Getting a cell tower on your property – unless you have already been contacted by a wireless carrier or tower company who has expressed explicit interest in leasing a parcel of your land.
Marketing your cell tower or cell site to carriers – because you think it’s valuable and would make a good location for a cell site.
If you discover that there is a tower or other structure hosting cell sites (such as a rooftop) within the distances above, we recommend that you do not waste time moving forward. The probability is very low that a wireless carrier would opt to build an entirely new tower on your property, instead of utilizing the structure that you’ve identified. If there are no other cell towers or host structures located in the ranges mentioned above, continue on to step two
To do this, you can check individual wireless service providers’ coverage maps by visiting their websites. Coverage maps for the Big Four Wireless Carriers are:
Carrier Coverage Map: Darkest areas = best coverage; White areas = No coverage
If you see solid color bars on each of the pages (encompassing data and voice), chances are quite high that a new cell tower is not needed. If coverage gaps are shown (lighter areas) within ½ mile of your property, your land might be worthwhile to wireless service providers as a new cell tower location.
US Cellular – mail info to ATTN: Friendlies Administrator/ 5117 W Terrace Drive/ Madison, WI 53718
As a side note, we’re often asked why landowners can’t simply call the wireless carriers directly rather than going through these forms. The answer is, the wireless carriers have created these forms to avoid filtering through calls such as these, and no matter how hard you try, you will not reach a person who can actually make a decision about your proposed cell tower location. They don’t need to know that property exists where a tower can be built on it.
Only in extremelyrare cases will wireless carriers immediately respond to your inquiries. It’s far more likely that your parcel will be added to their “friendlies” database, and if they determine they need a site in the area in the future,
they will reach out to you at that time. We can assure you that submitting your parcel multiple times will be of no benefit whatsoever.
Doing so won’t make your property more desirable or increase the likelihood that it will be selected as a potential cell tower location. There are over 144 million private parcels in the
United States, while there are only 325,000 cell sites, many of which are collocated on the same parcel with other cell sites. Accordingly, less than .2% (2/10ths of 1 percent) of private properties in the US house a cell site. We should also say that out of all the thousands of people who have offered their property up to the WSPs using similar steps through our website, only 2 have ever let us know that they were successful in finding interest.
If you’ve successfully turned your home into a cell tower property, we want to know! We can help you determine the appropriate fair market value and other business terms for any cell site lease agreement. We recommend that you find out whether the interested WSP or tower company is seriously interested as opposed to “land-banking” the site for speculation or future cell tower development. Either way, we recommend proceeding – just be aware that if they are land-banking, you may never see any income from the lease.