Concealed Coverage: How Carriers Select Prime Cell Site Locations

March 10, 2014 Industry News

A Herald Sun article dated February 5, 2014 details how a certain community in Durham is demanding officials to rewrite the rules on constructing cellular towers in their area. Cell towers, while vital in maintaining the functionality of mobile devices, can be an eyesore, which is why most communities can be very particular about where new cell towers can be erected. The article reveals several details of interest for landowners and mobile companies looking to set up towers in Durham:

cell-tower rule revamp a slow process officials say

"The INC – urged by a group of south Durham residents who oppose a proposed Sprint cell tower off N.C. 751 – wants officials to replace the existing rules with new ones that would make it much more difficult to site towers in residential areas.

Officials now operate mainly on a distinction between “concealed” and unconcealed towers, subjecting those that obviously are an antenna tower to review by Durham’s Board of Adjustment.

Camouflaged towers – including the so-called “monopine” towers dressed up to resemble trees – receive only a staff-level review. For the most part, they’re the only type the cell industry has pursued in recent years."

Landlords and wireless carriers need to abide by strict requirements before a piece of land can be considered feasible for cell tower construction. Even if such conditions are met, mobile carriers need to be convinced that the site is indeed in an ideal location. Site owners looking to make the most out of a cell site lease could benefit by coordinating with a trusted and reputable firm like TowerPoint Capital.

Leasing out land for cell site use is a lot harder than it sounds, especially since mobile carriers can be very picky. Even a strategic rooftop cell site proposal needs to be marketed properly in order to attract wireless service providers. Landlords can also benefit from professional legal aid when negotiating any cell site lease agreement or sale.

(Source: Cell-tower rule revamp a slow process, officials say, Herald Sun, February 5, 2014)