PCIA Press Releases

PCIA Encourages Members, Wireless Infrastructure Industry to Participate in National Safety Stand-Down

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is urging its members and the entire wireless industry to actively participate in this week’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is asking employers to set aside time during the week of May 2-6, 2016 to have an open discussion with their workers about falls and how to prevent them. According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

Last year’s OSHA National Safety Stand-Down was a tremendous success, reaching more than 2.5 million workers. This year, OSHA’s goal is to reach 5 million workers. Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. In past years, participants included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, trade associations, institutes, worker interest organizations, and safety equipment manufacturers.

“PCIA is proud to support OSHA’s leadership on this issue by promoting this year’s National Safety Stand-Down,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA. “The OSHA Safety Stand-Down Week serves as a good reminder to the entire industry of the role safety and training plays in preventing injuries on the job.”

As part of National Safety Stand-Down week, OSHA has also developed a Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down webpage that can be accessed on its website.

OSHA is also encouraging companies and workers to share their National Safety Stand-Down stories on social media utilizing the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.

 

PCIA Statement on FCC reauthorization bill, DIGIT Act

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association issued the following statement from President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein regarding today’s decision by the Senate Commerce Committee to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission and the Committee’s vote in favor of the “Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act.” 

“We commend Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson on winning bipartisan committee approval for the FCC reauthorization bill. The reauthorization process gives both the FCC and Congress the opportunity to examine and, if necessary, modify the FCC’s authority.”

“We also commend Sens. Fischer, Booker, Ayotte, and Schatz for their leadership on the DIGIT Act. This is a positive step forward in ensuring that government and industry are working together as we move toward a truly connected future thanks to the Internet of Things. Wireless infrastructure will play a critical role in the development and adoption of more connected machines and devices. We need to build and deploy all manner of wireless infrastructure in order to deliver an integrated ecosystem to support the Internet of Things.”

 

Senior Executives from HBO, AT&T and T-Mobile Top List of Speakers at 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is pleased to announce that the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas May 23-26 will feature keynote speeches from a dynamic group of thought leaders from the converging worlds of technology, telecommunications and entertainment.

The Wireless Infrastructure Show, which will take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, attracts more than 3,000 leaders and innovators from across the wireless infrastructure ecosystem. The annual event serves as the premier forum for infrastructure owners and operators, carriers, investors, government officials, equipment manufacturers and service providers, and others integrally involved in shaping the future of the wireless industry.

Keynote Speakers at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show include:

Diane Tryneski, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Technology at Home Box Office (HBO)

Susan Johnson, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain at AT&T

Dave Mayo, Senior Vice President-Technology Strategy, Finance & Development at T-Mobile

Jose Mas, Chief Executive Officer of MasTec

Rod Smith, Fellow and Vice President, Emerging Technologies at IBM

“We are pleased to bring together such an incredible group of business leaders to share their stories and their insights on the role wireless infrastructure plays in shaping the future for us all,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA.  “Wireless infrastructure is the foundation of all mobile communications – from connecting with friends on social media to reliable public safety to watching your favorite television show. Wireless infrastructure keeps us connected and improves our lives at work, at home and on the go.”

As Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President at HBO, Diane Tryneski is responsible for all aspects of technology for the network – including strategy, digital products (HBO Go and HBO Now), engineering, distribution, and software development. Tryneski will discuss the important role wireless infrastructure plays in her organization’s digital strategy today and how it will impact the network’s operations going forward.

AT&T’s Susan Johnson is responsible for all supply chain functions within AT&T including strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, supply chain logistics and distribution. She currently leads a team that is actively engaged in AT&T's initiative to move towards an operating model based on software-defined networks.  Johnson will discuss how AT&T is engaging with a diverse supplier community and the advantages the practice brings to the telecommunications company.

“The Wireless Infrastructure Show continues to provide the ideal forum for forward-thinking organizations to connect and share valuable intelligence,” said Tim House, Executive Vice President of PCIA. “We are absolutely committed to providing attendees, exhibitors and sponsors with the best possible experience. It is exciting to deliver such engaging programming from visionary business leaders who operate within the wireless ecosystem.”

T-Mobile’s Mayo is responsible for more than $6 billion in capital and operating costs, and for developing and driving strategic initiatives for the wireless carrier. He will share his insights into T-Mobile’s ongoing efforts to deliver services to today’s mobile consumer.

As CEO of one of the largest infrastructure services firms in North America, Mas brings a unique perspective to the Wireless Infrastructure Show. He was the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011 and currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

IBM’s Smith, who leads a team of technology innovators, will discuss the intersection of enterprise cloud computing and mobile technologies.

