A major wireless carrier has requested approval from the Billerica, Massachusetts Planning Board to construct a new cell tower. There is an existing pole near the proposed area; however, it does not have the capacity to mount new carrier equipment. According to a representative from the wireless carrier regarding the tower, “The steel pole, which would have the capacity to house additional wireless carriers, as collapsible in an emergency situation, meaning in the case of catastrophic failure, it would collapse on itself, covering about 65 feet in a fall zone, rather than the full 130 feet.”

If the mobile company receives approval for tower placement, it is important that the property owner is properly informed and represented prior to signing any agreement. He/she must make sure to find out the true value for the use of his/her land, including any revenue sharing produced from future co-locator income. 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.