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NAB, Others Urge Hill to Fund Tower Crew Training

Say it is key to 5G and ATSC 3.0 buildouts and closing digital divide

Facing 5G wireless buildouts, broadcast next gen (ATSC 3.0) buildouts and the C-band transition, communications associations are pushing Congress to pass legislation to help train the workforce that is needed for those infrastructure deployments.

That came in a letter to congressional leaders from associations including the National Association of Broadcasters; CTIA, the wireless association; and CCA, the competitive carriers association.

They said the shortage of properly trained workers jeopardizes those buildouts, which impedes the closure of the digital divide. “The ongoing pandemic illustrates so clearly how essential our industry and our workforce are, with so many Americans forced to work, study and play remotely. But we cannot do all that is necessary without an adequate supply of workers,” they said.

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