In addition to speeches, panels and other workshops, PCIA has partnered with major wireless carriers, infrastructure providers and other industry leaders to host a Supplier Diversity Summit at the Wireless Infrastructure Show. The Supplier Diversity Summit is a dedicated day-long event developed to connect a more diverse group of businesses with the companies that invest tens of billions of dollars into deploying and maintaining wireless infrastructure each year. The goal is to facilitate productive discussions focused on the role supplier diversity plays in the wireless infrastructure industry. The Summit will take place on May 25.

To register for the Wireless Infrastructure Show and the Supplier Diversity Summit, please visit the show’s website.

 

Wireless Industry Meets to Spur Safety Climb Systems Improvements

Officials from the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), which aims to promote worker safety, quality and efficiency within the wireless infrastructure industry, gathered representatives from wireless carriers, tower companies and safety climb system equipment manufacturers to hold a Safety Equipment Manufacturers Summit this week in Alpharetta, Ga., to maximize the critical role safety climb equipment plays in protecting climbers.  The purpose of the Summit was to help ensure safety climb systems are installed, maintained and inspected properly and in accordance with existing standards.

Joining TIRAP at the Summit were officials from PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). SBA Communications hosted the event.

The primary accomplishment of the Summit was the establishment of a formal Working Group to create specific industry standards as well as a common vocabulary for safety climb systems used in the installation, maintenance and inspection of safety climb systems. The Working Group also will work to clarify the requirements necessary for competent contractors to properly inspect these safety climb systems prior to considering their use as part of the fall protection plan for the Scope of Work (SOW) on a telecommunications site, as well as the inspection of this equipment as an appurtenance on the structures.

Joey Deuer, President of Tuf-Tug, an Ohio-based safety equipment engineering and manufacturing firm, was elected Chairperson of the Working Group.

As the wireless infrastructure industry matures, we have reached a pivotal moment as we all seek to increase commitments to safety and quality,” said Scott Kisting, Senior Vice President at SABRE/MUTI Tower Service Co. and Chair of the TIRAP Board of Directors. “This Summit addressed these issues as we continue our work to develop consistency across manufacturers of safety climb systems, and we are very excited that Mr. Jeremy Buckles from SBA has worked to assemble this group and convey the concerns to the industry. 

 

 

About TIRAP
The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) is a joint venture of telecommunications companies, industry associations and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that develops DOL-credentialed apprenticeship programs available to qualified employers for the career development of the telecommunications workforce. The TIRAP’s mission is to partner with stakeholders to promote safety, enhance quality, and enable education and advancement opportunities in the telecommunications workforce that will meet network infrastructure build out needs. For more information, visit www.tirap.org

 

Illinois State Wireless Association Hosts PCIA CEO Jonathan Adelstein

Chicago, IL, April 6, 2016 – Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, delivered a keynote address at the Illinois State Wireless Association’s annual Education Luncheon today in suburban Chicago.

“Today’s wireless infrastructure provides the foundation upon which the wireless industry will deliver the Internet of Things, 5G, and the applications, services, and jobs that will fuel the U.S. economy for years to come,” Adelstein told the audience, which included representatives from major wireless infrastructure and tower companies, engineering firms, wireless providers and equipment manufacturers.

The Illinois State Wireless Association (ILSWA) is a nonprofit professional association with the purpose of developing a local identity for the wireless industry within Illinois and local communities to voice a unified message toward local issues and responsibilities.

Marc Steinbach, President of the Illinois State Wireless Association and Director of DAS Services for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Fullerton Engineering Consultants, said: “There is no question that smart devices have changed everything -- the way we work, the way we play, socialize, experience and share every moment of our lives. As a result, it has never been more difficult for the carriers and their vendors to keep up with the wireless consumption demands from the consumer. That is why the work that Mr. Adelstein and the other members of PCIA do is so important. Properly educating government officials at the highest level and advocating for sound federal and state policies is essential to our success of deploying better, faster ubiquitous networks.”

The Illinois State Wireless Association, in addition to providing general awareness of the wireless industry, educating customers and public officials about the wireless industry and the critical role it plays in Illinois, cultivates and fosters relationships among the members of the wireless industry and conducts fundraising for several charitable organizations.

During his address at the event, Adelstein stressed the important role wireless infrastructure plays in improving mobility for health care, education, public safety, agriculture, smart cities, and a host of other consumer and business products and services. PCIA is currently working in states throughout the country to improve the regulatory environment for the wireless infrastructure industry.

“The wireless industry is confronting issues such as regulatory obstacles, a growing need for skilled labor and the complex development of the macro network and small cells to meet customer demands with limited capital budgets,” Adelstein said. “My job is to keep pushing the ball forward to make sure the wireless industry and the government continue to work together so wireless technology can reach its full potential in promoting jobs and U.S. economic growth.”

 

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