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Posted 9.6.17
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For Immediate Release:
September 6, 2017

NATE to Testify Before Congress

NATE Chairman Jim Tracy Invited to Provide Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Broadcast Repack Transition

(Washington, D.C.) - The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that Chairman Jim Tracy, CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington, has been invited to provide witness testimony at the upcoming U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing. The subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), will conduct a hearing entitled “The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges” on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10 AM EDT in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the midst of reorganizing broadcasters into remaining TV bands following the spectrum incentive auction earlier this year. Thursday’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing will provide members of Congress the opportunity to receive an update on the FCC’s repacking process.

“NATE’s diverse membership encompasses companies and workers involved in both the wireless and broadcast industries and this hearing provides the Association with a unique platform to provide members of Congress who serve on this influential subcommittee with tangible examples and technical details on the repacking transition activities that are currently taking place at tower sites across the country,” said NATE’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Director and Wireless Industry Network D.C. Liaison Jim Goldwater. “Additionally, the subcommittee hearing will provide a forum to discuss some of the NATE safety resources, industry standards and workforce development initiatives that are available to the marketplace to help support a safe and efficient repack,” added Goldwater.

In addition to Chairman Jim Tracy, other witnesses invited to address the subcommittee include the following individuals:

• Scott Bergmann, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA;
• Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, National Association of   Broadcasters;
• Rebecca Murphy Thompson, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Competitive Carriers Association;
• Lyn Plantinga, Vice President and General Manager, NewsChannel 5 Network; and
• Patrick Butler, CEO, America’s Public Television Stations.

“The broadcast incentive auction empowered broadcasters, businesses, networks, and consumers to play a role in the way that our nation makes spectrum allocation decisions, and it successfully cleared 84MHz of spectrum while raising $19.8 billion in bids. It is critical the FCC works expeditiously to repack the remaining broadcasters without disruption to consumers. I look forward to receiving an update on our continued efforts to usher in a new era of wireless broadband,” said Chairman Blackburn.

Thursday’s “Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges” hearing will be webcast live at the following link: http://energycommerce.house.gov/. Webcast viewers are encouraged to share their thoughts on the hearing and the Broadcast Repack topic on via social media using the #SubCommTech hashtag.

For more information on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, visit HERE. For information on NATE, visit HERE.


About National Association of Tower Erectors

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 810 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.


Register to Attend the NATE Wireless Industry Network Great Plains Regional Conference

The NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference will feature dynamic speakers and informative sessions on cutting-edge industry topics. The event will also offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.

Great Plains Regional Conference attendees will also be eligible for the event’s grand prize drawing to win four tickets to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL football game on October 22, 2017. Conference registration also includes breakfast and lunch. Visit HERE to review the official Great Plains Regional Conference agenda and speaker line-up.

The cost to attend the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference is $75 per person. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the conference by completing the Registration Form on the NATE WIN website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to nate@natehome.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE; Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, September 15, 2017.

Click HERE to become a Sponsor for the NATE WIN Great Plains Regional Conference! Current sponsors for the event include Sioux Falls Tower & Communications; Graybar Electric Company, Inc.; Meridian Blue Construction, LLC; TowerMRL, Inc.; Vertical Limit Construction, LLC; Vinco, Inc.; Tower One Inc.; Tower Systems, Inc.; and AGL Media Group.

For more information on NATE WIN, visit www.natewin.org.



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