Negotiating Broadcast Tower Leases
Broadcast towers provide mounting space for FM radio, AM radio, and Television (TV) antennas. These antennas are massive, weighing anywhere from 1,000 pounds to 15 tons depending upon the type of service they provide and the market. Most broadcast towers are guyed towers with three or more guy wires attached to grounded anchors. Because of this, a guyed tower can take up quite a lot of space - sometimes as much as 300 acres or more. That's why many broadcast towers are placed in rural areas away from densely populated areas or on mountaintops where natural elevation provides the best location for transmitting a signal across a wider viewing or listening market.
Negotiating broadcast tower leases is a bit more challenging than negotiating cell tower leases. For example, while the broadcaster may have more latitude in their engineering requirements for the broadcast tower placement, there may be other restrictions that the average landowner has no way of knowing.
These restrictions revolve around:
- FAA regulations regarding air safety
- Local zoning regulations
- FCC regulations regarding licensing and spacing between stations
It is precisely because of these complexities that you should seek expert assistance in negotiating broadcast tower leases. Similar to cell tower leases, there are many criteria to evaluate; however, finding comparable lease data is significantly harder. Relying on hearsay information from other landowners is not advisable -- who knows if they were able to strike the best deal?
The experts at Steel in the Air are here to assist you with evaluating a broadcast tower lease and help you negotiate a deal that protects your best interests. We have developed broadcast tower leases in the past and are familiar with how to negotiate and evaluate complicated offers.
If a television or radio station has contacted you about placing a broadcast tower on your property or an antenna on your mountaintop, please Contact us immediately.
(Note: if you have not been contacted to host a broadcast tower on your property, we cannot help you get one, so please do not contact us).