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SWAP Quarterly Newsletter - Issue No. 13

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The Official Quarterly Newsletter of the State Wireless Association Program
Newsletter Issue No. 13: October 6, 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.

1. Message from SWAP
2. PCIA News
3. Association Updates


10/7 - California
6409 Panel/Networking Reception

10/8 - Michigan
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
Joint Fundraising Mixer with WWLF

10/25 & 10/26 - Virginia
Social & 7th Annual Charity Golf Outing

10/27 & 10/28 - HetNet Expo

11/12 - Kentucky

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 - Arizona
Holiday Social

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 - New York
Holiday Social

12/10 - Texas
Holiday Social


3/14 - 3/16
South Wireless Summit
Nashville, TN


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

Ashley Jackson
Manager, State Wireless Association Program

Nancy Chrisman
Director, Industry Relations

The inaugural year of the State Wireless Association membership program with PCIA has gone well and I am excited to announce that the first associations to join, New York State Wireless Association and the New Jersey Wireless Association, have recently renewed their memberships for another year. The Carolinas Wireless Association and the Maryland/DC Wireless Association are newer members and we have several other associations that have expressed interest. Through those discussions however, I realized I need to clarify the following:
  • Associations are not required to join. Membership is optional
  • Custom membership packages can be created to address unique association needs
  • Payment can be made in quarterly installments

I am available to meet with your Executive Team or Board separately to review the presentation and answer any additional questions. Please email me to schedule a date/time.

Government Affairs Update

This quarter, PCIA and SWAP sustained our efforts to implement and defend the FCC’s 2014 Infrastructure Order. PCIA anticipates a spirited oral argument in the case Montgomery County, Maryland v. FCC, the municipal challenge to the FCC’s Infrastructure Order, set for October 28 in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Counsel from PCIA and CTIA will argue to defend the intervenors brief alongside the respondent FCC. PCIA and a working group of municipal organizations continue to work together on model materials to help municipalities implement the Infrastructure Order; a model application to complement the model checklist and ordinance chapter should be available for release soon.

On the state legislative front, PCIA supported passage of Assembly Bill 57 through both houses of the California Assembly, which codifies the FCC’s Shot Clock timeframes for approval of applications to build or modify wireless facilities into state law, with a deemed granted remedy in cases of local inaction. The bill is currently awaiting Governor Brown’s signature, and PCIA sent him a letter supporting its passage. Further, PCIA continued its work before state public utility commissions to fight for better pole attachment regimes. We expect adoption of new pole attachment rules in Washington State by the end of the year; we also vigorously participated in two rounds of comments before the Arkansas Public Service Commission this summer regarding revised attachment rules and will be present at a hearing this October.

At the FCC, PCIA has been coordinating with members regarding additional targeted exclusions from the historic preservation review process for DAS and small cells. In July, the FCC’s Wireless Bureau released a Scoping Document inviting input on a new program alternative to streamline review of small cell and DAS deployments under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. In September, PCIA brought in engineers, those familiar with network design and installation, and advocacy staff to present before the Wireless Bureau regarding the limited impact DAS and small cells have on historic properties. PCIA also filed comments on the Scoping Document on September 28.

HetNet Expo
The HetNet Forum’s annual event, HetNet Expo, is scheduled on October 27 & 28 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. We have an exciting program planned including an impressive line-up of speakers who are experts in our industry. Registration is still open so do not miss the opportunity to network and learn!

Keynote Speakers/Topics
  • Eric Fitzgerald Reed of Verizon
    Consumer and Industry Trends that are Necessitating More Network Densification
  • Asad Rizvi of Nokia Networks
    Programmable World and Networks of the Future
  • Chetan Sharma
    The Evolving World of Connected Intelligence
  • Derek Peterson of Boingo Wireless
    The Mobile Mind Shift – the expectation that people can turn to their smartphones for the answer to everything
  • Marc Ganzi of Digital Bridge Holdings
    Betting Big on Small Cells

Public Safety
HetNet is evolving beyond its traditional commercial cellular boundaries as well. Public-safety officials have access to 700 MHz LTE spectrum, but a new 270-page report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Public Safety Research Program notes that in-building coverage needs to be supplemented with a combination of small cells deployed indoors as well as Cell on Wheels (COWS). Hear from one of the authors of the study, as well as a Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief on challenges facing the public-safety community.

