NATE Celebrates Tower Technician Appreciation Day
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 | Comments

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) celebrated Tower Technician Appreciation Day May 5.

“NATE is honored to proclaim Wednesday, May 5, 2021, as Tower Technician Appreciation Day in order to highlight the immense contributions that these skilled professionals provide to the industry,” said NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “Over the last 14 months alone, tower technicians have demonstrated their essential roles to the country’s economy by deploying the 5G and broadband infrastructure and related networks while simultaneously navigating a global pandemic. These men and women are true heroes and the MVPs of the industry in my book.”

For the fifth consecutive year, NATE set aside the day to pay tribute to the important work that communications infrastructure technicians conduct on a daily basis to enable a connected world.

“Tower technicians are too often underappreciated for the critical role they play in keeping the nation connected,” said Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “The networks they enable helped keep our entire economy afloat during the pandemic. Their challenging work allows first responders to protect the public, enables loved ones to reach one another, and in so many other ways, has made wireless a reliable part of our daily lives. WIA is proud to support their career development through the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program that is designed to help tower technicians and others in the industry perform their jobs as safely and as effectively as possible. We thank NATE for spearheading this day of recognition.”

NATE encouraged member companies and industry stakeholders to use the day to host recognition events within their respective organizations to pay tribute to the technicians they employ. The association also encourages companies to incorporate #TowerTechAppreciationDay into social media posts throughout the day.

“The wireless industry is committed to keeping Americans connected, and no one embodies that quite like the men and women who climb towers every day to keep our networks running, expand capacity and build the infrastructure to help America lead the emerging 5G economy,” said CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker. “I am particularly proud of the role they’ve played over the past year, working long hard hours out in the field, so we could stay safe at home, connected to our jobs, our schools, and our friends and families.”

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