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TIF White Paper Release – Appurtenance Installation Impact to Climbing Facilities and Antenna Supporting Structures, Effective Publish Date: October 18, 2019

The intent of this TIF White Paper is to educate and promote the sharing and availability of information among stakeholders within the telecommunications industry. After reading this White Paper each Stakeholder should better understand their role and responsibility regarding the installation, modification, or maintenance of a new Appurtenance on a Structure. This White Paper communicates best practices to avoid Installations that cause damage to the Structure, Climbing Facilities, safety climb (if present), or any other known system installed upon a Structure affected by the Installation.

The working group of the Telecommunications Industry Foundation (TIF) that developed this White Paper included members from each of the industry Stakeholders, as defined in this White Paper. The intent of the working group was to create a white paper that would foster communication between the Stakeholders by providing an improved understanding of the roles and responsibilities for each Stakeholder. By providing instruction, advancing communication and presenting feedback solutions, this White Paper endeavors to support the telecommunications industry and each of the individual Stakeholders in preserving the integrity of Climbing Facilities. This White Paper is not intended to amend replace or interpret ANSI / TIA 222 Rev. H. 

“Helping to author the Climbing Facilities White Paper allowed me to meet with other Industry Stakeholders to discuss the challenges that engineers face when providing professional services.  Additionally, it was an invaluable opportunity for me to hear and understand the issues that they frequently encounter.  Having proper information and knowing the other Stakeholders roles will go a long way promote design efficiency, speed to market and climber safety.   I’m hopeful that the collaboration I experienced on this paper will be a model for future TIF White Paper groups.”   Scott Vance – B+T Group  

“We are excited for the release of this paper. It provides guidelines for multiple industry stakeholders, and more importantly, communication expectations along with roles and responsibilities of this extremely important topic.  Our top goal is to keep the men and women safe on structures as we climb them.” Brian Bicknese – Vertical Limit

“What a tremendous opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented manufacturers. To be able to sit at the table together and put logos aside to discuss real challenges in the industry and what role us, as manufacturers, play in providing solutions is remarkable. While the hard work is yet to come in communicating outward, it is a privilege to be a part of something designed to improve this awesome industry we all serve.” Doug Salvatori – Perfect Vision

Washington DC for immediate release

The Telecommunications Industry Foundation (TIF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit non-stock corporation is announcing the empanelment of board directors and officers. 

The Telecommunications Industry Foundation (TIF) seeks to understand the issues arising from the rapid advancement and deployment of telecommunications infrastructure.  TIF focuses on uplifting people by bringing knowledge, understanding, and debate to make Information and Communications Technology (ICT) safe and sustainable.  As the world becomes more interconnected, TIF provides timely support and education to the public, lawmakers, and industry stakeholders in collaboration with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to promote safety, quality, efficiency and workforce development.

“We are excited to be supporting the development of TIF White Papers. Current TIF White Papers include subjects that range from Climbing facilities, Small Cell Intended Use, Quantum Computing and Cyber Security. The board is currently developing a platform to allow various industry stakeholders to provide feedback in order to support the sharing of knowledge and information.” Scott Vance, TIF Chair.

“I am honored to announce the board has approved the support of the Feed the Troops 2019 campaign with a goal of raising $50,000.00 for this worthwhile effort. Additional information on this initiative can be found on the TIF website.” Michelle Kang, TIF Vice Chair

“It is a privilege to work with a group that is so committed to the support of the industry. The current board consists of Scott Vance TIF Chair, Michelle Kang TIF Vice Chair, myself as Secretary/Treasurer, Dale Heath, Josh Huff, Brandon Chapman, Carlo Franceschino, Andrew Kurtzman, and Scott Kisting” Scott Stekr, TIF Secretary/Treasurer.

Further information will be made available on the TIF website (