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The Official Quarterly Newsletter of the State Wireless Association Program
Newsletter Issue No. 12: June 30, 2015

Welcome to the SWAP Quarterly Newsletter. Each quarter we aggregate content submitted by
State Wireless Associations (SWAs) to inform, educate and inspire. Submit your content online for inclusion in the next issue or contact us anytime.



IN THE NEWS
1. Message from SWAP
2. PCIA News
3. Association Updates


EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE
7/16 - Colorado
1st Annual Alan Woydziak Memorial Golf Tournament

7/16 - Pennsylvania
Educational Series - Towers vs. Technology


7/16 - Kentucky
Non-Sponsored Happy Hour

7/23 - Mississippi
Summer Social


7/23 - Texas
BBQ, Business & Brew

7/23 & 7/24 - Illinois
9th Annual Summer Networking Event & Charity Golf Outing


7/30 - California
Southern CA Mixer

7/30 - Wisconsin
Brewer-Cub Tailgate

8/12 - Ohio
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Event & Summer Social

8/13 - Ohio
16th Annual Ohio Wireless Open

8/13 - Nebraska/Iowa
Golf Invitational

8/20 - Colorado
Networking Event

8/31 - Tennessee
Social

9/1 - Tennessee
11th Annual John Hastings Memorial Golf Tournament

September TBD - Minnesota
7th Annual Golf Outing


9/17 - Carolinas
3rd Quarter Event

9/17 - Kentucky
Golf Event

9/17 - Maryland/DC
7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

9/17 - New York
Fall Charity Golf Classic

9/24 - Georgia
Volunteer Opportunity with The Atlanta Community Foodbank


9/24 - Missouri/Kansas
Annual Golf Tournament


9/24 - Pennsylvania
1st Annual Golf Outing


9/24 - Texas
Fall Golf Tournament & Social

9/30 - Florida
Happy Hour

10/1 - Florida
10th Annual Charity Golf Classic

10/1 - California
Golf Tournament

10/1 - New England
Annual Charity Golf Outing

10/1 - New Jersey
3rd Quarter Educational Event

10/3 - Pennsylvania
BikeMS - City-to-Shore 2015

10/5 - Virginia
7th Annual Charity Golf Outing

10/7 - California
Educational Event

10/14 & 10/15 - Arkansas/Oklahoma
Fall Charity Golf & Poker Event


10/15 - Louisiana/Mississippi
8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

10/15 - Nevada
Golf Tournament

10/20 - Georgia
Annual Charity Golf Classic

10/21 - California
Northern CA Education Event

11/12 - Kentucky
Social

11/18 - New Jersey
Holiday Social

12/2 - California
Northern CA Holiday Event


12/2 - Georgia
Holiday Social

12/2 - Illinois
Annual Holiday Social & Casino Night

12/3 - Carolinas
Holiday Event

12/3 - Louisiana
Winter Social Reception

12/3 - Wisconsin
Holly Jolly Trolley Tour


12/8 - Tennessee
Holiday Social


12/9 - Nevada
Holiday Party


12/10 - California
Southern CA Holiday Event

12/10 - Maryland/DC
Holiday Social

12/10 - Mississippi
Holiday Social

12/10 - Texas
Holiday Social


CONTRIBUTORS


-As Government Affairs Counsel for PCIA- The Wireless Infrastructure Association, Van Bloys handles state & local advocacy issues, including outreach to municipalities to coordinate dialogue among industry and local stakeholders, as well as educational efforts regarding the interaction among federal, state and local laws.

-As director of the HetNet Forum at PCIA- The Wireless Infrastructure Association, Tracy Ford works with members on strategies and programs to continue to advance DAS as a viable compliment to traditional macro cell sites and a solution to the deployment of wireless services in challenging environments.

CONTACT

Contact the State Wireless Association Program with questions or comments about this newsletter.

Ashley Jackson
Manager, State Wireless Association Program

ashley.jackson@pcia.com

Nancy Chrisman
Director, Industry Relations

chrisman@pcia.com


MESSAGE FROM SWAP
I am excited to welcome the Maryland/DC Wireless Association as a new member of PCIA at the SWAP membership level! They join New York, New Jersey and the Carolinas as the first associations to become members since the program launched last year. If your association is interested in learning more, please contact me to set up an informational conference call.

