Is this Verizon offer fair? Brooklyn, NY

I currently have T mobile on my roof, with the whole platform assembly, paying 1350+ per month..

I was approached by a rep who wants to get Verizon on the site, with a only a handful of antennas on the roof, and not the whole beam & platform settup..

Is $625 a month plus 2.5% yearly increases anywhere near reasonable, as a going rate? Sounds a bit low, but there are comparable alternate sites in the area where they can be located...

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Mar 20, 2014
Did they bring you flowers or buy you dinner at least?
by: Tower Genius

If you are in Brooklyn and only getting $1,350 per month for a T-Mobile rooftop cell site you got steamrolled pretty badly.

As far as the "generous" Verizon Wireless offer is concerned, they must think landlord's are stupid. Cell site lease values are NOT calculated on a PER ANTENNA or a SQUARE FOOT basis as some may want you to believe. Sounds like they are proposing a micro-cell or small-cell or mini-cell site on your roof to fill a coverage or capacity hole in their network. For $600 or $650 per month is it really worth the hassle of dealing with Verizon for the rest of your life, knowing that if it was a regular 4G/LTE macro cell site, other NYC landlords see at least $2,000 or more (or much more) per month?

Sure, small cell technology sounds like a great idea to the carriers, but they forget that landlords have to be willing to give them the rooftop access they need. And sometimes that comes at a premium. If your rooftop is the best or only available choice, then it's worth more than the small bone they are throwing you.

If they have other choices and gullible landlords who are willing to cut their own throats for $600 per month, then let them go there, otherwise just tell them NO. You can say that politely or with a bit of Brooklyn cheer.

By the way, regarding your T-mobile rooftop site... Call us about it, we have found that a significant number of NYC rooftop cellular sites from a particular wireless carrier are not in compliance with their lease (exceeding square feet, location and amount of antennas, equipment, etc.) and can possibly be renegotiated.

Tower Genius

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