PCIA Press Releases

PCIA Commends E-911 Rules Update

January 29, 2015 / Alexandria, VA - Jonathan Adelstein, the President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued the following statement in response to today's action by the Federal Communications Commission's to update its Enhanced 911 Rules: 

"PCIA joins our public safety partners in commending the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for adopting a 9-1-1 Location Accuracy Report and Order that will help save lives and property around the country. Today, the FCC took action to strengthen first responder services by setting forth achievable goals to deliver vital location information more quickly and more accurately, especially for indoor calls. Some 44 percent of American households are ‘wireless only’ – and the number is increasing each year. Today’s action takes an important step toward improving 9-1-1 location accuracy by leveraging existing location technologies, encouraging the development of new technologies in the ‘test bed,’ and utilizing live call data to determine the efficacy of these technologies."


PCIA Statement on Supreme Court T-Mobile v. City of Roswell Siting Case

January 14, 2015 / Alexandria, VA - Jonathan Adelstein, the President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued this statement in response to the January 14 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the T-Mobile v. City of Roswell siting case.

"PCIA is pleased that the United States Supreme Court agrees with our assessment that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires localities to provide clear, written reasons when applications to build wireless facilities are denied. Today’s decision in T-Mobile v. Roswell vindicates PCIA’s conviction that wireless providers must be informed in a clear-cut and timely manner when siting applications are turned down. In reversing and remanding the Eleventh Circuit’s incorrect holding, PCIA applauds the Supreme Court for recognizing that the City of Roswell had not complied with its statutory obligation to inform PCIA member T-Mobile of its rationale for denying a siting application. PCIA is gratified that the Court has once again handed down a decision that will help the industry build out broadband networks across the country. On the heels of today’s decision, PCIA will continue to alleviate burdens on wireless broadband build-out wherever they may be."


PCIA to Expand Wireless Workforce Training Role for DoL’s TIRAP – Adelstein Named to Executive Board

January 14, 2015 / Alexandria, Virginia – PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association today announced that it has signed a new memorandum of understanding to expand its partnership responsibilities on a path-breaking Department of Labor (DoL) initiative aimed at creating the wireless workforce of the future.

Under terms of the agreement, PCIA will help the DoL-credentialed Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) create effective apprenticeship programs to serve the needs of the wireless infrastructure industry. PCIA and TIRAP will collaborate to establish a comprehensive, industry-wide solution for wireless training credentialing, with the goal of establishing a common vernacular.

The TIRAP Board also voted to elect Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA’s President and CEO, to serve on its executive board. Adelstein, a strong proponent of training military veterans and displaced workers for careers in wireless infrastructure, joins a distinguished group. Chaired by Scott Kisting, Senior Vice President for Risk & Compliance for Midwest Underground Technology, Inc., TIRAP’s Board is composed of senior executives with wireless infrastructure, equipment distribution, and telecommunications companies, including several PCIA members.

"We’re honored that PCIA has been given an opportunity to strengthen its role in shaping a program so important to America’s economic and technological future," Adelstein said. "TIRAP will set the credentialing requirements for the workers that we need to build and upgrade wireless broadband networks, helping us meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile data. Our goal is to deploy wireless infrastructure safely and with the highest quality of workmanship."

"The TIRAP Board is delighted that Jonathan and PCIA have agreed to take on additional responsibilities," said Board Chairman Kisting. "PCIA has the expertise and resources to help TIRAP achieve its objective of understanding the industry’s needs in regards to training a highly skilled, safe, and motivated wireless workforce."

A former member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Adelstein was among the dignitaries who spoke at an October 14 FCC event that launched TIRAP. Also speaking were FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and DoL Secretary Thomas Perez.

TIRAP establishes apprenticeships to train workers to deploy, upgrade, and maintain wireless network facilities. It marks the first time that DoL has certified an apprenticeship program with an industry consortium instead of an individual company.

PCIA has developed a national plan to standardize wireless worker training and safety programs. Among other initiatives, PCIA helped secure federal support for a wireless training program at Virginia State University, is providing assistance to a comparable program at Aiken (SC) Technical College, and is partnering with Warriors4Wireless to strengthen other programs designed to help America’s returning veterans develop marketable career skills.

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PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.


Former Sprint Executive to Serve as Senior Advisor to PCIA

January 7, 2015 / Alexandria, VA – Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association announced today that former Sprint executive John Harrison will join the association as Senior Advisor. In this newly-created role, Harrison will assist in PCIA’s ongoing initiative to train and educate the wireless workforce of the future.

"We are excited to leverage Harrison’s vast experience in the industry to help PCIA and its members improve both public and private training programs for America’s wireless workforce," Adelstein said. "John will help drive this effort forward to meet the quality and safety needs of the growing and rapidly evolving wireless industry."

Harrison will join Phil Larsen, Director of Training and Education at PCIA, in working with Department of Labor grant awardee Virginia State University to implement its wireless training program. He will also coordinate training and education efforts with the recently created Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), association members, Warriors 4 Wireless, and the public and private training community.

Harrison will help guide PCIA’s training and education initiative, which seeks industry-consensus to establish and launch a wireless workforce certification program and develop a database so employers can track those credentials.

Harrison spent 30 years at Sprint, most recently as Vice President Network Deployment, where he was responsible for Sprint’s managed service agreement with Ericsson, as well as network deployment including Sprint’s Network Vision, a multi-year, multi-billion dollar network technology refresh initiative. During his three decades with career with the carrier, Harrison held a variety of executive-level positions, guiding Sprint’s network management, design and operations; engineering; field operations and site development efforts. Harrison also served as the Network Team Lead for the Sprint/Nextel merger. Upon his retirement from Sprint in July 2014, Harrison launched his own consulting firm, GPC. Harrison graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Masters of Science in Economics & Econometrics, and Bachelor of Science in Business.


PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.


CEO Adelstein Pens "Connecting With the Future" Commentary

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January 5, 2015 / Alexandria, VA – Jonathan Adelstein, President & Chief Executive Officer of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, recently authored a commentary for the Los Angeles Business Journal about the essential role wireless networks will play in the future of Southern California.  View the commentary, courtesy of the Business Journal, online here


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