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Infrastructure Plan Looks Stalled While Rural Broadband Deployment Underway

The outlook for congressional passage this year of the Administration’s infrastructure plan is looking dim, some wireless industry experts agree. However, there may be other ways to accomplish some of the goals of broadband deployment in rural areas, they said during a Connect(X) panel on Wednesday in Charlotte, NC.

The Trump Administration proposed a $200 million plan that includes broadband deployment, as well as traditional infrastructure projects such as road, tunnel, waterway and bridge repairs.

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County Commissioners Stop Tower Construction in Progress

Manatee County officials voted to halt the construction of an 185-foot tall public safety tower based on resident complaints, reported the Bradenton Herald.  According to Paul Alexander, Manatee County’s director of information technology services, the $1 million tower project was intended to fix “dead zones” along the University Parkway corridor, making it easier for emergency personnel to communicate.

However, residents were “shocked” when they received notice of the project, already underway, and proceeded to complain to commissioners.

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Qualcomm’s FSM100xx: The“First 5G NR Solution for Small Cells”

This week at The Small Cells World Summit 2018 in London, Qualcomm introduced what they claim to be “the industry’s first 5G NR solution targeted for small cells and remote radio head deployments (FSM100xx)”. Building on the Qualcomm® FSM™ Platform for 3G and 4G small cells, this new small cell product will support 5G NR in both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum.  The company calls this a “highly flexible solution designed to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to reuse both software and hardware designs across sub-6 and mmWave products, supporting high-bandwidth and robust coverage for mobile subscribers around the globe.”

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Big Tower Not Worried

If any message resonated from the dais at Connect (X) when the major towercos gathered, it was one worthy of Alfred E. Newman’s classic, ‘What, me worry?’ Topics like the prospect of a merger between major carriers, the sunsetting of macro towers and the shortage of work crews all presented by WIA CEO Jonathan Adelstein, drew more of a shrug than a well-crafted statement of cautious optimism from Crown’s CEO Jay Brown, SBA’s head honcho Jeff Stoops, American Tower VP Rich Rossi, Vertical Bridge’s CEO Alex Gellman and David E. Weisman, CEO of InSite Wireless.

One exception was Alex Gellman of Vertical Bridge who forsees short term pain followed by long term gain, if Sprint and T-Mo get the regulators’ blessing.

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Residents Who Got ‘Dissed’ by Local Council Take it to Court

UPDATE    Last month in a two-minute time span, the Rochester Zoning Board of Adjustment denied a local group’s request for a rehearing to fight a T-Mobile tower proposed for Meaderboro Road, according to seacoastonline.com.  Now the locals are taking their fight to court.

The coalition, led by Andrea Veal and Michael Clauss, claims the ZBA acted unlawfully and unreasonably in granting a special exception for the tower while simultaneously dismissing the need to grant a height variance.

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