News Story Archive


FCC Approves Balloons to Restore Connectivity in PR
October 18, 2017 – FCC grants an experimental license for Project Loon, to help provide emergency cell service in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

How Towers Predict Stormy Weather
October 13, 2017 – Telecom data can help track how much rain is falling at any given time and help assist with forecasting. Some newer networks can detect humidity and fog.

Signal Hill Tower Has Been Stacked
October 6, 2017 – The tower at Signal Hill Park in Manassas, VA has been stacked. The community will benefit from the enhanced cellular coverage, and the City of Manassas Park will receive 40% of all gross revenue generated from carriers locating on the cell tower. Read More >>

Metz Tower Has Been Stacked
October 5, 2017 – The new tower at Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas, VA, has been stacked. Manassas City Public Schools will receive 40% of all gross revenue generated from carriers locating on the cell tower.

AT&T Creates Website to Help Locate People in Puerto Rico
October 2, 2017 – The website will let anyone stateside (regardless of carrier) to register the cell phone number of a family member or friend who is an AT&T wireless customer in Puerto Rico.

Metz Foundation is Completed
September 29, 2017 – Milestone has completed the foundation at the Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas, VA. Manassas City Public Schools will receive 40% of all gross revenue generated from carriers locating on the cell tower.

Signal Hill Foundation is Completed
September 27, 2017 – Milestone has completed the foundation at Signal Hill Park in Manassas, VA, and ahead of schedule! A 135’ monopole is planned to be constructed.

FCC Finalizes Technical Criteria to Evaluate States FirstNet Opt-Out Plans
September 25, 2017 – The FCC finalized the technical criteria they will use to evaluate plans from the states that elect to opt-out of the network that will be deployed by the First Responder Network Authority.

Communication in Puerto Rico Knocked Out by Hurricane Maria
September 22, 2017 – The Federal Communications Commission reported on Thursday afternoon that almost all of the cell sites on Puerto Rico were out of service.

FirstNet Board Approves $73M+ Budget
September 19, 2017 – The budget is for developments that support operation and oversight of the network, as well as customer outreach, product marketing, and future improvements.

Cell Towers Being Restored After Irma
September 16, 2017 – The FCC reported that more than 85 percent of cell towers in a six-county area of Central Florida regained power by midday Wednesday.

CTIA, T-Mobile Urge FCC to Keep WEA ‘Blue Alert’ Simple
September 13, 2017 – Blue Alerts, meant to signal a police officer is in danger, can be transmitted to cell phones and wireless devices, broadcast stations, and more – in the same way Amber Alerts are issued.

Irma Clobbers Cell Tower Sites In Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
September 11, 2017 – Hurricane Irma has knocked out more than 50 percent of the cell tower sites in the 44 counties of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands being reported to the FCC.

Time to Think Beyond Cloud Computing
September 10, 2017 – With service providers expanding their networks of cell towers and base station to accommodate their build-outs of new 5G networks, they could be seizing the opportunity to add server power to the new locations.

How Wireless Carriers Fared During Hurricane Harvey
September 5, 2017 – Cellular service held up better during Hurricane Harvey than in past storms. Only 4 percent of the 7,804 cell sites experienced outages during the storm.

5G Mobile Network to be Blazing Fast
September 1, 2017 – 5G could end up being 100 times faster than 4G, with speeds that could reach 10 gigabits per second. This would allow a full-length HD movie to be downloaded in seconds.

Carriers Offer Free Calls and Data
August 30, 2017 – Several cell phone carriers are offering free service to customers affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read More >>

Carriers Ready for Hurricane Harvey
August 28, 2017 – As Hurricane Harvey approached Texas and the Louisiana coasts, various carriers employed strategies to help keep people in touch and critical systems online.

Verizon Reaches Over 1 Gbps on 4G LTE
August 24, 2017 – Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies said they’ve surpassed the Gigabit speed barrier. Achieving 1.07 Gbps download speeds.

911 Centers Relying on Towers for Locations
August 21, 2017 – Most calls to 911 centers are wireless. When 911 callers can’t provide their location, it’s up to technology and they rely on towers to track their locations.

