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NATE Co-Founder and Former Chairman Craig Snyder to Testify at U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing

Posted on: August 30, 2019 Category: NATE News

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August 30, 2019                                                                                               

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NATE Co-Founder and Former Chairman Craig Snyder to Testify at U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing

VIKOR Teleconstruction CEO to Offer Expert Testimony at “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation” Field Hearing

(Sioux Falls, SD) – NATE Co-Founder and Former Chairman Craig Snyder, CEO at VIKOR Teleconstruction, is slated to provide expert witness testimony at an upcoming U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet hearing. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Subcommittee, will convene a hearing entitled “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation” on Thursday, September 5 at 1:30 PM CDT at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is also scheduled to provide witness testimony at the hearing which will examine the innovations high-speed broadband services bring to rural America in a variety of sectors such as agriculture, education, health care, and small business. The hearing will also explore the need to bring additional reliable broadband connectivity to rural America.

Craig Portrait 1During his remarks, Craig Snyder will discuss the prominent role that wireless infrastructure contractors and the technician workforce plays in the country’s efforts to provide broadband coverage and connectivity to rural and underserved areas of the country. As part of his witness testimony, Snyder will also discuss the industry’s labor shortage challenges and highlight some of NATE and the industry’s workforce development initiatives aimed to develop a new pipeline of skilled wireless technicians.

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the “Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation” hearing will be available on Complete details for the hearing are included below.


Transforming Rural America: A New Era of Innovation


The Honorable Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President, Dakota State University

Ms. Deanna Larson, President, Avera eCARE

Mr. Mark Shlanta, Chief Executive Officer, SDN Communications

Mr. Craig Snyder, Chief Executive Officer, VIKOR Teleconstruction

Dr. Michael Adelaine, VP for Technology and Security, South Dakota State University

Hearing Details

Thursday, September 5, 2019
1:30 p.m. CST
Field Hearing
Southeast Technical Institute
2320 North Career Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107


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 905 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. For additional information on NATE, please visit

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