The Wireless Infrastructure Show in Hollywood, FL was a huge success, with over 2300 industry colleagues in attendance! I enjoyed seeing many of you and hearing your great ideas regarding how to better serve the State Wireless Association community. I always appreciate the input! Finally, a big thanks to all of the State Wireless Association members who helped staff the SWAP booth during Exhibit Hours. Your continued support is appreciated!

PCIA NEWS
Government Affairs Update
This quarter, PCIA and SWAP continued working to help implement and defend the FCC’s 2014 Infrastructure Order. On May 18, the Office of Management and Budget approved the remaining rules implementing Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act. Included in that approval were Sections 1.40001(c)(3)(i), 1.40001(c)(3)(iii), and 1.40001(c)(4), addressing the tolling of timeframes for review of eligible facilities requests and the failure to act by local jurisdictions (deemed granted remedy).

On June 8, PCIA and CTIA filed a joint intervenors brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals defending the Infrastructure Order, which was challenged by a group of municipal petitioners led by law firm Best Best & Krieger. In the brief, PCIA and CTIA argued that (1) the Infrastructure Order is a targeted remedy to address state and local obstruction of infrastructure siting, and is critical to achieving the national policy goals in Section 6409(a); (2) as the expert agency charged with implementing Section 6409(a), the FCC’s statutory interpretation is entitled to deference; and (3) both Section 6409(a) and the Infrastructure Order are constitutional. We expect oral arguments to take place this fall.

Further, PCIA and a working group of municipal organizations continued progress toward additional model materials to help municipalities implement the Infrastructure Order, which we expect will be available for release soon.

On the state legislative front, PCIA applauded the passage of legislation in Iowa and Indiana that streamlines the siting of wireless facilities. In Iowa, the Iowa Cell Siting Act (House File 655): (1) limits application fees and materials; (2) codifies the FCC’s Shot Clock timeframes with deemed granted remedies in cases of local inaction; (3) requires lease agreements for siting on public lands to be market rate with 20 year terms; and (4) improves access to utility poles for communications facilities. In Indiana, House Bill 1318: (1) sets common definitions for terms, including a PCIA-crafted, volume-based definition for small cells; (2) limits application fees and materials; (3) codifies the FCC’s Shot Clock timeframes with deemed granted remedies in cases of local inaction; and (4) improves access to rights-of-way for communications facilities. PCIA is also tracking pending legislation in California, where proposed Assembly Bill 57 codifies the FCC’s Shot Clock timeframes with deemed granted remedies in cases of local inaction.

HETNET FORUM
HetNet Expo
HetNet Expo is set to take place October 27 & 28 at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, California. HetNet Expo will offer two days of comprehensive programming on both indoor and outdoor small-cell, Wi-Fi and DAS solutions and unique case studies to nearly 1,000 attendees from across the wireless ecosystem. Our audience includes wireless operators, IT venue managers, third-party neutral host operators, system integrators and OEMs that are building out today's wireless networks.

The Call for Speakers for the 2015 HetNet Expo is now open. We invite you to submit a proposal to speak at one of our sessions. To be considered for a speaking slot, proposals and speaker information must be received through this web-based form. The deadline to apply is July 10.

Participation
Tracy Ford, Director HetNet Forum, moderated the panel “WiFi/DAS/Small Cell - Wireless Disrupters or Natural Evolution?” at the recent New York State Wireless Association Wireless Forum on June 17 in New York City. Other HetNet Forum members on the panel included Mike Whitley of ExteNet Systems, Ezra Hug of AT&T and Allen Dixon from H&M Networks.

The HetNet Forum and its members presented at several other events this quarter including:

* The Campus Technology Forum in Long Beach (“Tackling the Mobile Data Tsunami with Cellular and Wi-Fi on Campus”)
* CAACUTA’s Annual Conference in Atlanta
* TIA Inside the Network event in Dallas

STATE ASSOCIATION UPDATES

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The 12th Annual Alabama Wireless Association (AWA) Charity Golf Classic presented by Crown Castle and SMW Engineering was held on Thursday, June 11 at Oxmoor Valley Golf Course in Birmingham, AL. The course, which is part of the legendary Alabama Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, provided a challenge to all 155 golfers and lived up to its reputation.

