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School District Generates Much-Needed Revenue Through Cell Tower Deals

Vital statistics: schools earn $30,000/yr

For one school district in southwest Florida, a cell tower lease agreement is providing a big boost to its financial outlook. Charlotte County Schools just broke ground on its first tower which will be located on the property of Lemon Bay High School in Englewood, reports WWBH-TV.

Schools within the district will make at least $30,000 a year on the agreement and revenues will increase by three percent each year.

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SBA Cites Telecom’ Act of ‘96 and Gets a Permit From City

Violation of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 forced one local municipality to approve a conditional use permit for a 90-foot tower on February 13. The permit was first requested by SBA Communications in 2015, but the Moorhead City Council rejected the application twice without a written response. Although evidence was submitted to the council proving the necessity of the tower, the council chose to reject approval and deny personal wireless services.

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On “Nearly Unprecedented” M&A Run, AT&T Flirts with T-Mobile Acquisition

AT&T recently acquired television provider DirecTV for $49 billion, offered $85 billion for Time Warner and is floating the idea of buying out competitor T-Mobile—which would come at an estimated $70 billion price tag, reports 24/7 Wall Street.

AT&T attempted to buy T-Mobile in 2011, but the potentially $39 billion deal fell through. Buyout talks have been reignited due to Softbank, Sprint’s majority shareholders’ interest in a potential transaction with Deutsche Telekom, which is controlled by T-Mobile.

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CommScope Becomes Founding Partner of Infrastructure Masons

CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has been named the first Founding Partner of Infrastructure Masons, an organization created to bring together technical professionals involved in infrastructure services – from end users to consultants to vendors. 

Infrastructure Masons was established to provide network infrastructure executives and technical professionals an independent forum to connect, grow and give back. Founded by Dean Nelson, a long time infrastructure executive and industry contributor, the organization will focus its combined experience and expertise to advance the industry, develop fellow masons, and empower business and personal use of the infrastructure to better the economy, the environment, and society.  

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JMA Wireless/DAS Deployment on a Signature Building in Copenhagen

At Axel Towers each JMA Wireless high-power remote unit supports multiple bands over a single optical fiber.

Axeltorv Square, located in the center of Copenhagen, has changed. The old Scala building has been replaced with a five-tower structure known as Axel Towers. This copper-clad, multi-purpose building is home to well-appointed, modern offices on the upper floors while the first two levels offer distinctive dining and shopping options.

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Rocky Mountain Towns High on Getting Better Broadband Service

Two local governments in Colorado—Summit County and the town of Breckenridge—are looking for ways to provide their citizens with improved broadband service, a challenge in the craggy and rural landscape of northern Colorado.

The Summit County commissioners provided an update on January 24 regarding the development of broadband service in the area, reports the Summit Daily. After issuing a request for information in December, it received responses from eight different wireless companies who offered to provide service in the community but not in the more rural areas.

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CTIA CEO Urges FCC to Keep Moving Forward on Phase ll

CTIA is lobbying the FCC ahead of the agency’s upcoming votes on mobile broadband deployment funding. Association President/CEO Meredith Attwell Baker, a former FCC Commissioner, said in a letter: “CTIA is pleased to see the Commission moving forward to implement Phase II of the Mobility Fund and encourages the Commission to move forward with modernizing its infrastructure siting policies so that high-speed mobile wireless services can be rapidly and efficiently deployed.”

The U.S. wireless industry invested $32 billion in 2015, and $300 billion over the last 10 years, to deploy 4G LTE wireless networks and services. As a result, more than 99 percent of the U.S. population has access to 4G LTE connectivity, and nearly 96 percent can choose from three or more 4G LTE wireless service providers, according to CTIA. 

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Tracking Smartphone Privacy Bills Introduced by Bi-partisan Reps

U.S. lawmakers have reintroduced bills to limit warrantless access by the government to cell phone-generated geolocation information. The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act aims to draw a line for when law enforcement can acquire your location information, generated from devices like smartphones, GPS units and WiFi-equipped laptops.

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that attaching a GPS tracking device to a vehicle requires a warrant, but did not address other digital location tracking, including through cell phones, OnStar systems and consumer electronics devices, bill sponsors said in an announcement.

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American Tower v. Univ. of Iowa and Connectivity, in Court Over DAS Buildout

In December 2013, American Tower Corp. (AMT) entered into an agreement with the University of Iowa to install and operate two DAS networks for the Hawkeye’s football and basketball venues—Kinnick Stadium and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The relationship between the two parties quickly soured from that point on.

In August 2015, the University of Iowa notified it was “immediately terminating the agreement” with AMT due to the company’s failure to complete the project in a timely manner, according to The Gazette.

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Microsemi – Low Power FPGA Products for Wireless Infrastructure

Microsemi Corporation announced the availability of its new cost-optimized PolarFire field programmable gate array (FPGA) product family, delivering what is claimed to be the industry’s lowest power at mid-range densities with 12.7 Gbps Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) transceivers as well as best-in-class security and reliability. The FPGA product family is ideal for a wide range of applications within wireline access networks and cellular infrastructure, defense and commercial aviation markets, as well as industry 4.0 which includes the industrial automation and IoT markets.

“Our new FPGA product family transforms the way the market thinks about traditional mid-range FPGAs,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president and business unit manager at Microsemi.

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