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Pai Heads to Florida, Scolds Carriers for Hurricane Response

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai chastised wireless carriers for their response to the damage of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle. He directed the agency’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau to begin an investigation, saying he’s concerned “their actions on the ground aren’t matching the urgency” Commission officials have conveyed in conversations with the carriers.

Pai joined Florida Governor Rick Scott in calling on wireless carriers to waive the bills of Floridians in these affected areas for the month of October and to allow them to change carriers without penalty.

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Crown Announces Q3 Earnings

Late yesterday after the close of the bell on Wall Street, Crown Castle (CCI) released its Third Quarter earnings for 2018.  Crown will hold a media conference on the results this morning at 10:30 a.m. EST.

“We delivered another terrific quarter of results in the third quarter and increased our annualized common stock dividend by 7% to $4.50 per share based on accelerating leasing activity,” said Jay Brown, Crown Castle’s Chief Executive Officer.

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Rural Broadband and Small Cells Could Make or Break Gubernatorial Election

The poverty rate is triple the national average in the 1,400-person town of Richland, a rural community starving for high-speed internet. The lack of connectivity creates a huge hurdle for kids to study at home or parents to apply for jobs, reported Politically Georgia.

And this issue is front and center in the Georgia governor’s race between candidates Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, who are proposing vastly different plans to revitalize rural economies; Abrams is focusing on healthcare while Kemp says broadband is his top priority.

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Enterprise Wireless Alliance Announces New Board Members

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) announced the election of six new members to its 51-member Board of Directors, which occurred during its Annual Membership Meeting held on October 10, in San Antonio, Texas.

The new Directors are:

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Reader Opinion: I’m Tired of My Friends in This Business Dying

This section allows others to contribute their opinions. The content does not necessarily represent the views of, or endorsement by Inside Towers.

Over the past few years, many of my friends in this industry have died. Almost all for the wrong reasons: alcoholism, drugs, recklessness, depression. Some of the deaths were side effects of their choices, some could be considered partial or whole suicides.

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