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Fiber Broadband Association and Wireless Infrastructure Association Join Forces to Strengthen Broadband Workforce Development

the Fiber Broadband Association | October 28, 2022 | Read time : 02:50 min

the Fiber Broadband Association
The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today announced they have entered into a Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement to advance critical workforce education and training for the broadband communications industry.

With $42.45 billion in Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funding for broadband infrastructure, in addition to the $80 billion invested annually by the broadband industry, there has never been more demand to build broadband networks. To meet that demand, it is essential that industry and government join hands to address workforce gaps. This agreement helps to promote both associations’ workforce development programs: the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) that is nationally sponsored by WIA for broadband and 5G technicians and the Fiber Broadband Association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path™) program that trains fiber technicians . The associations will work together to promote Registered Apprenticeship, develop world-class curriculum, establish industry-recognized credentials and certifications, and articulate career pathways.

“The Fiber Broadband Association is aggressively pursuing the goal to bring our fiber optic training to community colleges, veterans, and training institutions in all 56 U.S. states and territories. However, it is partnerships with accomplished organizations like WIA that enable our industries to truly advance mutual initiatives to enable every community to experience the benefits of high-speed connectivity. “We’re seeing considerable NTIA funding as well as private investments that will help create digital equity across North America, but we can’t do that without a larger technical workforce to actually build the networks. This partnership with WIA will help close that workforce gap.”

Gary Bolton, President and CEO at the Fiber Broadband Association

“Thanks to strong support from industry and our partners in the federal government and across the states, WIA has been expanding quality training programs across the U.S. to meet the demand for a highly-skilled broadband workforce, including through our Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), and our 5G Readiness Program,” said Patrick Halley, President and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association. “Our partnership with the Fiber Broadband Association comes at an exciting time for the telecommunications industry, and we look forward to working closely with them to further expand and enhance training and registered apprenticeships.”

Within the Collaborative Workforce Development Agreement, both associations will promote each other’s training and apprenticeship programs. The Fiber Broadband Association will gain a seat on WIA’s Apprenticeship Advisory Committee for TIRAP and will help ensure that the OpTIC Path training program is mapped to WIA’s TIRAP occupation requirements.

Additionally, the Fiber Broadband Association will work to promote TIRAP apprenticeship programs within its existing and future network of community colleges and other learning institutions that offer the OpTIC Path course. The Fiber Broadband Association will also help WIA develop new apprentice occupations and career paths related to the fiber broadband industry. WIA will provide its operational and administrative expertise and resources to advance fiber broadband workforce development efforts; FBA members and Fiber Optic Technician employers can receive incentive funds managed by WIA for the adoption and operation of registered apprenticeship programs.

The Fiber Broadband Association and WIA recently held an industry webinar to help educate the state broadband offices, NTIA, and Internet Service Providers interested in applying for BEAD funding on their workforce development efforts. The webinar is available for replay here.

The next Fiber Broadband Association Regional Fiber Connect event, held November 3 in Columbus, Ohio, will feature WIA CTO Dr. Rikin Thakker on a panel that explores Ohio Broadband and 5G Partnerships. The event will also host a live “Train the Trainer” workshop to expand OpTIC Path instructor training opportunities.

About WIA
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) represents the businesses that build, develop, own, and operate the nation’s wireless infrastructure. WIA advocates for the widespread, responsible deployment of wireless infrastructure to enable mobile broadband for communities everywhere.

About the Fiber Broadband Association
The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association that represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts, and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployment and the pursuit of a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers, communities, and policy makers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Since 2001, these companies, organizations, and members have worked with communities and consumers in mind to build the critical infrastructure that provides the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. The Fiber Broadband Association is part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH Councils in North America, LATAM, Europe, MEA, APAC, and South Africa.

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Park Place Technologies Acquires CentricsIT Global Services Division

Park Place Technologies | December 09, 2022

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Cloud4C Sets up New In-Country Cloud Data Center in Egypt to Meet Data Localization Needs for Enterprises

Cloud4C | December 06, 2022

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Airbyte Integrates with dbt Cloud to Bring Together Leading Data Integration and Transformation Technologies

Airbyte | December 07, 2022

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