in Missouri. It represents the third tower portfolio of cable television operators that CTI has purchased.

CTI Towers, a Comcast Ventures portfolio company, began in 2011 managing and developing towers owned by Comcast. In 2015, CTI acquired communications towers from another cable company Vyve Broadband, which serves areas in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Wyoming.

Through its experience with Comcast and Vyve, Peduto believes CTI has demonstrated that it is well positioned to lease tower space to the wireless carriers on the former cable towers, while protecting the interests of the cable operators.

“We have perfected the model for working with cable company towers. We protect the cable system at all costs, and we give our cable partners the opportunity to backhaul from the tower sites,” Peduto said. “CTI works closely with the field representatives of our cable partners to ensure wireless tenants are able to install their equipment in the most efficient manner.”

The cable companies were franchised on either a town by town or county by county basis, and each one of them had a tower to capture signals off the air from the local broadcast stations. As the cable companies merged and connected the systems with fiber, they had no need for all those towers. Currently there are 2,200 more towers still owned by cable companies and presumably are not being used.

Mediacom’s locations include new tower sites along with small-cell deployments, and the towers are ready for collocation.

“It’s been a good opportunity for us,” Peduto said. “Considering the difficulties in zoning and getting towers up today, having towers already up makes it easier for municipalities to approve the deployment of a carrier’s antenna.”