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WEA Testing Could Occur in 2019

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which are messages transmitted on cell phones, may be included in a nationwide test in 2019, FEMA/IPAWS confirms to Inside Towers. WEA enables government officials to target emergency alerts to specific geographic areas through cell towers that broadcast the emergency alerts for reception by WEA-enabled mobile devices.

WEA launched in April 2012, and the FCC updated its WEA rules in September 2016, helping to ensure messages only reach people they’re intended for and establishing a WEA testing program. Updates included increasing the message length from 90 to 360 characters, embedding phone numbers and URLs in the text message and requiring participating carriers to support transmission of Spanish-language text messages. All three improvements are supposed to be implemented by carriers and their handset makers beginning this November.

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MBTA Tower Derailed

UPDATE  A plan to build four monopoles, 75-feet high, along the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) railroad lines has been unanimously opposed by selectmen. The Local News reported that inMotion Wireless would install the towers to improve WiFi on trains and generate revenue. Leasing space on the poles to wireless carriers will earn the MBTA an estimated 7.5 percent of net revenues.

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T-Mobile’s 15 Years of Free Tower Leasing May Soon Come to an End

T-Mobile has been using a privately-owned lot for one of its 115-foot towers, equipped with nine antennas, for 15 years…free of charge! This week, a judge ruled that landowners Pat and Gregory Richardson can move forward with a second lawsuit seeking to remove T-Mobile’s equipment, reported The Virginian-Pilot.

It all started with an electric pole built 60 years ago.

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T-Mobile Q2 Exceeds Expectations

“T-Mobile US Inc. accomplished what it set out to: trounce Sprint Corp. and ruffle feathers at the once unrivaled wireless leaders, Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. Now investors should start to see a more mature T-Mobile — even if magenta-t-shirt-wearing CEO John Legere still boisterously nags his starchy rivals in the Twittersphere,” Bloomberg reported.

Analysts were expecting revenue of $9.8 billion and earnings per share of 37 cents, compared with the 67 cents T-Mobile reported Wednesday.

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Interview with a Tower Climber

An interview with an anonymous tower tech reprinted with permission from JobShadow

What do you do for a living?

I climb and inspect cellular phone towers.

How would you describe what you do?

We climb up a cell tower, say anywhere from 200 to 500 feet and do maintenance mainly on cellular phone towers changing changing out transmission lines or antennas. Sometimes we just change out light bulbs on the tower, that sort of thing.

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