PCIA Press Releases
Adelstein Statement on T-Mobile's Sugrue, Ham Announcement
March 7, 2014/ Alexandria, VA – Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that T-Mobile’s Tom Sugrue, senior vice president-regulatory affairs will retire and that Kathleen Ham, vice president-federal regulatory affairs, has been named acting head of its U.S. government affairs department:
“I congratulate Tom on his retirement following a tremendously successful career in wireless telecom. The breadth of experience he brought to T-Mobile, based on his years as head of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau where we worked together, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration , and other industry leadership positions, have served T-Mobile well in the last eleven years. His commitment to T-Mobile’s growth and success –and his tenacity in helping the company prosper in the face of immense competition—are to be admired. I wish him well as he moves on.
“Kathleen is an outstanding choice to act as head of T-Mobile’s government affairs office, particularly at a time when Congress is considering updating the nation’s communications laws to better reflect today’s technology and market conditions. Her experience, industry insight and keen ability to navigate the policy landscape will be a tremendous benefit to T-Mobile and the entire industry. PCIA looks forward to continue working with Kathleen in this role.”
Adelstein Hails FCC Chairman's Remarks on Infrastructure Deployment
February 26, 2014/Alexandria, VA — PCIA President & CEO Jonathan Adelstein released the following statement in response to remarks made by Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week:
“Chairman Wheeler hit the nail on the head in Barcelona by emphasizing the need to speed wireless infrastructure deployment to meet the exponential increase in demand for wireless broadband. PCIA has long promoted just the policies the Chairman suggested, to enable wireless networks to be built quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. He has teed these issues up, and his statement indicates he is prepared to take decisive action.
“As Chairman Wheeler put so succinctly, ‘we can’t have high-speed broadband without high-speed deployment.’ PCIA couldn’t agree more, and we look forward to working with him and the entire Commission to ensure U.S. wireless networks can continue to support the all of the growing needs of consumers, businesses, public safety, schools, hospitals and others who rely on wireless broadband.”
PCIA to FCC: Four Key Steps to Improving Wireless Broadband Deployment
February 3, 2014 /Alexandria, VA — Removing barriers to the deployment of newer technologies like Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cells, and refining rules for collocations will facilitate greater coverage and capacity of wireless broadband networks, PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association and the HetNet Forum said in comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband acceleration Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
In the comments, PCIA and the HetNet Forum cited actions by Congress, the FCC and the courts that have helped to streamline the wireless broadband facilities siting process, noting however, that barriers to infrastructure deployment remain. “Mobile broadband drives innovation, creates jobs and improves the quality of our lives—but these benefits cannot be achieved without the deployment of robust wireless infrastructure,” PCIA and the HetNet Forum said in the comments.
The comments also note the increasingly important role of and small cells in network operators’ efforts to target broadband capacity to the locations where customers use it most and to improve in-building coverage.
To improve wireless facility siting policies, which will further accelerate broadband deployment for the benefit of all Americans, the FCC should take the following steps:
- Streamline its environmental and historic review processes for DAS and small cell deployments;
- Define key terms in Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act, including “Wireless,” “Transmission Equipment,” “Wireless Tower or Base Station,” “Existing,” “Collocation,” “Removal,” “Replacement,” and “Substantially Change the Physical Dimensions.” Additionally, the FCC should make clear that the statute’s “may not deny, and shall approve” mandate requires approval of all eligible facilities requests without exception and without discretionary review; and set baseline limits on applications processes, time for review, and unreasonable fees to ensure this mandate is carrier out;
- Take further steps to implement Section 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act, by providing further clarity regarding the Shot Clock and adopting a deemed granted remedy in cases where states or localities fail to abide by the Shot Clock; and
- Adopt a permanent environmental notification exemption for temporary towers.
Acting now to remove these barriers to deployment means consumers will continue to realize the benefits of better, more reliable more advanced wireless services, according to the comments. Access the complete filing.
PCIA's Adelstein Responds to Rep. Waxman's Retirement Announcement
January 30, 2014/Alexandria, VA - Jonathan Adelstein, President & Chief Executive Officer of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, issued the following statement today in response to Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) will retire at the end of the congressional session:
"Rep. Waxman has been a tireless advocate for consumers, competition and progress in U.S. telecommunications policy. We congratulate him on an exemplary career in public service, and look forward to continued accomplishments in his remaining time in Congress and beyond."
Technology Industry Leaders and Monster.com Launch USTechVets.org to Connect Veterans with Careers in the U.S. Technology Sector
Las Vegas, Nev., January 8, 2014 —Today, at the 2014 International CES®, leaders from top U.S. technology industry trade associations announced the launch of USTechVets.org, an online community to connect the one million service members who are transitioning back into civilian life to employment opportunities within the technology industry. Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and Monster Worldwide, Inc Monster.com, U.S. Tech Vets' seeks to facilitate veterans' transition to civilian careers, reduce veteran unemployment and provide America’s veteran workforce access to jobs within the technology industry. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, runs Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10.