Proceeds from the Tournament will benefit The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs. The Bell Center is a non-profit agency serving families throughout central Alabama. Since 1984, The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs has provided quality early intervention services in a center-based program in Birmingham. Here, infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delay receive services from trans-disciplinary teams which include a physical
therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist and an early childhood special education teacher as each child works on specific individual developmental goals.

Through the continued support of the wireless community, the AWA has been able to raise $20,000 for The Bell Center this year. Over the past ten years, the AWA has helped raise over $136,000 for The Bell Center and other charities in the area. We invite you and your company to be a part of this Tournament in the future so AWA can continue to provide support to the families and children of central Alabama.

Other
AWA has launched our new website at www.alwireless.org. It provides updates and information about upcoming events and how to get involved with the Alabama Wireless Association. Check it out today!


Recent Events & Charity Statistics

Wente Vineyards
The California Wireless Association (CALWA) hosted a successful event on May 14 at Wente Vineyards in Northern California. It was a great day of golf, education, and networking.

The luncheon, where Taron Gupta from Google Fiber Team spoke on vendor deployment challenges, was "standing room only." David Cohen, PhD, RPA, Senior Cultural Resource Specialist and Senior Regulatory Compliance Manager at Caldwell Compliance also presented on preserving history, culture, and the environment in the wake of H-Net expansion and data offloading.

The evening concluded with a networking social in the wine caves. An incredible day that would not have been possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors.

Summer Social
CALWA kicked-off the summer with a social networking event in Southern California on June 18 at Javiers-Cantina in Newport Beach. More summer events are planned, so be sure to check the website for details.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
CALWA's Golf Tournament is planned for October 1 at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. All the details including registration and sponsorship information will be available on the website soon.

The remaining events scheduled in 2015 are as follows:
July 30 - Mixer (Southern California)
August - Mixer & Fundraiser with Women in Wireless Leadership Forum (Sacramento, CA)
October 1 - Golf Tournament (Arroyo Trabuco)
October 7 - 6409 Panel/Event in San Diego
October 21 - Education Event (Northern California)
December 2 - Holiday event (Northern California)
December 10 - Holiday event (Southern California)


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Carolinas Wireless Association (CWA) held its 10th Annual Charity Golf Event once again in Pinehurst at the Resort & Spa on May 20. We welcomed 326 golfers on three of Pinehurst’s most beautiful courses, with 38 getting to play on the famed Pinehurst #2. The activities kick-off with a social the evening before at the Donald Ross Grill where everyone enjoyed great food while networking with colleagues.

While the golf and networking event was fun and well-attended, the real success was being able to present a check in the amount of $22,500 to Chad Coltrane, President & CEO of our charity partner, Victory Junction. This is our fifth year supporting this great organization and it was really special to have Chad and Ethan Hodge, a Victory Junction camper, at the event to accept the donation. This was our largest donation since the CWA was formed 10 years ago and was only possible due to the incredible commitment we have from our members, volunteers and generosity of our sponsors.

Pictured from left to right: Kent Van Riper, Chad Coltrane, Nichole Connor, Ethan Hodge, Danny Agresta, Mitzi Parker, Scott Smith & Joel McMillan

Thank you again for helping make the CWA a truly dedicated organization that not only provides a unified voice in state and local legislative matters impacting the industry, but also supports the local community in such a meaningful way.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
September 17 – 3rd Quarter Education Event
Raleigh – Venue to be determined
December 3 – 4th Quarter Holiday Event
Charlotte – Venue to be determined


Upcoming Events & Registration Information
The Colorado Wireless Association (COWA) is hosting the 1st Annual Alan Woydziak Memorial Golf Tournament on July 16 at The Ridge at Castle Pines North. The event will benefit our new charity partner, Warriors4Wireless, and is selling out quickly. Click here for all the details including registration and sponsorship information. We hope to see you there.

Other
The 2015 Executive Team for COWA is:
President – Bert Hamlin
Vice President – Juliette Hamer
Secretary – Janet Rinaldi
Treasurer – Ryan Pruette

Please contact us with any questions via the website by clicking here.


Upcoming Events & Registration Information
The Illinois State Wireless Association's (ILSWA) 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing on Friday, July 24 is now sold out! However, registration for the Summer Networking event on July 23 is still open. Register online at www.ilswa.org.


