Industry Initiatives WIA is leading the wireless marketplace by identifying and cultivating key collaborative efforts. Our industry initiatives develop positive relationships between the industry, the community and their leaders. City Networks Task Force The Wireless Infrastructure Association is partnering with the Smart Cities Council on a City Networks Task Force to explain the crucial role wireless and wired infrastructure will have in making a city smart. Members of the City Networks Task Force address how the deployment of smart city infrastructure and robust communications networks can effectively deliver key public services to citizens by increasing efficiencies in transportation, public safety and sustainability – while at the same time, supporting economic development. Innovation & Technology Council The Wireless Infrastructure Association’s Innovation & Technology Council (ITC) is the forum for forecasting the future of the wireless industry. Participants explore developments in the wider wireless industry, from cloud computing and advanced virtualization technologies to 5G standards and advanced network management techniques. The Council welcomes speakers from within the membership of WIA and The HetNet Forum as well as representatives of non-member companies that are investigating and bringing to market technologies that will impact current membership. The group also hosts representatives from federal, state and local agencies and departments to foster an understanding of how the public sector is integrating mobility into operations now and into the future. The HetNet Forum A broad-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to the development Heterogeneous Network (HetNet), a combination of technologies that enable wireless broadband. Infrastructure Developers Forum The purpose of the Infrastructure Developers Forum (IDF) is to gather a diverse group of small-scale entrepreneurs active in the development of wireless infrastructure and create a forum for education, networking, and sharing of ideas among the group in such areas as development, finance, and management of wireless infrastructure. State Wireless Association Program WIA’s grassroots initiative that gives the wireless industry a strong unified voice at the state and local level. Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) is a joint venture of telecommunications companies, industry associations, including WIA, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) that develops DoL-credentialed apprenticeship programs available to qualified employers for the training and career development of the telecommunications workforce. Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum The Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF) is a volunteer association for professional women in the wireless communications industry.