Residents of West Vancouver, Canada, are divided over the possibility of new cell towers being erected in their town. A major Canadian wireless company has applied to construct three 120-foot towers on provincial land, in an effort to increase network coverage. The proponents to the plan are very aware of the fact that wireless service needs improvement. According to a mobile company representative, “Driving the need for the towers is the growing demand for wireless data service and the federal government auctioning off more bandwidth on the wireless spectrum.”
The towers would have the infrastructure capacity to house antennas for 2 other mobile carriers. This would increase the value of the towers, with the added revenue sources. The province needs to have proper representation if the deal is approved, so that they make an informed decision when it comes to the terms and the value of the lease agreement. Vertical Consultants has worked with all types of property owners, including municipalities, 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.