Advocacy/Regulatory Updates
Iowa Passes Statewide Tower Siting Rules
The State of Iowa has passed a “uniform state rules” to govern how local governments handle applications for cell tower sites. The bill will forbid cities and counties from requiring companies to show there is a growing customer demand in the area or require the companies to remove existing towers before adding more. The bill will also give the cities and counties 150 days to make a decision about a tower application, and after that timeframe, if no decision has been made, the application will automatically be approved.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Nebraska-Iowa Wireless Association (NE-IA) held an educational event in Des Moines, IA on May 21 at Principal Park. The Conference at the Clubhouse included discussion on:
1) The future of Technology with Ahmed Osman with US Cellular
2) Mount Safety with Brandon Chapman with Site Pro 1
3) Safety with JP Jones with Safety LMS.

The event concluded with an Iowa Cubs baseball game!


Upcoming Events & Registration Information
New England Wireless Association (NEWA) will be hosting our Annual Charity Golf Outing at CrossWinds Golf Club in beautiful Plymouth, MA on Thursday, October 1. We are still in the planning stages but please consider being a sponsor for this exciting event!

Please contact Tara Rand @ 781-771-2266/tara.rand@crowncastle.com with questions.

Other
The NEWA Board of Directors has elected Officers for 2015 as follows:

President-Tara Rand
Vice President-Mark Appel
Secretary-Ben Revette
Treasurer-Kellie Dunn

We welcome your ideas and suggestions as we continue to grow the New England Wireless Association.


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The New Jersey Wireless Association (NJWA) held their 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing on June 2 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The sold-out event was played in “British Open” style weather, but that did not dampen the spirits of the participants or spectators on the course. An awards ceremony followed play and a great time was had by all.

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who made the event such a success!

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
October 1 – 3rd Quarter Educational Event
November 18 – 4th Quarter Holiday Social
Details regarding both will be available on the website shortly!


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
Over 400 industry professionals attended New York State Wireless Association’s (NYSWA) bi-annual Wireless Forum 2015 held on June 16 & 17 in New York City at Chelsea Piers! The sold-out, two day event offered a DAS Site Infrastructure Tour, Opening Reception, Educational Sessions, Exhibitor Hours and a Closing Reception. It was a huge success with attendees from around the Country.

The activities kicked-off with a DAS Site Infrastructure Tour at the New York by Gehry building in lower Manhattan. Attendees were escorted through several floors of the building that included a trip to the roof to view the beautiful skyline. Thanks to ExteNet Systems and Forest City Ratner Companies who sponsored the tour and made it possible for almost 100 participants to see this amazing building and its DAS wireless network.

Next, the Opening Reception, sponsored by AMP Communications at Tao Downtown, provided a great networking opportunity for over 250 industry colleagues. The sold-out crowd enjoyed a fun atmosphere and delicious food for several hours in the city that never sleeps!

Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO, got the Forum started by delivering the opening breakfast keynote, followed by Jim Young, COO of Crown Castle for the luncheon keynote. The closing keynote of the day was Jessica Zufolo, Director of Federal Grants Strategy & Coordination for FirstNet followed by a closing cocktail reception on the terrace overlooking the Hudson River.

Between the keynotes the day was filled four educational panels: National, State and NYC Policies Driving the Wireless Sector, 5G & Beyond: Emerging Technology, WiFi/DAS/Small Cell - Wireless Disrupters or Natural Evolution and Financial Trends and Forecasts for Wireless Services and with visits to the Forum Exhibit Hall.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers for your generous support and time. We look forward to seeing you at NYSWA's next Wireless Forum in 2017!

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
Save the Date for the Fall Charity Golf Classic scheduled on September 17 at the Ravenwood Golf Club in Rochester. Also, we will celebrate the holidays in New York City once again at the Ukrainian Institute of America on the evening of December 10. More details about both events will be available on the website soon!


Upcoming Events & Registration Information
The Ohio Wireless Association (OWA) is excited to announce that the 15th Annual Ohio Wireless Open will be held on August 13 at the beautiful Kinsale Golf Club in Powell, OH. We are expecting a full field of golfers, so be sure to register as soon as possible. There will also be a Social the evening before at the Rude Dog Bar in Polaris. Complete details including registration and sponsorship information are available on the website. Contact Kevin Philip (kphilip@capitaltelecom.com ) or Todd Boyer (tboyer@towerco.com) with questions!

