Desirable Municipality Approached for a Second Time

Lincoln Park, New Jersey is a prime spot for a cell tower, so it seems. AT&T has approached them a second time now for cell tower placement, after a failed attempt in 2011. This time around, however, the telecom giant seems more willing to compromise with the Borough of Lincoln Park’s requests. According to NorthJersey.com, “Since the company wants the site so badly, it has agreed to meet more of the borough's demands and the two sides have been negotiating a lease agreement that's … [Read more...]

Iowa Cemetery to Receive Cell Tower

A cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will soon be home to a 125-foot cell tower. The City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a conditional use permit for its construction. This will be the first cell tower in Cedar Rapids to be located on cemetery property. John Linge, owner of Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery Association and Cedar Memorial Funeral Home Co., stated, “cell towers in cemeteries are popping up across Iowa as a way to raise revenue to support cemetery lot owners. Small rural … [Read more...]

Lake Lawrence Residents Wireless Coverage to Improve

The Lake Lawrence Community Club in Yelm, Washington, may soon be home to a new cell phone tower. Most residents agree that better coverage is needed, as the majority of them deal with dropped calls and no reception on a regular basis. This has impacted several residents in business and emergency situations. According to one resident who went through an emergency ordeal with no cell coverage, “I’ll tell you what, I’d have given a million dollars to have that cell tower then. This whole community … [Read more...]

Increase in Smartphone Usage Creating a Data Overload

Many smartphone consumers experience service interruptions on a daily basis, while walking from place to place. This is due to heavily burdened towers trying to handle all of the demands placed upon it due to the increase in smartphone usage. The connection cannot handle all of the data at once, therefore, speeds worsen as a result of the strain. According to the Business Insider, “To give you an idea of idea of how big the explosion in data growth has been, AT&T saw a 30,000% percent … [Read more...]

As Technology Evolves, So Should Your Cell Tower Lease

By 2018, close to 60 % of the world will be utilizing LTE technology, according to an Ericsson Mobility Report. This means more customers, better services and, in turn, more money for the telecom companies. If the telecom giants are increasing their revenues due to an evolution in technology, shouldn’t property owners be equally compensated, as it is due to the use of their land that these giants will receive such gains? Ultimately, a landowner’s bargaining power and leverage in negotiations … [Read more...]

Municipal Staff to Assist Telecom Companies in Processing Cell Tower Permits

As the major telecom companies continue their rapid expansion throughout the United States, they are picking up the payload in order to make the cell tower permitting process move more efficiently. In King County, Washington, cell phone companies have been negotiating with the municipalities to help with the cost of paying staff to process cell tower permits, which are needed for any new cell tower and even any modification to existing cell towers. According to the King County Department of … [Read more...]

Telecom Industry Becoming More Powerful

Not only are the big telecom companies making huge profits, now they are gaining more decision-making power. Legislation in Missouri has recently been enacted, which gives more control to the telecom giants over the city and county authorities regarding placement of cell towers. Cities and counties will have a shorter period of time to review any proposed tower applications and will be limited in other facets of the process. According to Stltoday.com, “The Missouri Telecommunications Industry … [Read more...]

Top-Ranked Hospital to Receive Enhanced Wireless Coverage

AT&T has installed multiple, strategically placed cell antennas throughout the campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This installation has taken place to support the increasing demand for advanced wireless services. The Distributed Antenna System covers 11 facilities at the campus, spanning more than 4.9M square feet of space. According to State Representative Gary Odom, "Wireless and broadband services are critical parts of how we connect with family, conduct business and … [Read more...]

Resident Does Not Want to Extend Cell Tower Lease

A large tower company has been pushing a Bluewater Bay resident in hopes that they will extend an existing cell tower lease. Otherwise, the tower company will need to construct a new tower on a property nearby. Thus, they will need to be granted county board approval for such process. According to nwfdailynews.com, “The proposed tower would replace an existing one on Nelson Point Road. The family that owns the tower property on Nelson Point wants to end its lease with Crown Castle, but the … [Read more...]

Adding to an Existing Cell Tower…Adding Value to the Lease?

The Township of Mahwah, New Jersey could potentially be adding to its existing cell tower monopole.  Wireless Holdings Network has issued a proposal to town council to add a 30-foot extension to the current 120-foot tower.  According to Council President, the additional revenue from the extension would be “a terrific new source of income.” But has the city has received a fair proposal for the use of this additional tower space? What is the true value to the tower company for the additional use … [Read more...]

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