Smart Cities/Internet of Things
Smart Cities and the Internet of Things are buzzwords in the industry today. Experts on the front lines in those fields will share how tangible efforts are being made in those areas, including the U.S. Navy’s Smart Shores initiative and the connected car.

Dive down into the weeds and ask tough questions on HetNet deployments during our "Ask-the-HetNet Experts" panel, using the social media tag #hetnetexperts. Learn best practices on how to tackle the mid-tier market, which still needs robust wireless coverage and capacity, but may need a new business model for successful deployments.

Connected Consumers
Take part in discussions around the connected consumer. This session will focus on what consumers expect from their digital experiences and what they expect to pay for those experiences. Also, new applications will be discussed including those that are designed to not only give consumers the goods and services they want, but also include access to data analytics to better predict their needs going forward.

FCC Regulatory Comments
Going beyond the technical and business challenges facing HetNet Deployments, regulatory challenges continue to exist. Hear from the Federal Communications Commission special counsel on how the government is working to remove barriers to deployments.

Exhibit Hall/Networking
HetNet Expo has set aside ample time for attendees to get up close and personal with new products and services in our Exhibit Hall. Networking opportunities will also be available during our many social events. Check out the entire schedule at


Upcoming Events & Charity Statistics
December 3 - Holiday Social - Valley Ho Hotel, Scottsdale

The Arizona Wireless Association will debut the new website, currently under construction, this month. An eBlast will go out once the site is completed. Be sure to check it out for updates on events and other association news.

Advocacy/Regulatory Updates
California Assembly Bill 57 (wireless telecommunication facilities) has passed both houses of the state legislature and awaits only the Governor's signature, approval without signature or veto. The Governor has 12 days to sign or veto and if he does not take action the bill becomes law.

AB 57 provides that a collocation or siting application for a wireless telecommunications facility is deemed approved if the city or county fails to approve or disapprove the application within the reasonable time periods specified in FCC's 2009 Shot Clock Order (150 days for new site builds and 90 days for collocations), all required public notices have been provided regarding the application, and the applicant has provided a notice to the city or county that the reasonable time period has lapsed.

The bill passed the State Assembly on a vote of 66-8 and the State Senate 28-6, which means it is likely the bill would override a veto.

California has a Permit Streamlining Act (PSA) that, unlike the FCC Shot Clock, includes a deemed approved remedy. The PSA's deadlines are tied to the type of environmental determination required and to the date the determination is made (e.g., 60 days if categorically exempt). There are two problems with the PSA. The first is that the agency can delay the environmental determination and evade the PSA. In addition, the Ninth Circuit recently interpreted the PSA's notice requirements to implicitly require a hearing, complicating and effectively neutering the law. Under AB 57, if a local agency misses the FCC's Shot Clock deadlines and the applicant notifies the agency of the violation, those permits will now be deemed approved.

Once effective, the new law will be a substantial step forward in California.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
October 7 - 6409 Panel/Networking Reception in San Diego
October 21 - Joint Fundraising Mixer with WWLF in Sacramento
December 2 - Holiday Event (Northern California)
December 10 - Holiday Event (Southern California)

Education Updates & Article Submission
The California Wireless Association (CALWA) is having a great year on the education front. We have initiated multiple panel discussions on the FCC's 6409 order and recently held a sold out webinar on how wireless works. The next FCC panel is scheduled for October 7 in San Diego. Contact Executive Director Kari Willis at for more information.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
3rd Quarter Educational Event
The Carolinas Wireless Association (CWA) held our 3rd Quarter Educational Event on September 17 in Raleigh. The evening began with a reception where over 70 industry colleagues spent an hour networking. The attendees then gathered to hear the keynote speeches delivered by Jennifer Fritzsche
, Managing Director in the Equity Research department at Wells Fargo Securities, and Ron Bizick, Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder and Director of Tarpon Towers, LLC.