Verizon to Build a Public Safety Communications Network
August 18, 2017 – Verizon announced it will enhance its 4G LTE network and build a separate public safety communications network for first responders in 2018.

Cell Tower On The Moon August 16, 2017 – The moon is getting a cell tower. Part Time Scientists, a German company planning to send a lander and rovers to the moon in late 2018, will use LTE technology to communicate with Earth.

73% of Floridians Have a Broadband Connection
August 15, 2017 – An estimated 51 percent of homes in Florida were wireless-only in 2015. The number of traditional residential wirelines in the state dropped 15 percent from 2015 to 2016.  Read More >>

Why Cell Service Still Stinks in the Year 2017
August 2, 2017 – The United States landed in 10th place out of 25 for overall carrier performance, including reliability and speeds. Ahead of the US, in order: Japan, France, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia.

AT&T to use cell towers to bring internet access in rural South Carolina
July 28, 2017 – Roughly 12,000 homes and businesses will have access to the new service by the end of the year. The work covers some 20 counties in South Carolina under a FCC initiative.

Port Charlotte Tower Has Been Stacked
July 25, 2017 – The new tower at Port Charlotte Middle School in Port Charlotte, Florida, has been stacked. The School Board of Charlotte County will receive 40% of all gross revenue generated from carriers locating on the cell tower.  

Tower Market Enjoyed A Modestly Successful Q2
July 24, 2017 – The tower market likely enjoyed a modestly successful second quarter, multiple analysts wrote, as wireless network operators gradually stepped up their network investments.  Read More >>

Cell Towers At Schools
July 20, 2017 – Why school property?  “The places where service is needed the most are places where people live as well as where people work. There are very few locations in residential communities where the properties are large enough”, explains our company President Len Forkas.  Read More >>

Virginia to Transform Communications for Public Safety
July 17, 2017 – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a letter accepting the FirstNet and AT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the Commonwealth’s public safety community. This will make Virginia the first state in the country to “opt-in” to FirstNet.  Read More >>

Turning Cell Phone Towers Into Edge Locations
July 13, 2017 – Vapor IO, aims to turn tens of thousands of cell towers into edge locations capable of delivering low latency cloud services to contemporary applications.   Read more >>

Tower Powered Cell Phones Possible
July 11, 2017 – After developing a battery-free cell phone, researchers at the University of Washington are setting their sights on adapting their base station design to enable cell towers and other wireless devices to power cell phones.   Read more >>

Port Charlotte Foundation Construction Is Completed
June 28, 2017 – Milestone has completed the foundation of a new tower which will be located at Port Charlotte Middle School in Port Charlotte, Florida. The School Board of Charlotte County will receive 40% of all gross revenue generated from carriers locating on the cell tower.  Read more >>

Milestone Communications President Completes Race Across America
June 26, 2017 – Our company President Len Forkas, successfully completed the Race Across America on June 25th. He has raised over $880,000 for Hopecam, a nonprofit he founded to help children undergoing cancer treatment stay virtually connected to their classmates, friends and support networks. Read more >>

Mobile Broadband Subscriptions To Double in Five Years
June 22, 2017 – Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to double by 2022 to 8.3 billion globally, as of Q1 2017 there are 4.6 billion. Cheaper smartphones and better networks are all part of the explosion.

Milestone Communications helps present the FCPS Honors award for ‘Outstanding New Principal’
June 19, 2017 – Milestone Communications helped sponsor the event with a $5,000 donation to the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools. 

County Partners with Mobile App to Help Save Heart Attack Victims
June 9, 2017 – Cell phone technology and a strong tower network could prove the difference between life and death, especially in one southeastern Pennsylvania county.

Chinn Tower is Completed
June 5, 2017 – The tower at Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center has been completed. The fully constructed 105′ marquee tower features panels displaying a custom design of flora and fauna.  

