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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Climbs a Communications Tower

Posted 5.31.18
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For Immediate Release:
May 31, 2018

 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr Climbs a Communications Tower

Tower Technician Training and NWSA Worker
Certification a Focus of Visit

 

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) - Today, the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) and Sioux Falls Tower & Communications jointly hosted FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on an industry training and climbing experience site visit. The event was held at the new Sioux Falls Tower & Communications corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art training center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.                          

During the event, management and workers from NATE member company Sioux Falls Tower & Communications visited with Commissioner Carr about the work the company conducts on a daily basis including, safely building, maintaining and deploying communications tower sites and related wireless infrastructure.

NWSA accredited Practical Examiners, who are licensed to administer the organization’s field-based assessments leading to worker certification, were also on hand to update Commissioner Carr on the industry’s training requirements and the process involved for workers to obtain NWSA certification credentials.

The highlight of the day was providing Commissioner Carr with the unique opportunity to be fitted with the appropriate fall protection equipment and experience climbing several of the training towers at the Sioux Falls Tower & Communication facility under the watchful guidance of the company’s trainers.

Carr’s visit was part of a Great Plains Broadband Tour through the states of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. On Wednesday afternoon, Commissioner Carr also conducted a facility and warehouse site visit to NATE member company Sabre Industries, Inc. in Sioux City, Iowa.

“It was great to host Commissioner Carr today to provide him with a tour of our company’s new training center and visit with the Commissioner about the safety and quality benefits associated with the NWSA’s national worker certification programs,” stated Sioux Falls Tower & Communications President and CEO Craig Snyder.

“NATE appreciates Commissioner Carr and his colleagues who serve on the Commission for their commitment and willingness to get out in the field and receive these hands-on, tangible experiences,” stated Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “Commissioner Carr’s climbing opportunity today serves to reinforce the prominent role that highly-skilled tower technicians play every day to safely deploy infrastructure and enable connectivity in the United States and beyond,” added Schlekeway.

To view a collection of photos from Commissioner Carr’s industry training and climbing experience site visit and his tour of the Sabre Industries facility, go to NATE’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. For more information on the Federal Communications Commission, visit www.fcc.gov. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.

 

(L to R): Todd Thorin (Sioux Falls Tower & Communications and NWSA Practical Examiner); Leland Langstraat (Sioux Falls Tower & Communications), Brandon Foster (Sioux Falls Tower & Communications and NWSA Practical Examiner); FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. 

 

 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr ascends an outdoor communications tower at a climbing experience site visit event in Sioux Falls, SD hosted by NATE, NWSA and Sioux Falls Tower & Communications. 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr reaches the top of the tower during the climbing experience site visit hosted by NATE, NWSA and Sioux Falls Tower & Communications. 
NWSA Practical Examiner Todd Thorin discusses the certification organization's protocol for administering the NWSA's field-based practical assessments with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.  FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr practices his climbing technique on a training tower inside the new Sioux Falls Tower & Communications Training Center. 

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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 830 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Trinidad and the United Kingdom. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.

 

 

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