“The technology industry is one of America’s fastest growing sectors and is hungry for high-quality talent,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “Veterans bring valuable skills and experience to the job, such as leadership, team-building, motivation, a strong work ethic, and quick-thinking as well as experience working in a mission-focused environment. These qualities are highly-prized in the technology sector. We understand that a workforce with these outstanding merits can be an incredible competitive advantage in the marketplace. More, veterans have served our nation. It’s our duty to give back to them.”
USTechVets.org, powered by Monster.com, the premier global online employment solution, features free tools and resources for employers and for transitioning military personnel, veterans and their family members. Tools for veterans include a military skills translator to match each veteran’s skills, training and collateral duties to civilian jobs; a searchable database of jobs in the technology sector; and educational resources to help veterans develop skills to thrive in a private sector career. USTechVets.org member companies will receive free access to Monster’s database of more than 800,000 veteran resumes, powered by Monster’s award winning 6Sense semantic search technology. Employers also can automatically or directly post their jobs to the site, which veterans can search.
“At Monster, successfully connecting people with job opportunities is in our DNA,” said Steve Cooker, executive vice president of Global Government Solutions for Monster Worldwide. “Through our subsidiary, Military.com, we also have a deep and rich legacy providing members of the military, veterans and their family members with vital information, tools and resources. We are proud to harness our innovative technology and community reach to connect veterans with careers in the technology industry and to help employers find veteran talent better and faster.”
Combining Monster’s technology and audience reach with the support of technology associations, the site will create the largest collection of veteran job candidates and technology jobs available anywhere.
“NVTC member companies believe overall workforce development is one of the greatest long-term challenges facing our technology community,” said NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg. “Through the combined power of the organizations involved in this initiative, we hope to accelerate veterans’ transition to civilian life by providing access to thousands of employment opportunities across the technology sector and the tools and resources they need to succeed.”
Joining CEA and NVTC in this effort are several national technology associations including the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), CompTIA, Electronic Security Association (ESA), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Professional Services Council (PSC), Security Industry Association (SIA), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA). In addition, DAV, a national veterans advocacy and assistance organization with more than 1.2 million members, is partnering to promote U.S. Tech Vets to its constituents.
“We believe veterans often have the background to pursue a successful career in the residential electronics industry. That is why we worked to get CEDIA’s certification program and CEDIA’s basic and home theater boot camp trainings approved for Montgomery GI Bill Benefits,” said Don Gilpin, CEDIA executive director and COO. “This partnership will take our efforts to train transitioning veterans to the next level.”
“Veterans with the right mix of business, communication and technical skills can find rewarding careers in the tech industry. In the past two years, some 16,000 veterans have earned nearly 22,000 CompTIA certifications. These IT skills certifications can be a first step in transitioning from active duty to civilian life,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA. “We applaud the launch of USTechVets.org as it helps to connect employers and veterans and to expand the tech workforce.”
“The Electronic Security Association is pleased to support USTechVets.org in the effort to create the largest collection of veteran job candidates and open technology industry jobs,” said ESA Executive Director and CEO Merlin Guilbeau. “We frequently hear that finding and hiring quality talent is a continuous challenge for our members. Our goal is to connect our members with highly skilled returning veterans that have sacrificed so much for our freedom as they transition to civilian life.”
“There can be no better fit for the electronic security industry than our nation’s veterans,” added CSAA Executive Vice President and CEO Steve Doyle, who is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. “They have the work ethic, discipline and team spirit as well as the training to go above and beyond the call of duty in whatever enterprise they engage in. They have learned the value of self-sacrifice for the good of the whole in ways most people will never understand. A great many are easily adaptable to technical trades and they have been tested already in these applications in the toughest environment there is, and that is why, CSAA is pleased to support this initiative.”
“The next generation of veterans will play a vital role in our nation’s workforce,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “NAB is proud to join U.S. Tech Vets to connect veterans to employment opportunities within the broadcast industry.”
“PCIA is honored to be a charter member of the U.S. Tech Vets initiative. America’s returning heroes are an excellent fit to fulfill the need for a skilled workforce – particularly in the wireless sector, which is experiencing tremendous growth due to skyrocketing mobile broadband demand,” said Tim House, vice president of external relations for PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. “Veterans possess proven leadership and problem solving skills, and often have hands-on experience with new or emerging technologies – all of which will aid our industry’s efforts to build and advance mobile broadband networks.”
“As leaders of the federal services sector, assisting our qualified and deserving veterans is our member companies’ duty and honor. We are pleased to participate in the U.S. Tech Vets employment initiative,” said Stan Soloway, president and CEO, Professional Services Council (PSC).
