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NATE UNITE 2021 Virtual Education Series

Installation and Development of Small Cells

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM CST, Corey Manus, Program Director-Small Cell at B+T Group, will be conducting Session 1 of the NATE UNITE 2021 Virtual Educational Series entitled “Installation and Development of Small Cells”.

This session focuses on the installation of small cell sites and an overview of a general workflow for developing these sites. We will be taking the audience from feasibility to ready to construct for a small cell site in any market. Major deliverables, milestones and best practices will also be discussed.


2021 Susan Harwood Grant 5G-Small Cell Deployment Training Courses

Throughout 2021, NATE will be facilitating twelve 5G-Small Cell Deployment Training Courses nationwide. These courses are offered free of charge to industry employees and employers due to a Susan Harwood Training Grant (SH-990350-SH0) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

NATE is planning to host these upcoming, complimentary grant-enabled training sessions in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Omaha, Nebraska; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis, Indiana; Salt Lake City, Utah; Tampa, Florida; Arlington, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Bellevue, Washington; Portland, Maine; and Charleston, West Virginia.

The 5G-Small Cell Deployment Training will include the following content sections:

· State of the 5G-Small Cell Deployment Industry
· Potential Small Cell Hazards and Exposures
· Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
· Pre-task Planning and Job Hazard Assessment
· Temporary Traffic Control
· Trenching and Excavation
· Small Cell Electrical Hazard Identification
· Fiber Optics Safety Basics
· Working at Height
· Radio Frequency (RF) Hazards
· Confined Spaces
· Environmental Concerns
· Working Alone and in the General Public

The 2021 NATE 5G-Small Cell Deployment Training Courses will be hosted as in-person sessions and will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols in order to ensure the safety and welfare of participants.​


Tower Family Foundation Seeking End of Year Donations

Non-Profit Organization Awarded $211,250 in Direct Financial Assistance to Affected Families in 2020​

The Tower Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is encouraging all wireless industry companies and stakeholders to make an end of year tax-deductible donation to the organization prior to December 31, 2020.

All contributions to the Tower Family Foundation are granted directly to eligible tower workers and/or their families to help assist them in paying for their immediate needs and related costs that occur in the aftermath of a post-accident or fatality situation. In 2020, the Foundation has awarded $211,250 in direct financial assistance to affected families and has donated $1,032,250 to eligible benefactors since the organization’s launch in September 2014.

“2020 has reminded us all that the tower industry is stronger than the sum of its parts, and that we can only continue to grow as a sector with one another’s help.” said Bernard Borghei, Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Operations of Vertical Bridge and Member of Tower Family Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The assistance that the Tower Family Foundation gives to our colleagues across the sector and their families when they need it the most is to be commended, and Vertical Bridge takes a great deal of pride in supporting the organization, its work and our industry.”

The NATE #ClimberConnection video on the Tower Family Foundation details how the Foundation extended a helping hand to one industry worker and his family after he experienced an injury while working at a tower site in rural Kansas.

How to Give

Donating to the Tower Family Foundation is easy! Contributions can be made to the Foundation via credit card or check.

  • To pay online by credit card, click on the “Donate” button at the following website link: http://towerfamilyfoundation.org/get-involved/donate/online-donation/, fill out all of the required fields and press the submit button. All credit card transactions are made through PayPal, a secure, online platform.
  • To pay by check, please print out the Foundation Donor Form, complete and submit the form with your check.

Make your check out to the Tower Family Foundation and mail it to the address listed below:

Tower Family Foundation
8 Second Street SE
Watertown, SD 57201

Additionally, company and individual donations that reach distinguished level donations to the Foundation will be given special recognition and promotion on the Tower Family Foundation website.

Interested donors are encouraged to visit the Tower Family Foundation’s website at www.towerfamilyfoundation.org to learn more about the organization and make an online contribution.

NATE Debuts Video Highlighting Wireless Coverage at Yellowstone National Park

#ClimberConnection Video Includes Cameo by FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr; Highlights Wireless Connectivity in National Parks and other Federal Lands

NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association today released a video entitled “Balancing Wireless & Nature”.  The video was filmed at the nearly 3,500 square mile Yellowstone National Park and is the latest to debut in Volume 5 of the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection series.

The video shines a spotlight on the importance of wireless connectivity on federal lands, utilizing historic Yellowstone National Park as a case study that must seek to accommodate the coverage needs of millions of tourists annually while preserving the pristine nature scenery and views the park is famous for. Additionally, the video includes a cameo appearance by FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr talking about the important collaboration that exists between the FCC, the National Park Service and industry when it comes upgrading wireless coverage and capacity. The video concludes with a testimonial interview with an industry worker who helped deploy wireless infrastructure at Yellowstone National Park.

“This is a very informative video that portrays the work that NATE member companies and their technicians perform to enable connectivity at some of America’s most cherished destinations,” said Justin Miller from EasTex Tower, LLC.  “Wireless connectivity simply can’t be taken for granted and this video peels back the curtain to illustrate the hard-work that takes place behind the scenes to provide the coverage American’s demand,” Miller added.

Click HERE to watch the “Balancing Wireless & Nature” 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.

The Association also encourages industry workers to  subscribe to NATE’s YouTube Channel and share their comments on the video through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr , Twitter and YouTube  platforms.

The Climber Connection Volume 5 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.

Source: NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association

NATE Unveils ‘Must See’ Helicopter Lifts Video

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.