U.S. Cellular Cell Tower Leases

What You Should Know About U.s. Cellular Cell Site Leases

Although we haven’t had as much experience with U.S. Cellular Leases as we have with the Big Four Carriers, there are two main reasons that property owners and local governments consult with us regarding U.S. Cellular:
If you have been contacted by a U.S. Cellular representative (aka, site acquisition agent) regarding the construction of a cell tower on your property, you may want to:
  1. Educate yourself regarding the real-world effects of entering into a Landlord/Tenant lease with U.S. Cellular;
  2. Determine appropriate rent, escalation and lease duration terms; and/or/ or
  3. Get tips on favorably negotiating the terms of the proposed Lease Agreement prior to signing.

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    If you are already party to a wireless lease, then you might be somewhat familiar with common cell site lease negotiation tactics. Indeed, there are certain “tricks of the trade” that we like to educate our clients about to ensure that you not only receive fair treatment, but also reap ultimate benefits when renegotiating the terms of a lease agreement with Wireless Carriers, like U.S. Cellular. We can help you to:

    1. Understand Verizon’s reasons for requesting the change;
    2. Determine what fees (if any) should be charged to Verizon;
    3. Evaluate whether or not changes to the language and terms of the Lease are favorable; and/ or
    4. Negotiate the Lease in a way that protects and supports your interests.
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    U.s. Cellular Lease Negotiation Tactics

    In our experience, U.S. Cellular is more cost-conscious than most of the other Big Four Carriers, meaning that on average, they pay less for cell site leases.

    U.s. Cellular Industry News

    U.S. Cellular industry news
    ~5 million customers across 23 states.
    U.S. Cellular stated that by 2015 year-end, 98% of its customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds.
    Wi-Fi Offload
    In 2012, U.S. Cellular launched a free app that allows users to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.
    New Sites: 2015
    U.S. Cellular recently sold off it’s Chicago network and has been focused on building out LTE. It teamed up with King Street Wireless to add 600+ 4G LTE sites in 2015, expanding its network in 10 states.
    Tower Sales
    In December 2014, U.S. Cellular made waves when it sold 595 towers to Vertical Bridge for $159 million.
    U.S. Cellular began as a rural phone company: Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) in 1969. TDS still owns the majority of the company.
    Lease Value

    Steel In The Air Inspires Landowners, Venue Owners And Local Governments To Make The Best Out Of Each Unique Location

    1. Steel in the Air has been assisting landowners and communities with cellular/ wireless telecom lease negotiations for over a decade. We have reviewed hundreds of U.S. Cellular leases and know the ins and outs of the industry better than anyone. We take great pride in providing unique, unbiased and reliable guidance.
    2. Together, we will implement a plan based on educated goals. Your objective might be to:
    3. Understand your rights and obligations as a cell site Lessor.
    4. Negotiate the lease (or lease renewal) before signing.
    5. Determine the real market value of your lease as derived from rent, escalation and duration figures, as well as situational metrics, such as location and wireless infrastructure build plans.
    6. Use the lease as an asset, or part of an investment portfolio.
    7. Determine what type of wireless network is best for your community, organization, or venue.
    8. Create a process and Master Plan for county or municipal wireless infrastructure leases.
    9. Better understand industry dynamics, site acquisition strategies and policies or rules that could affect your lease now or in the near future.
    10. Do you have Questions? Visit our Q&A Forum or Chat with us.

    Why You Should Reach Out To Us

    Perhaps our clients can explain it best. Over 300 of them have been generous enough to share feedback on their unique experiences and successes with Steel in the Air.

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    Steel in the Air is an independent company and as such, we are strong advocates for individual landowners, “mom and pop” businesses, and local governments. We take great pride in building lasting relationships and helping our clients achieve their individual and community goals.
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