Municipal DAS Pole-Top Agreements
One of the fastest growing areas of wireless network development is fiber optic Distributed Antenna Systems, or DASs. As an alternative to traditional cell towers and/or rooftop antennas, wireless carriers are utilizing DASs comprised of small, unobtrusive repeaters to solve cell phone coverage and capacity issues. These repeaters are most often erected on municipal or utility-owned light or wooden poles located in the public right-of-way.
Your community and its local officials may be approached by representatives of the wireless carriers or other companies seeking permission to co-locate these structures in the public right-of-way and on municipal or utility light poles. Steel in the Air can assist your community in the following areas:
- Through the use of our site mapping data, evaluating the applicant’s need for the DAS network when weighed against existing alternatives or infrastructure currently available for co-location
- Review the compensation, terms and condition of a municipal DAS Right-of-Way Use Agreement or Pole Attachment Agreement
- Explore, analyze and negotiate the availability of sharing the infrastructure of any proposed DAS network for municipal use.
There are many aspects to the negotiation of a DAS system that the average municipality is ill-equipped to deal with. DAS agreements typically bestow long terms rights on the wireless company with little ability for the municipality to terminate. A poorly neogitated agreement can impact your municipality in many ways which you might not even think about.
Steel in the Air can provide you one stop consulting on DAS agreements. We have legal and technical experts who can assist your community with evaluating the proposed Distributed Antenna System or DAS agreement.
Please contact us for further information.