In 2013, Vail started the process of upgrading its wireless infrastructure in order to solve connectivity issues with its residents and visitors. This came as a result of cell equipment overload, particularly during the 2012 holiday season. Many residents and visitors complained of dropped calls and generally poor service. According to Vail Daily, “Throughout the course of 2013, the town hammered out a service agreement with Crown Castle, a company that leases cell towers to carriers, for an upgraded antenna system in town. AT&T was the first client on the system, and in November of 2013 announced that it had begun providing 4G LTE cell technology — the latest version of wireless voice and data service.”

The town of Vail has just seven of its planned 23 cell towers already constructed. Property owners approached by the telecom or tower companies to utilize their land must seek proper counsel prior to signing any agreement. Vertical Consultants can work to negotiate terms that establish rights that are beneficial to the landowner while limiting the obligations that same party may have under that same agreement, or more to the point get the most and give up the least. A property owner’s first step will need to be to establish “True Value” of its site and go from there.