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First Look at the New ANSI 222 Standards

An Inside Towers Exclusive

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In an industry where change comes frequently, new equipment, improved procedures, climatic events and accelerated demand have all contributed in pushing a new set of rules forward in the industry standards and practices. Through the collaboration of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI), those new standards have been revised and today will be made available to the telecommunications industry and reissued as the ANSI/TIA-222-H.  Although the official announcement will be made later today, Inside Towers has been given an exclusive look at the new standards and permission, via TIA, to publish advanced access to the links to acquire the document itself.  

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California Senators Press FCC on Wireless Alerts Failure During Fires

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The senators called out to FCC chairman Ajit Pai that, “emergency services in Northern California were not able to transmit lifesaving WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) messages, because of significant technical deficiencies in the system.”

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Analysts Weigh in on Crown Q3 2017 Earnings

Colby Synesael, Cowen

“High End of Guidance, Lack of Increase in New Leasing”

“Crown reported 3Q17 site rental revenue/EBITDA toward the high end of guidance with upside AFFO driven primarily by higher than expected interest income as well as sustaining capex at the low end of the range,” Synesael said. “For 2017 the company increased site rental revenue to reflect the 3Q17 beat, but maintained EBITDA guidance as a result of an estimated $8MM in 1x hurricane costs of which >50% will be in 4Q17 while AFFO/share was reduced to reflect the Lightower financing, otherwise it too remained flat.”

“We view initial 2018 guidance as good,” Synesael said, “but the lack of increase in tower new leasing activity shows how dependent Crown (and the other tower operators) are on FirstNet for accelerating tower growth.”

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Paragon Communications, Inc.

Founded in 1999, outside of Boston, MA, Paragon Communications Inc. is the premier provider of refurbished data network, telecom, and test equipment. Through a focus on product quality and technical support, Paragon has enabled customers to achieve their equipment goals. Paragon is dedicated to delivering the best possible, most creative solutions to clients, achieving success through the continued investment in employees, community, and innovative leadership.

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FCC’s O’Rielly: “Unacceptable” Pushback From Cities and States

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“The Commission is well aware that industry is facing numerous challenges to install the hundreds of thousands of new wireless towers and antennas that are going to be needed to meet the insatiable demand for mobile services and new wireless technologies, such as 5G,” O’Rielly said.

O’Rielly cited excessive delays and moratoria when filing siting applications for access to locality rights-of-way and long pre-application processes before an application can be filed or is deemed complete.  

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