Letter from the President
Welcome to our Michigan Wireless Association’s (MWA) new and improved website. We have revamped the site to provide education and support to not only our members but to the community in which we serve. I would encourage our web site visitors to visit our site often as our plan is to have our various committees provide up to date content on issues that affect our industry.
Since this is my first letter as President, I would let to take a few moments to tell our MWA story. MWA was formed in 2009 as a business association whose members are from all sectors of the wireless industry in Michigan — from tower climbers to executives from the major wireless carriers. MWA’s mission is to promote the wireless industry, provide a unified voice in state and local legislative matters impacting wireless, and to foster relationships with our industry and the local communities we serve. As I sit writing this letter I cannot help but marvel at what a great time it is for all of us to be involved in the wireless industry. The industry continues to grow and provide employment opportunities to our membership. We are all involved in a technological revolution in how we live our lives – due in part to advances in our wireless world. Unlike the old days when our “mission” was to provide cellular coverage to major roads, our industry is now expected to deliver the benefits to its users, on the road, at the office and at home — even in the basement. Did you know that in 2000 there were 6.7 million land lines and 3.5 million wireless phones in Michigan? By 2012, landlines had declined by 4.1 million to 2.6 million while wireless had increased by 5.8 million to 9.3 million. As the good people in our state increasingly give up their landlines, providing wireless to Michigan becomes even more mission critical. I would challenge our friends in the planning community, as stewards to those Michigan residents, to provide a framework within their communities that supports effective wireless deployment and infrastructure to serve those residents.
I would also like to give a shout out to our members and sponsors who give back to the communities in which we serve. Two months ago, on behalf of MWA, I presented a check to the Volunteers of America for $6,000 for money MWA raised in our 2014 Kick Off/Member Appreciation party in January. The VOA does incredible work in the community on a very limited budget. Our donation will help fund their Veteran’s programs – providing much needed support to those who have selflessly served our country. Our donation would not have been possible without the support of our 2014 Kick off meeting sponsors — Earthcom (Gold Sponsor) KMB, Strategis, Vertical Solutions, Powder River, G2 Consulting, Nexius, Central USA Wireless, LCC, Crown Castle and ClearLink Wireless.
In closing, I would remind our membership that the annual golf outing at Tanglewood Golf Club is to be held on June 12, with our pre-golf evening social to be held on June 11th starting at 5 p.m. at the Post Bar in Novi, Michigan. Thanks for visiting our web site and have a great 2014.