AT&T has issued proposals to construct 3 new cell towers throughout Casper, Wyoming. Many residents have opposed the plan, as they wish to retain the natural landscape of the mountainous area. However, improved wireless coverage by AT&T customers is needed. One resident who was approached for placement on his property explains, “When they approached me, they offered $500 to sign for the contract, and then $800 a month after they got the tower in place. I’m retired, 78, 79 next month, that bit of money would really help. You can understand why I would like the tower, because it would supplement my income.”
This property owner, as well as the other landowners who were approached, need to seek counsel prior to signing a long-term agreement with AT&T. They must make sure to receive the true value for the use of her land, including any revenue sharing produced from future co-locator income. Vertical Consultants has worked with all types of property owners, including individuals, who are being paid below-market value for the use of their property. The primary reason for this is the lack of information and representation provided for these entities.