Victory Junction
On display at the 3rd Quarter Educational Event, were several letters to the CWA Board of Directors from very happy campers who attended a session at Victory Junction over the summer. Generous donations from our sponsors and members at events throughout the year, made it possible for CWA to provide $25,000 to this organization for children to attend the camp. As you can see from Kendra's letter to Board Member Scott Smith, the CWA gave her and other campers an experience they will never forget:

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
December 3 – 4th Quarter Holiday Event - Charlotte
The Speedway Club - Lowes Motor Speedway

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Kentucky Wireless Association (KWA) held its 9th Annual Golf Tournament on September 17 at the Polo Fields Golf Club in Louisville. A Social was held the night before at Drake's. Over 150 wireless professionals played in the tournament and helped us raise $10,000 for the Special Olympics of Kentucky and $2500 for both the Kentucky Humane Society and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.

Craig Thieman, President of the KWA, Brad-Special Olympics Ambassador,
Trish Mazzoni-CEO-Special Olympics of KY

Thanks to everyone who attended and to our Title Sponsor, Crown Castle, as well as our Gold Sponsors, POD, GPD and General Dynamics. We could not make such generous donations without your continued support.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
November 12th - Holiday Social at Churchill Downs.
Register at:

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
This year Michigan Wireless Association (MWA) members have renewed their commitment to helping those less fortunate in our state. We are proud to say that we contributed $32,500 to a SE Michigan Food Bank, Volunteers of America, Child and Family Services of Michigan's, "Operation Good Cheer" program and Michigan Education Trust's "Fostering Future's" program. This almost doubles our previous years contributions and we still have 3.5 months to go!

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
October 8 - Educational Event - "Implementation of Small Cell Technology"
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Register at

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics

The New England Wireless Association's (NEWA) 9th Annual Charity Golf Event benefiting Heidrea for Heroes was a smashing success! Everyone had a fantastic time and Mother Nature only provided wind and no rain for which we were all grateful.

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and members for their continued support of NEWA and our charity, Heidrea for Heroes who offers assistance for Veterans in need. Special thanks goes to our Event Chair and NEWA Treasurer-Kellie Dunn for organizing the event again this year.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The New Jersey Wireless Association (NJWA) held its 3rd Quarter Educational Event on October 1 at the Morristown Hyatt. The event was attended by over 150 industry professionals who braved the weather to enjoy networking, education and dinner. The event kicked-off at 3pm with an educational session followed by a panel of municipal officials ready to answer questions relating to the wireless industry, getting through the process quickly, requirements and other issues including zoning and permitting.

Peter Broy of Crown Castle and he’s discussing permitting issues regarding DAS nodes.

A highlight of the evening was presenting Little Kids Rock with a check for $25,000! This donation will enable them to provide over 1,000 underprivileged kids in New Jersey with music education, support and instruments. They are extremely grateful by being selected as this year’s charity and by the amount of the donation, which will help them to continue doing their important work.

Thank you to all our sponsors, members and those that have attended our events. Your support and generosity is hugely appreciated and will make a difference in the lives of some kids in the New Jersey who need it most.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information

Save-the-date for our Holiday Social Event Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Sheraton/Atlantic City.


NJWA will be unveiling a new logo. Look for an overhaul of our website along with our new look in the next few months.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
Thank you to all who supported and attended the New York State Wireless Association's (NYSWA) 2015 Fall Charity Golf Classic on September 17 benefitingWarriors4Wireless. It was a sunny 83 degree day with just a slight wind so the weather was perfect and the event enjoyed by all. NYSWA's Network for the Network Social the night before the charity golf classic was well attended. Look for more Network for the Network Socials coming soon to a city near you.