New this year, is an opportunity to help Habitat for Humanity at their Donation Processing Center in Columbus, OH for a few hours before the Social on Thursday, August 12. Volunteers are needed to help unload donations, help customers load their purchases into their vehicles, assist ReStore staff with marking the price on items and organizing merchandise in various departments of the ReStore.

Working in the ReStore is a hands-on experience in a warehouse atmosphere, so they do require that volunteers dress accordingly. Volunteers will want to wear comfortable clothing that they do not mind getting dirty or possibly damaged. Volunteers must wear soled shoes (work boots or tennis shoes). Absolutely no open toed or open heeled shoes are permitted.

Please RSVP to: Deb Battaglia - dbattaglia@lcclaw.net or call 724-350-1000. You will be required to sign a waiver.

We look forward to seeing everyone in August!


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Pennsylvania Wireless Association (PWA) hosted their Spring Shoot on June 8 and it was a terrific success! Over 100 participants had a great time testing their shooting skills and networking with colleagues. The best part though, was being able to donate the proceeds to our favorite charities!

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
PWA Educational Series presents:
July 16 - Towers vs. Technology
National Constitution Center, downtown Philadelphia
September 24 - 1st Annual PWA Golf Outing in Pittsburgh
September 3 - Annual PWA Golf Outing in Philadelphia
October 3 - BikeMS City-to-Shore

Information regarding all the above events is available at http://pawireless.org.


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Texas State Wireless Association (TXWA) Spring Social & Charity Golf Tournament was held on April 8 & 9 in Dallas and a great time was had by all. We would like to extend a big TEXAS thank you to the TXWA Networking Committee, all of our generous sponsors, volunteers and participants who helped make this event a huge success! Proceeds from the event will be used to award two (2) college scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each and TXWA will be presenting a donation in the amount of $20,000 to Operation Finally Home. Once again, because of our great members we are able to do great things. Thank you for participating in the Spring event and we hope you enjoyed what turned out to be a beautiful day for golf, comradery and networking.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
Thursday, July 23
TXWA Summer Social in Austin
RCR Studio Lounge, 301 E. Chicon St Suite E Austin, TX 78703
RCR Wireless News and TXWA invite you to mix and mingle with colleagues and meet new industry professionals while enjoying delicious local BBQ, live music, and some brews. You do not want to miss this party! RSVP to networking@txwa.org

Thursday, September 24
TXWA Fall Golf Tournament
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa Hotel in Montgomery, TX 77356
10:00am - Registration
11:00am - Shot gun start
After Golf - Awards Ceremony and Social

Thursday, December 10
TXWA Holiday Social
Texas Motor Speedway – more details to come!

Other
Texas State Wireless Association Scholarship
TXWA is proud to offer up to two (2) scholarships for the Fall Semester for $3,000 each. In order to qualify, the student must be a relative or family member of a TXWA member. Visit www.txwa.org for the scholarship application and for additional details.
The deadline to apply is July 15!


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Virginia Wireless Association (VWA) hosted their Spring Social on May 7 in Alexandria. Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA), was the guest speaker who shared his perspective on “The Future of Wireless Infrastructure: Deployment, Regulatory, and Business Trends".


Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association
Upcoming Events & Registration Information
Save-the-Date for the VAWA Golf Event scheduled on October 5 at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. Details including registration and sponsorship information will be available shortly on the website.


Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Wisconsin Wireless Association’s (WiWA) annual telecom education conference in Madison featured “FirstNet: Enhancing Public Safety with Wireless Networks.” Jeremy Zollo of FirstNet provided a great keynote address to an industry and government audience of 110.

In addition to Mr. Zollo, other panelists included Sheriff Matt Joski & Tom Czaja of the Wisconsin Interoperability Council; Kevin Lemke of Motorola; and Steve Dubberstein of Communications Service. They discussed topics such as need, technology, deployment and collaboration.

WiWA appreciated the support of our 22 Sponsors, especially our Exhibitor Sponsors: Wisconsin Independent Network -WIN and LCC Telecom Services.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
It is almost time for WiWA’s traditional Milwaukee Brewers Tailgate Fundraiser for Pediatric Bags. This year’s 7th annual event will feature the Chicago Cubs taking on the Milwaukee Brewers from Miller Park. Enjoy a beanbag tournament, raffles, good food and drink and exciting major league baseball.

Last year’s event had record attendance so do not miss out on all the fun! Registration and Sponsorship information is available on the WiWA website - www.wisconsinwireless.org.


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