“We are fortunate to have millions of veterans in this country who are skilled, dedicated professionals, many of whom have technology training and experience that has been tested in extremely adverse conditions,” SIA CEO Don Erickson said. “These are exactly the kinds of candidates that many security industry employers are seeking, and SIA is proud to be part of the USTechVets.org partnership.”
“This initiative is near and dear to my heart because, like so many Americans, I have a family member transitioning back to the workforce. In working with America’s leading ICT companies, I know that our high-tech industry can benefit greatly from the valuable skills and experience veterans bring back with them. TIA is committed to joining with the rest of the industry to connect those who serve with employees who can use their skills,” said Grant Seiffert, TIA president.
“The U.S. tech industry understands that hiring veterans is more than just the right thing to do – it’s a smart business investment,” said DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “U.S. Tech Vets offers a platform to connect the skilled and dedicated men and women who served our nation with meaningful employment. This is a service that will greatly benefit DAV’s 1.2 million members and veterans across the country.”
For more information about U.S. Tech Vets, visit www.ustechvets.org.
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- PCIA Statement on Proposed Telecommunications Act Reform
- PCIA Proudly Supports Launch of Warriors 4 Wireless to Help Returning Veterans Find Work in Wireless Industry
- PCIA Applauds Confirmation of Wheeler, O'Rielly to FCC
- Adelstein Hails Largent's Service to the Industry
- Long-Term Government Shutdown Could Impact FirstNet, D'Agostino Says
- PCIA's Statement on the FCC's Wireless Infrastructure NPRM
- Wireless Infrastructure Investment Will Generate $1.2 Trillion in Economic Activity and Create 1.2 Million Jobs
- Wireless Infrastructure Show Announces Blockbuster Keynote Lineup
- Experts Talk Small Cells at HetNet Forum Hill Event
- Wireless Broadband Essential to Rural America, Panelists Say
- Adelstein, McDowell Get MMTC's Top Award
- PCIA: Wisconsin Legislation Expands Wireless Broadband Opportunities
- PCIA Responds to New White House Wireless Initiative
- PCIA Hails Washington State Wireless Siting Legislation
- PCIA Responds to Supreme Court Shot Clock Ruling
- Wireless Infrastructure Show Announces Move to Spring 2014
- PCIA Hails FCC Chairman Nomination
- PCIA Congratulates FirstNet GM
- PCIA CEO to Keynote Wisconsin Wireless Association Event
- The DAS Forum Renamed HetNet Forum
- PCIA, APCO Honor Policymakers for FirstNet Leadership
- PCIA Statement Regarding FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
- PCIA Responds to FCC Commissioner McDowell's Resignation
- PCIA and APCO Honor Policymakers for Leadership on FirstNet (Event Rescheduled)
- PCIA, The DAS Forum Offer "Roadmap" for Environmental and Historic Preservation Reform
- PCIA Hails FCC Action to Accelerate Wireless Network Deployment
- PCIA CEO: We are the “Home” of Wireless Network Deployment
- PCIA's Innovation & Tech Council Offers Glimpse at Emerging Technology
- PCIA CEO Joins Former White House CTO to Talk 4G Development in Virginia
- PCIA Responds to Court Decision on FCC Pole Attachment Order
- PCIA's Jonathan Adelstein to Keynote Super Wi-Fi Summit
- PCIA to Supreme Court: Affirm FCC “Shot Clock” Ruling
- PCIA Members Discuss Broadband Acceleration Issues with Federal Government Reps
- PCIA Responds to Senator's Comments Regarding Wireless Services in Emergencies
- PCIA Statement on AT&T's $14 Billion Network Investment
- PCIA Hails Enactment of Pennsylvania Wireless Broadband Collocation Act
- PCIA Board of Directors Elects Officers
- PCIA Names Jonathan Adelstein President & CEO
- DISH Network Chairman & Co-Founder Charles Ergen to Keynote Wireless Infrastructure Show
- FCC Chairman Genachowski to Keynote Wireless Infrastructure Show
- 2012 Wireless Infrastructure Show to feature keynotes from Cisco, AT&T execs
- New York State Wireless Honors PCIA’s Fitch as a Wireless Warrior
- PCIA Chairman Takes Part in White House Broadband Event
- Wisconsin Wireless Association Earns Outstanding Donor Award for Charity Work
- PCIA Issues Statement on New FCC Commissioners
- PCIA President & CEO Michael Fitch Announces He Will Resign
- Seven State Wireless Associations Host Successful South Wireless Summit
- PCIA Hails Bill that Speeds Access to Wireless Services, Spurs Investment
- PCIA statement on Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
- PCIA Hails Enactment of N.J. Collocation Legislation
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