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American Tower’s Vendor Loyalty Oath Extended and Diluted

The blowback from American Tower’s edict to vendors last week requiring complicity in  limiting their work on any site that falls within a half-mile radius of theirs, has prompted the company to bend, ever so slightly, by:

  • moving the deadline for signed agreements of compliance to tomorrow
  • excluding non-macro towers as a factor
  • limiting the sites to those published on their website
  • allowing for a site-specific waiver

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Tower Collapse Forces Hard Choices for KOZK-TV

UPDATE KOZK-TV, Ozarks Public Television in Missouri is deciding whether to rebuild its tower or lease transmission space on another one after the April 19 collapse which killed one worker. At the same time, the FCC assured a U.S. Senator, the agency will help the station as it works to restore its infrastructure and comply with the TV spectrum repack.   

Missouri State University-operated KOZK placed a low-power transmitter on top of its building shortly after the accident, reported the Springfield News-leader.

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Pat Cipov Named to the Wireless Hall of Fame

The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) will induct five honorees into the Wireless Hall of Fame during the Foundation’s Awards Dinner in Los Angeles on September 12, at the Omni Hotel.  The WHF described Cipov’s achievements in introducing this year’s inductees:

  • Pat Cipov:  “In almost four decades as president of Cipov Enterprises, Inc,” the WHF wrote, “Pat has been actively involved in all aspects of ownership and operations of the wireless construction and maintenance of communication towers and antenna systems.
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GatesAir Promotes from Within

The repack has been good for GatesAir, which specializes in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters. The company promoted several employees to newly formed executive roles. GatesAir CEO Bruce D. Swail said the move reflects that the manufacturer is coming off its most successful quarter to-date, and positions the firm for future business opportunities.

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San Jose Inks Smart City Infrastructure Deals With AT&T, Verizon

San Jose has firmed up Smart City agreements with AT&T and Verizon to improve the city’s infrastructure and lay the groundwork for 5G.

In April, AT&T and San Jose announced a collaboration to deploy small cells. Building on that relationship, the carrier now says it will deploy an extensive network of small cells to enhance existing voice and data capacity – and lay the foundation for mobile 5G services that AT&T expects to begin introducing in the city in the first half of 2019.  The carrier describes public-private partnership as an example of a long-term, model lease agreement that will deliver digital advancements.

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