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Oregon’s FirstNet Buildout by AT&T Gives Priority to Rural Areas

As the first stage of the five-year First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout gets underway in Oregon, state officials, AT&T and FirstNet say rural deployment will not be an afterthought, reported Radio Resource Media Group.

“Rural is something that won’t be waiting until last,” said Carrie Johnson, director of public-safety advocacy and tribal affairs specialist for AT&T’s FirstNet program. “It is a key priority during every stage of the buildout and beyond those first five years as well.”

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SBA Refinancing in Light of Favorable Tower Outlook

SBA Communications Corp. is preparing its thirteenth overall wireless tower securitization through its master trust platform with $640 million of bonds backed by wireless tower leases, according to American Banker.

An SBA spokesperson told Inside Towers they have $755M coming due in April, so the current deal of $640M, plus some additional borrowing, will be used to pay off the $755M. They did something similar in April 2017, where they issued $760M to pay off $610M of debt, the spokesperson said. 

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Walden: Trump Willing to ‘Build Upon’ Infrastructure Plan

During Wednesday’s vote by the House Commerce Committee on a measure to reauthorize the FCC, several Democrats complained about the lack of dedicated funding for broadband deployment in President Donald Trump’s infrastructure package revealed on Monday.

One of those, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), asked: “Will this committee take the lead?” The fear is state governors will use federal funds for other priorities like fixing roads and bridges unless the money is specifically earmarked to deploy broadband.

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View From “The Bridge”: Looks Like a Super Year Ahead

Bernard Borghei is having a good year so far.  Not only did he recently see his hometown Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl but his company, Vertical Bridge, is off to a good start as well. “We’re excited about the year ahead,” Borghei, the Executive Vice President of Operations & Co-Founder told Inside Towers.

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IWCE Introduces the Next-Generation of Industry Leaders

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), the premier annual event for communications technology professionals, has introduced the second annual IWCE Young Professional Award winners. The award showcases the next-generation of leaders in the communications technology industry who are shaping the future of the industry.

IWCE’s Young Professional Awards recognize young professionals under 35 who have made a significant contribution in his or her company or agency and works in the communications technology industry.

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