To keep high-tech gadgets such as smartphones and tablets connected to their networks, wireless providers rely on site acquisition specialists who can search a given geographical area for the highest-quality network sites and towers. Site acquisition for the telecommunications industry is a specialty with unique parameters, requiring a deep understanding of the business to acquire useable sites so that wireless carriers can meet their customers’ demands.
The Site Acquisition Process
At CW Solutions, specialists undertake wireless site acquisition projects by following a clearly defined, methodical process. The search for a cell tower site invariably begins with data from a Radio Frequency (RF) engineer who determines a “search ring,” usually a circle on a map. After determining the area where a site could be located, a site acquisition professional scours maps and zoning ordinances for locations which meet the minimum requirements. Each viable site is considered and property owners are then contacted to determine their interest. After a site acquisition specialist receives property owner interest through a letter of intent, gathers ordinance information, maps, photos of the area, a deed and zoning analysis, they present a report to the RF engineer known as a Site Candidate Information Package. That information is utilized in determining whether or not a candidate is approved. If it is approved, the site acquisition specialist can move forward with negotiating lease terms for a wireless installation.
After a lease is signed, the next phase involves local permits and zoning regulations. Zoning requirements vary from city to city and involve various issues that have to be dealt with before the most favorable sites can be obtained. Some of the issues may involve a client’s ability to collocate with existing wireless facilities, the use of existing utility sites, the use of town prioritized properties pursuant to their wireless ordinance and the use of commercially zoned land. CW Solutions site acquisition specialists understand Municipal Land Use Laws and have good working relationships with local municipalities, which can streamline the zoning and permit applications.
Legislation Affecting Site Acquisition
In New Jersey, for example, CW Solutions was instrumental in writing, developing, and pushing through New Jersey Senate Bill No. 2989 that has made it easier for their wireless clients to construct, modify and install their networks. The legislation can usually save a wireless provider four to six months as well as thousands of dollars spent on professionals presenting a plan in front of a local planning and/or zoning board.
Site Acquisition Specialists
The CW Solutions project team offers a full complement of site acquisition services, from leasing to building permit expediting. CW Solutions gives clients title services, project management, land use consulting and public outreach which meets their leasing and construction parameters, while complying with a municipal’s ordinance.
In the highly competitive wireless marketplace, site acquisition specialists rely on their legal and regulatory expertise to meet clients’ needs. At CW Solutions, the site acquisition team can implement the most cost-effective and efficient strategy for deploying wireless telecommunications networks.
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