Right now, millions of Americans are relying more than ever before on the internet infrastructure that our nation’s tower crews build and maintain. Many Americans are working from home, helping our kids with distance learning, or accessing telehealth while we stay at home during this COVID-19 pandemic. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has been recognizing the contributions of America’s hard-working tower techs through a series of 5G Ready Hard Hat presentations.
To mark the annual Tower Technician Appreciation Day on May 6, Carr released his most recent ‘5G Ready’ Hard Hat presentation — to veteran and tower climber Jessica Reich. Carr climbed with Reich in February, when he attended the NATE conference. The presentation is available here.
“America’s tower climbers are the best of the best,” Carr stated. “And Jessica exemplifies everything about the skill, dedication, and professionalism that it takes to get the job done. Jessica stands out among the talented techs that work in America’s tower industry,” Carr added.
“She is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Reserves, including a year in Afghanistan. She’s a former professional violinist, firefighter, EMT, teacher, and small business owner. She has climbed over 1,000 feet to work on communications towers. And I had the chance to see first-hand the expertise she brings to the job on a climb earlier this year. I am proud to recognize her achievements with this 5G Ready Hard Hat Presentation,” Carr stated.
Carr’s first recognition, to Shama Ray, a tower climber and volunteer for a non-profit that expands opportunities for women in the wireless industry, is available here.
His second, to Brandon Foster and Ammon Snyder, which recognizes their professionalism and dedication to training the next generation of tower techs, is available here.
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