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New TIA Standard Improves Communication in Tower Construction

tiaA new standard to facilitate improved communication between engineers and contractors when planning and assessing tower construction is being released by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high tech communications networks.

This effort revises and redacts TIA’s original 1019-A standard first published in 2012, and the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) version – ANSI/TIA-322 for Loading Criteria, Analysis, and Design Related to the Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Structures. The development of TIA-1019-A was a joint effort between TIA and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) to ensure the standards were synchronized.  



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GCI To Build New Tower in Anchorage Park For Personal Reasons

Vital statistics: generates $10,000/yr in revenue for city, GCI pays $850/month for permit

A large, popular park in Anchorage is getting a new cell tower to boost coverage but not for all the normal reasons. AT&T had plans to build a tower in the park in 2014, but did not find it economically viable. Then Alaska-based GCI stepped in.

The project doesn’t make financial sense for GCI either but the company is going to build it anyway.


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