A new effort to help up to 5,000 veterans find jobs in the wireless industry by 2015 was unveiled at an event Wednesday at the White House.
Warriors 4 Wireless (W4W) is a new nonprofit formed to equip thousands of returning servicemen and women with skills for careers as wireless technicians. More than 1 million jobs have been created in this industry since 2007, as demand for smartphones continues to grow, according to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
The initiative comes at a time when there is a "winding down of two wars" and a "winding up of the wireless industry," Wheeler said.
Referring to the 150th anniversary Tuesday of the Gettysburg Address, Wheeler said W4W is an example of "how that concept of rededication to [a] greater purpose is still being carried out today."
Private-sector partners include DYNIS, PCIA The Wireless Infrastructure Association , Competitive Carriers Association, T-Mobile, MasTec, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.