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How Can I Get a Cell Tower on My Property?

You've no doubt read that a cell tower lease could be worth a lot of money and that having a cell tower lease can be worth a lot of money to a property owner. It's possible, even, that you've thought to yourself, "I have the room on my property. I'd love to make some extra cash. How do I get a cell phone company to put a cell tower on my land?"

Short answer: You can't.

They will call you, you don't call them.

The locations of cell towers are determined by cell phone companies' engineering studies. These studies determine where there is a need and which locations are best suited for cell tower placement. As a result of those studies, a cell company would contact you if they believed your property would be a good location for a cell tower.

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About this Author

John W. Pestle, telecommunications attorney, Varnum
Counsel

John is a member of the firm's Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Team. Since 1996 he has represented property owners across the country (businesses, developers, schools, churches, municipalities, real estate companies) on the grant, renewal and modification of cell tower leases with companies like Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile and Crown Castle. He has also represented clients on the evaluation or sale of over sixty (60) cell tower leases and future leasing rights to companies like American Tower, Crown Castle, SBA, Wireless Capital Partners,...

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