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Cuddy & Feder LLP Names Christopher B. Fisher Managing Partner

Cuddy & Feder LLP announced the appointment of Christopher B. Fisher as its new Managing Partner, effective April 6, 2017. Mr. Fisher was elected to the position by unanimous vote and succeeds Joshua E. Kimerling, who served in the role from 2014-2017.

Mr. Fisher joined Cuddy & Feder in 1994 and was named a Partner in 1999. During his tenure at Cuddy & Feder, he has held various positions of leadership within the firm. He is currently Chairman of the Firm’s Telecommunications Group, a practice he founded and will continue to head up, and is former Chairman of the Firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Development Group, two of the largest infrastructure practices in New York and Connecticut. Mr. Fisher also served as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee from 2003-2013.

USA GROUPS Appoints Eric Pogoda to Head Construction Division

USA GROUPS, Inc., yesterday announced that Eric Pogoda, former Senior Vice President for SmartLink, will join USA GROUPS as its President of the construction and maintenance division, USA COMSERV.  Pogoda’s experience includes stints with Crown Castle, Nextel and Sprint.

“I am especially honored and humbled by this opportunity. Representing the USA GROUPS brand and reputation for quality, execution and service to the communications industry is a unique responsibility” said Pogoda. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence, and most importantly, working with our dedicated team to deliver obvious value to our customers which will enable us to guide USA COMSERV into the future,” he added.

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell Goes to Mobile Future

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell is the new chief public policy advisor for Mobile Future, an association comprised of tech and communications companies and non-profit organizations working to support investment and innovation in the wireless sector. The appointment is effective immediately, according to the association. Members readers will recognize include Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Rivada Networks, Samsung and Verizon.

Most recently, McDowell has been a partner and co-leader of the global communications practice at Cooley LLP, where his portfolio includes telecommunications, media and technology matters. As an FCC commissioner, McDowell championed public policy that promoted consumer choice and fostered competition.

McDowell was first appointed to a seat on the FCC in 2006, by President George W. Bush. When he was reappointed in 2009, he became the first Republican to be named to an independent agency by President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the FCC, he was senior vice president of the Competitive Telecommunications Association.

Former Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake Joins Wiley Rein Law Firm

Former FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake has joined the Telecom, Media and Technology practice as consulting counsel for law firm Wiley Rein. Lake was media bureau chief from 2009 to 2017, advising companies on regulatory, competition, intellectual property and trade issues. Previously, he was FCC coordinator for the digital television transition.

Wiley Rein, founded by former FCC Chairman Richard Wiley and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Bert Wein, boasts one of the largest telecom, media and technology practices in the country, with over 60 attorneys and engineers working full-time in the practice.

James Ruedlinger Rejoins ERI as Senior VP, Engineering

James Ruedlinger has rejoined Electronics Research Inc. (ERI) in the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Engineering. He will have responsibility for managing both of ERI’s RF and Structural Engineering Groups. Ruedlinger is a registered professional engineer with over 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry including nearly 15 years previously with ERI, from 2000 through 2014.  He has spent the past two years working for Crown Castle as an Engineering Manager with their corporate engineering and construction engineering departments.

Ruedlinger has been involved with multiple facets of engineering, including new broadcast tower design and construction, complex structural reinforcements, development of engineered rigging plans, and engineering oversight for large broadcast antenna installations as well as extensive design and analysis experience of large and small gin poles.

With over 15 years of climbing and tower inspection experience, Ruedlinger has been actively involved with the TIA committee in developing construction and gin pole design standards since the inception of the ANSI/TIA-1019 standard. He chairs the TR14 task group responsible for the ANSI/TIA-322 engineering standard on Loading, Analysis, and Design Criteria Related to the Installation, Alteration and Maintenance of Communication Structures.

Joshua Broder Receives Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award

The U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce that Joshua Broder, CEO of Tilson Technology Management, Inc. of Portland, ME has been selected to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2017 Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year Award for Maine and New England.

“Mr. Broder’s leadership at Tilson perfectly demonstrates the transition of skills learned in the military to use in civilian life,” said Amy Bassett, SBA District Director for Maine.  “Mr. Broder provides a wonderful example that we hope will inspire more veterans to start their own businesses,” added Bassett.

Tilson Technology Management, Inc. is a global network deployment and IT professional services company that works on telecom design, software development, and IT strategy based in Portland, with offices located throughout the United States. Mr. Broder is a former U.S. Army Signal Officer, and recipient of the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan.

Snyder, Vermillion and Wilder Honored at NATE UNITE 2017 Awards Luncheon

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) honored Craig Snyder, President of Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Jocko Vermillion, Vice-President of Safety Management Services for CITCA LLC and Steve Wilder, Co-Owner and Founding Member of CITCA LLC, during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 28, at NATE UNITE 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Craig Snyder was honored as the recipient of the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and long-term contribution to the success of the NATE mission and has served the Association continually for a minimum of 15 years.

In 1995, Craig was one of a group of four competing tower contractors to form the National Association of Tower Erectors. After its formulation, he served on the Board of Directors for eleven years concluding his last four years of service as Chairman of the Board. Continue Reading

Frank Parker: Tower Climber, Videographer  

The tower community is full of quirky, funny, wonderful characters and none fit that description better than Frank Parker.  Sadly, Frank passed away on March 10, off-site of the job he loved.  Not only was he a husband, a loving son, father, and grandfather, he was known for his warmth and humor and his “Break Time” videos with his sock monkey “How High.”  Cheers Frank.  This Fanta is for you!

To contribute to his funeral expenses a GoFundMe site has been established.

Former FCC Alerting Chief Joins RapidSOS Board

The FCC’s former chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, is joining the RapidSOS advisory board. The company is developing technology to predict and preempt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm’s way, and link data from any connected device directly to first responders in an emergency. RapidSOS announced in January it’s partnering with public safety agencies that use GeoComm Public Safety Answering Point mapping systems with accurate location that will include accurate handset location from smartphone location sensors embedded into 9-1-1 calls — even without using a smartphone app.

An expert on cybersecurity and public safety communications, Simpson also brings with him 20+ years of experience at the Department of Defense. At the Commission, he was involved in leading efforts to advance Wireless Emergency Alerts and next-gen 911.

RapidSOS says Simpson will bring his experience to bear on the company’s efforts to deploy the NGS911 Clearinghouse, which provides enhanced data to Public Safety Answering Points nationwide. The company says in its announcement the technology it’s developing will result in faster, more effective emergency response, leading to fewer deaths, less property damage and lower healthcare treatment costs.

Simpson joins former FCC Chairman Dennis Patrick and Blair Levin, who oversaw the development of the FCC’s national broadband plan, on the advisory board.

 

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