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Attack of the Drones

It’s unusual for me to republish press releases, but this one caught my eye. -jlk ATLANTA, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Solusia Air, LLC, an affiliate of Solusia Services, LLC, today announced it has been awarded an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deploy unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to perform asset audits and . . . → Read More: Attack of the Drones

Safety

Discovery Channel: Hang Men

Discovery Channel premiers tonight a special on tower climbers who build and maintain communications/cell towers.

From the preview trailer, this looks to be a scary look at the business. Frankly, there’s no other way to look at the business.

 

Legal

Three Cell Tower Climbers, Firefigher Die in Two Tower Incidents

The last twenty-four hours have seen two tower incidents resulting in at least three tower climber deaths, the subsequent death of a local firefighter, and two additional serious injuries.

The first fatal incident occurred last night in Bluetown, Texas, where a solo tower climber fell from a tower standing more than 1,000 fee tall. The . . . → Read More: Three Cell Tower Climbers, Firefigher Die in Two Tower Incidents

General

3rd Party Engineers, T-Mobile & Local Jurisdictions

T-Mobile’s National External Affairs (“NEA”) Newsletter is a monthly online publication aimed at T-Mobile’s outside siting professionals and others related to siting. NEA was kind enough to add me to their subscriber list.

What follows below is an article appearing in the July 2013 issue of T-Mobile’s National External Affairs’ Siting Newsletter. It describes T-Mobile’s . . . → Read More: 3rd Party Engineers, T-Mobile & Local Jurisdictions

General

A Disingenuous and Dangerous Stunt

Last night I watched a tower siting appeal hearing before the City Council of Albany, California. During the hearing, a resident came up to the speakers podium. As part of his public comment, the resident attempted to make a comparison between cell site emissions and the emissions from a microwave oven. To hammer home his . . . → Read More: A Disingenuous and Dangerous Stunt

General

SRT OF OK NW 2 TXT WLE DRVNG N CA

AB 1536, which is effective today, January 1, 2013, changes California law to allow some texting while driving. Texting is allowed if your phone can be used by voice commands, such as using Apple’s iPhone Siri feature. She has powerful friends in Sacramento!

It will be interesting to see how this change to the prior . . . → Read More: SRT OF OK NW 2 TXT WLE DRVNG N CA

Legal

Reminder: “Cell Tower Deaths” Premiers on PBS Frontline Today

As a reminder, PBS Frontline in conjunction with ProPublica will present “Cell Tower Deaths” premiering TODAY/TONIGHT on PBS stations. The PBS Frontline page is here: (CLICK HERE).

No, this story is NOT about radio frequency emissions concerns. Rather, it focuses on the risk of building and servicing cell towers.

According to PBS:

The smartphone revolution . . . → Read More: Reminder: “Cell Tower Deaths” Premiers on PBS Frontline Today

General

Cell Tower Deaths on PBS Frontline 5/22/12

PBS Frontline in conjunction with ProPublica will present “Cell Tower Deaths” premiering on May 22, 2012 on PBS stations. No, this story is NOT about radio frequency emissions concerns. Rather, it focuses on the risk of building and servicing cell towers. Those risks are significant.

According to PBS:

The smartphone revolution comes with . . . → Read More: Cell Tower Deaths on PBS Frontline 5/22/12

Cable TV Operators

Is Tower Building a Dirty Job?

Apparently, tower building is a Dirty Job, according to Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” I happen to love the show, and I love towers, so what’s not to love about this?

The February 7th show has Mike joining the Great Plains Towers crew as they build a new stick. No doubt this . . . → Read More: Is Tower Building a Dirty Job?

Safety

What Happens in Vegas…

Spotted in Las Vegas.

No, not that one, the older one in New Mexico.

Now put down that cell phone and concentrate on applying your make-up or shaving while trying to drive home from that New Year’s celebration!

Happy New Year.

=Jonathan

 

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