Federal mandate for cell tower generator upgrade?

by Sam
(New York)

We have been told by a carrier that they are required by the FCC because of a ruling to add an emergency backup generator to our cell tower. What happens if I don't want to give them the space. Will they cancel my lease? They want at least 400 square feet of ADDITIONAL space. Not happy about this. Is this really a requirement? What if I tell them no? How much can I charge them or do they expect me to give them the space for free?

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Jan 31, 2014
There is no federal mandate....
by: Sean (Tower Genius)


There is no federal mandate that forces you to give AT&T additional space. The mandate that the carriers were given was to provide information to the government concerning system outages during disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. During major outages over a large area the carriers can not depend on deploying temporary generators at sites due to equipment demands and access during such emergencies. To fix this problem they are installing generators at the sites (Verizon has already done this on most of their sites) to fix the emergency power issue plus reduce the chance that they get fined by the FCC for not providing quality service.

As for their rights on your site,,,, we would need to see the site plan and your lease to determine what they can or can not do as well as establishing a fair market increase for such an installation in the event they do not have any expansion rights. Give us a call the first consultation is free.

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Jan 31, 2014
what does lease say
by: Anonymous

Read your lease carefully. What does it say about adding additional structure. I found out my lease said they couldn't add any additional shelters in their footprint, but they didn't need my permission to add a cabinet.
They did send a letter trying to get me to sign it to allow an additional shelter. I didn't fall for that. They offered $ 700. period for the deal. I said no. We discussed $750 a month for the shelter. Then they said they might go with the cabinet and months later I still don't know what they have chosen to do. Read your lease and understand exactly what it says. If you don't understand it, get help.

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