According to a client of mine, Black Dot Wireless has a new pitch that they are trying on landowners with AT&T cell site leases. Most of these pitches, I don’t bother to post. Today’s pitch was so patently ludicrous that I felt it necessary to call them out on such a ridiculous statement (even worse than the balloons will take the place of cell tower pitch). Black Dot is now claiming that due to AT&T’s acquisition of a spectrum in the 700MHz auction, that AT&T will no longer need 9 out of 10 towers because AT&T’s towers will now have an effective radius of 50 MILES. These unneeded towers will be terminated within 2 years. Of course, the only way that the landowner could protect his lease was to reduce it WITHIN 5 DAYS. [Read more…] about Black Dot’s New Pitch to AT&T Cell Site Owners
Cell site lease groundowners who thought they had heard the last from AT&T and Blackdot after refusing to lower their ground lease rates are being contacted again by Blackdot Wireless with the same pitch- just a different angle. These landowners or building owners with AT&T cell sites weren’t persuaded by the earlier pitch that AT&T and Cingular were merging and that there was possible duplication in the AT&T network that might lead to lease terminations. [Read more…] about BlackDot Wireless and AT&T Still Trying To Get Reductions
We have received recent inquiries from AT&T cell site owners who have been approached by Blackdot to renegotiate their leases. Of course, there is a new pitch, because the old pitch that the merger between AT&T and Cingular was going to cause terminations just doesn’t ring true anymore. [Read more…] about AT&T to Build Cell Sites in McDonald’s Arches?
It is incredibly disconcerting to me as a member of the wireless industry to see Black Dot Wireless’s success. They have made a business of convincing landowners who otherwise have no reason to negotiate a reduction in their cell tower lease to agree to such a reduction. [Read more…] about Global Signal signs Black Dot on to negotiate reductions in their leases.
We heard a unsubstantiated rumor that Cingular is planning on pulling back the AT&T and Cingular cell site lease optimization program contracts back from Black Dot Wireless and MD7 and doing their own lease renegotiation in-house. There has been no formal press release to this effect and if you are still being contacted by MD7 or Blackdot Wireless- then perhaps they have some time to finish up loose ends or there is no truth to this rumor.
If this rumor is real, then we applaud (loudly). Don’t have someone else do your dirty work on a commission basis- and don’t have someone else mislead or use scare tactics to renegotiate YOUR leases with YOUR landowners. Have the *&@#*& to do it yourself.
Landowners with cell tower leases who are being hit with termination notices from the “NEW” Cingular are now being granted one new opportunity. The offers come from Blackdot accompanied with the termination of the lease letter. These offers if you can call them that have BlackDot offering to market the tower site to other carriers in return for the landowner taking over the responsibilty to remove the tower at the end of the 2 year marketing term. [Read more…] about Blackdot and Cingular offer Landowners the Opportunity to Remove Their Own Tower
It appears that BlackDot has been retained by Sprint/Nextel to help renegotiate the cell tower ground leases. For those of you unfamiliar with Blackdot, they were previously retained by Cingular and AT&T after the merger to approach landowners with whom Cingular had a cell tower lease and attempt to renegotiate the lease down on the basis of duplication and/or additional expense of equipment upgrades. [Read more…] about Sprint/Nextel Landowners Receive Cell Tower Lease Renegotiation Letters