What You Should Know About Sprint Cell Site Leases

There are two main reasons that landowners, venue owners and local governments consult with us regarding SPRINT Cell Site Leases:

1. New Sprint Cell Tower Lease Proposals

If you have been contacted by a Sprint representative (aka, site acquisition agent) regarding the construction of a cell tower or cell site on your property, here are some things you can do:

  • Educate yourself regarding the real world effects of entering into a Landlord/ Tenant lease with Sprint;
  • Determine appropriate rent, escalation and lease duration terms; and/ or
  • Get tips on favorably negotiating the terms of the proposed Lease Agreement prior to signing.

2. Sprint Lease Modification Requests

Sprint has recently been active with Lease Modifications and Equipment Upgrades. In the past four years, many of our clients have been approached up to three times regarding modifications to a Sprint Cell Site. If you are already party to a cell site lease, then you are likely to be familiar with lease negotiation tactics. There are, however, certain “tricks of the trade” that we hope to educate our clients about to ensure they receive fair treatment and reap ultimate benefits, when renegotiating the terms of a Lease with Wireless Carriers, such as Sprint. We can help you to:

  • Understand Sprint’s reasons for requesting the change;
  • Determine what fees (if any) should be charged to Sprint;
  • Evaluate whether or not changes to the language and terms of the Lease are in your favor; and/ or
  • Negotiate the Lease in a way that protects and supports your interests.

3. Sprint/Mobilitie Requests for Small Cells

Sprint has entered into an agreement with Mobilitie to deploy small cell new towers in right of ways across the country. Mobilitie and Sprint attempt to claim that they are a public utility and therefore do not need to go through normal planning and zoning requirements and that they do not need to pay any fees for use of theright of ways.
We have been helping both public and private clients understand the following regarding Sprint/Mobilitie proposals/requests:

  • Understand how other municipalities are treating these requests;
  • Determine what fees (if any) should be charged to Sprint/Mobilitie;
  • Evaluate the completeness of the application requests.
  • Advise on small cell policy creation.