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Charter Joins Rival Comcast in the Wireless Arena

charterNow Charter Communications wants to be in the wireless business too. The news comes a day after rival Comcast said it plans to invoke a 2011 deal with Verizon and launch a wireless service that would run on a combination of its own WiFi and Verizon’s network by mid-2017, Inside Towers reported yesterday.

Charter jumping into the wireless business could mean more competition for Verizon and AT&T, which dominate, reports the AP. Since its purchase of Time Warner Cable in May, Charter is now bigger, claiming 25 million+ customers. In contrast, Comcast has 28+ million.

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Competitive Carriers Association 2016 Annual Achievement Award Winners

CCA-logo-tags-400x170 (3)Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) today announced the winners of its Annual Achievement Awards at their 2016 Annual Convention.  The winners were honored for their contributions to the industry and community in five categories: Distinguished Leadership, Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Service, Industry Innovation and the Neko Hamlett Associate Member of the Year.

“Competitive carriers must innovate in order to survive, and at the same time serve as visible, active members of the communities they serve,” said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA.

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Responsible (and Accelerated) Deployment of Small Cells

By Tom Leddo, V.P., Md7 and Sean Maddox, Land Use Project Manager

tom-leddoThe much anticipated roll out of small cells appears to have finally arrived. The wireless infrastructure industry has been forecasting the small cell boom for the last couple of years and while the current wave is not as big as initially anticipated, the work is rolling out, and along with it a lot of new challenges. It’s clear that business as usual (which arguably no longer works even in the macro-site context) has no place in small cell deployments.

Some of the hurdles include:

  • developing new deployment models, including internal tracking and project milestones tailored to small cell polygons and clusters, rather than macro-site systems,
  • negotiating bulk attachment agreements with a variety of municipalities, utilities and pole/infrastructure owners,
  • rapid, large scale deployments at a low cost per node; and of course
  • working with local municipalities to develop guidelines for deployments specific to small cell technology.

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Sprint to Lease Spectrum, Increase Density

Sprint Corporation CEO Marcelo Claure says the company has accomplished about 40 percent of intended changes as part of its five-year plan. Claure, now head of the carrier for 2+ years, told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia 2016 on Tuesday, though it’s “worrisome” when a company has been losing millions of customers for a while, he feels executives are getting Sprint back to growth. The company plans to lease some of its spectrum to help finance the company, he said, without giving specifics.

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Sedona Needs 18 More Towers but Has Little Say-So

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-36-15-pmDue to federal regulations, the Sedona (AZ) City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission have little say on a proposed wireless master plan coming to the city. It does, however, have a say in public health, safety, welfare, aesthetics, landscaping, height, infrastructure, setbacks, location and signage.

The two boards met up with CityScape at a joint work session this week, with the boards receiving an update on the city’s proposed wireless master plan from consultant Susan Rabold.

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Sat, September 24, 2016
    

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