AT&T has issued a proposal to a landowner in Putney, Vermont to construct a 135-foot cell tower on his land in order to improve service in the area. Now it is up to the Planning Commission to decide if the proposal will be approved on residential land. According to a former resident, as reported in Brattleboro Reformer, “Local input is important and often helps ensure towers are located in the right places. But we have to acknowledge how critical it is for jobs, tourism, safety, and quality of life for Vermont to have a strong broadband and cell infrastructure. We have to all be willing to put up with some inconvenience to make sure we deliver connectivity to all Vermonters.”
If the Planning Commission approves AT&T’s proposal, the landowner must seek proper representation to assist him throughout the lease negotiation process. Vertical Consultants has worked with all types of landowners 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. Ample information and representation from a true landowner advocate are key factors these industries need in order to optimize the use of their properties by the telecom giants like AT&T.