NYSWA was pleased to support the New England Wireless Association's (NEWA) Golf Outing on October 1 at Cross Winds Golf Club in Plymouth, MA. NYSWA President, Christopher Fisher and several other NYSWA Board members participated and had a great day networking with NEWA members.

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
December 10 - Annual Holiday Social - Ukrainian Institute of America
Sponsorship and Registration information will be available shortly.


If you are not already a member of NYSWA, please click here for information about joining. Click here for all other NYSWA news including details about events and sponsorship opportunities.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics

The Pennsylvania Wireless Association (PWA) raised $30,000 for charities at their 10th Anniversary Golf Outing at Broad Run Golf Course in West Chester, PA on September 4. The Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital received $20,000 which makes the total donation over the past ten years over $160,000! PWA also made $5,000 donations to the Hubble Foundation and to the veteran's support group Heidrea for Heroes.

Board Members Adam Cummins, PWA President Chris Pleibel and
a representative from Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Another PWA golf outing was held on September 24 in the western region (first time!) of the Commonwealth at the Pittsburgh Golf Club in Bakerstown, PA. Proceeds will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Pittsburgh.

Finally, due to Hurricane Joaquin, the BikeMS City-to-Shore event was cancelled. However, that did not stop us from making a $6000 donation to MS.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The Tennessee Wireless Association (TWA) had its 11th Annual Jon Hastings Memorial Golf Tournament on September 1, 2015. Tower Ventures was the Title Sponsor. This year over 185 wireless professionals attended and we were able to raise over $42,000 for the Pearl Pointe Cancer Research Association. Our tournament is named in memory of the TWA's first President, Jon Hastings, who passed away from cancer in 2004. TWA was also the first wireless association formed.

Leanne Bryan and Carrie Cornelius

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
December 8th - Holiday Social
Stay tuned for venue and time announcements. The event will be held in Franklin, TN.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
Texas Wireless Association Summer Heats Up With BBQ and Networking!
Thanks to all the folks that made the heat (a little) “cooler” by attending the TXWA/RCR Summer Social in July. RCR hosted the packed event from their brand new studio located in the heart of bustling downtown Austin. So many attended this event that the crowd spilled into every room where RCR set up cameras, sound, and even a place for the live band! TXWA President Jeff Lewis addressed the crowd while streaming live on the web to promote TXWA and RCR Wireless. TXWA is looking forward to the possibility of promoting another event like this in the future.

Live entertainment at the TXWA/RCR Summer Social

We are proud to announce the winners of the TXWA & South Wireless Summit Fall Scholarships:

TXWA would like to congratulate Hannah Martindale as a recipient of the 2015 TXWA Fall Scholarship. Hannah will be a Freshman at Tarleton State University this Fall where she is pursuing a degree in Nursing. Hannah’s discipline and success in her academic achievements has earned her acceptance into the Honors College program at Tarleton.

Hannah spends her free time feeding her thirst to consistently learn new things and giving back to the community. You can find Hannah singing as an officer of her Youth Choir, out at the range shooting skeet with the North Texas Shooting team, taking Cake Decorating Classes, or running her own business, Hannah’s Hugs, (caregiver to children - blending baby sitting with mentoring and tutoring).

Hannah has a vast array of talents and passions in addition to an academic aptitude and TXWA is proud to award $3,000 towards her goal in becoming a Neonatal Nurse. Congratulations Hannah!

On behalf of the TXWA, the Scholarship Committee would like to congratulate Sarah Mosier on winning the 2nd $3,000 TXWA Fall Scholarship. Sarah will be a junior with Magna Cum Laude status at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor (UMHB) and is majoring in Nursing.

