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NATE Cancels 2021 Annual Tradeshow

Event had been planned for Memphis in February

NATE, National Association of Tower Erectors, Communications Infrastructure Contractors AssociationThe 2021 NATE UNITE convention has been cancelled.

NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association said its trade show, planned for Memphis in February, is off. It made the decision after reviewing COVID trends and safety guidelines from local and state officials in Tennessee.

“As an organization founded on the core tenet of safety, the health and well-being of the Association’s members and staff is a top priority,” it stated in an announcement. The most recent show had about 2,400 attendees.

The organization said it is now focused on planning NATE UNITE 2022 in Las Vegas in February of 2022.

It did not announce a virtual version of the 2021 show, but meetings of the NATE board and related committees will be held virtually.

The schedule of 2021 conventions in the U.S. telecom and broadcast industry had already been disrupted when the National Association of Broadcasters made the call to postpone its 2021 NAB Show from April to October of next year.

Another staple of the annual industry calendar is the convention of the National Religious Broadcasters. An NRB spokesperson told Radio World today that it is still planning a full-in person gathering in March.