Milestone Communications President Racing Across America
June 2, 2017 – Milestone Communications President Len Forkas, will compete in Race Across America on June 13th, to raise money for Hopecam, a nonprofit he founded to help children undergoing cancer treatment stay virtually connected to their classmates, friends and support networks.  Read more >>

Tower Signals Providing Necessary Geospatial Information for IoT
May 30, 2017 – A new partnership has discovered how signals from cell towers and WiFi hotspots can bypass the need for GPS modules on devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

High Frequency Traders Turn to Towers for Competitive Advantage
May 24, 2017 – According to Information Week Magazine: “A one (1) millisecond advantage in trading applications can be worth $100 million a year to a major brokerage firm.”

House Committee Raises Standards For Emergency Alerting
May 22, 2017 – A House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing was held last week on emergency alerting. Your cell phone may display an emergency alert alerting you of an emergency in your area.

2017 Wireless Infrastructure Show
May 19, 2017 – The annual conference will be held in Orlando May 22-25 and will feature speeches from government officials and industry leaders exploring the future of mobile communications and wireless infrastructure.

CTIA Released its Annual Wireless Industry Survey
May 17, 2017 – The amount of data traffic sent over wireless networks in 2016 -13.72 trillion MBs – is the equivalent of 1.58 million years of streaming HD videos.

Chinn Building Permits Approved
May 2, 2017 – Prince William County approved development plans for a 105′ marquee tower at Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center in Woodbridge, VA.

Milestone Will Market Cecil County Sites
April 25, 2017 – Milestone has executed an agreement with Cecil County, Maryland to market county property to wireless carriers as possible locations for wireless infrastructure including cell tower development.

Lara Pilk Promoted to Marketing Manager
April 19, 2017 – Milestone is pleased to announce that Lara Pilk is now our new Marketing Manager! Formerly serving as Office Manager, Lara will be responsible for developing/implementing marketing strategies and materials as well as leading market research efforts. Read more >>

Marketing Agreement Signed with Albemarle County Public Schools
April 18, 2017 – Milestone has completed a Marketing Agreement with Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia to market locations to wireless carriers as possible cell tower sites.

AT&T’s FirstNet Award Will Create Tens of Thousands of New Cell Sites
April 12, 2017 – AT&T will build and manage America’s first nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to first responders. The FirstNet network will cover all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

ICNIRP Scientist Says Cell Towers Are Safe March 15, 2017 – Dr. Rodney Croft, a specialist from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) organization, gave a brief talk at the Philippine Telecoms Summit 2017 last Thursday, aiming to set the record straight that cell towers are not detrimental to the health of homeowners. Read more >>

Lawmakers Want Broadband Funding In Infrastructure Package
March 2, 2017 – The Mobile Now Act would make broadband deployment more affordable by streamlining the red tape broadband providers face and by helping to make more wireless spectrum available for mobile broadband services.

Milestone Project Update: Vista Woods Water Tank
February 22, 2017 – The tower at the Vista Woods Water Tank on Mountain View Road in Stafford, VA is complete.

Milestone to Break Ground on First Florida Wireless Site
February 17, 2017 – Milestone held a groundbreaking ceremony with Charlotte County Public Schools at their Lemon Bay High School campus. This marks the construction of the company’s first wireless cell tower in Florida.

Milestone Presents Check to Frederick County
February 8, 2017 – Milestone Communications met with Frederick County Government officials at the Public Safety Training Facility tower site, and presented them with a check for $25,000.

Cell Towers Integral in Florida County’s ‘Great Tornado Drill’ 
February 5, 2017 – Escambia County, Florida touts importance of smartphones in emergency situations.

Welcome Adaora Azubike! 
January 14, 2017 – Adaora joins Milestone as Assistant Controller to support the CFO and accounting team.


Milestone Wins First Competitively Procured Contract in North Carolina
December 15, 2016 – Milestone finalized an agreement in early December to market locations in New Hanover County, NC for possible telecommunications infrastructure development.

fauquierMilestone to Market Cell Tower Sites in Fauquier County
December 13, 2016 – Fauquier’s public school system hopes to generate revenue from wireless communications antennae on its property.

Milestone Receives New Zoning Approvals
November 30, 2016 – Milestone is pleased to announce that two new wireless infrastructure sites have received zoning approval.

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