Sarah is extremely selfless and loves giving back to the community to help those in need. She makes meals for the homeless, leads and mentors as a camp Counselor, goes on many mission trips to help those abroad and finally supports those who need help from the 2011 Bastrop fires.

Sarah is also an athlete and is on numerous intramural teams at UMHB including softball, indoor/outdoor volleyball and most notably basketball where they brought home the championship this past year!

Coming from a family involved in the telecommunications industry there has always been an emphasis on technology and the ability to harness it to enhance quality of life, education and the ability to connect within the community. The TXWA knows we will see great achievements from Sarah and the 2015 Fall Scholarship is well deserved. Congratulations Sarah!

Joshua Smith - South Wireless Summit

Congratulations to Joshua Smith for winning the South Wireless Summit 2015 Fall Scholarship. Josh will be a Sophomore at the University of Texas in Austin majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He will be tackling a full course load of Engineering classes this year, as well as doing an internship with a world leader in military aerospace products! This internship will enable him to gain hands-on experience with engineering applications and data sets where attention to detail is paramount. It will also allow him to see first-hand the implications mistakes can make on the product and business.

Josh also enjoys an array of extracurricular activities such as wake boarding, dirt biking, hunting and playing guitar. Josh is certainly a multi-faceted individual who is driven to lead and there is no doubt we will be hearing of future success stories. Congratulations Joshua and good luck in your future endeavors!

Stay tuned: We will begin accepting applications for the TXWA Spring 2016 Scholarships on November 1!

Upcoming Events & Registration Information

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

TXWA Safety Committee Meeting
The TXWA Safety Committee met at the TXWA/RCR TV Studios event last month in Austin. Members of the Committee met prior to the event and acknowledged that the committees goals set earlier in the year had been achieved including the main goal - creation of the Safety Corner tab on the TXWA web page and loading documents to the page. The next meeting will be in conjunction with the TXWA Fall Golf Tournament. Stay tuned for more updates.

Climb Safely my Friends!

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
The Virginia Wireless Association (VAWA) is hosting its 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, October 26 at Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club, Virginia Beach, benefiting Warriors4Wireless and Hopecam. PLEASE NOTE that the tournament, originally scheduled for October 5, was moved due to Hurricane Joaquin. All Hilton reservations need to be changed (rate will be honored) or cancelled if you can no longer attend.

The VAWA Network Social will be on Sunday, October 25 from 5 - 7pm at the Hilton Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. A contribution will be made to the VA Beach chapter of Project Lifesaver.

Click here for more information. Online registration is now closed.

Advocacy/Regulatory Updates
The Wisconsin Wireless Association (WiWA) is exhibiting at the 117th Annual League of Wisconsin Municipalities Annual Conference, October 28, in Milwaukee. It has been a great way to build our relationship with local governments and help create awareness of infrastructure needs for emerging deployments such as small cells and FirstNet.

Recent Event Success & Charity Statistics
The 7th annual WiWA Brewer tailgate fundraiser was another record breaking success, with 120 attendees, 24 sponsors, and an exciting bean bag tournament, not to mention fabulous raffle prizes such as sports tickets, an iPad and an Apple Watch. Thank you to our exclusive tailgate sponsor, Nexius, and to Board Secretary Michelle Phaneuf for coordinating this event.

This quarter WiWA also presented a $10,000 donation to the Pediatric First Responder project, bringing our total donations to over $40,000. Elizabeth Davy, chair of the project, commented in her thank you letter: "WiWA's support through the years has positively impacted and improved the care ill and injured children receive in Wisconsin! Thank you for joining us in making a difference in this life-saving project!"

Upcoming Events & Registration Information
All Aboard for WiWA's 8th annual Holly Jolly Trolley tour of Milwaukee, coming up on December 3. Details, registration, and sponsorship opportunities will available in October at

Board nominations and elections are coming up in November and December. There will be two seats open. Let us know if you are interested in joining the board by sending an email to

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