December 2016

Client Testimonial: “Working with The Filo Group Was the Best Decision I Could Have Made”

December 21st, 2016|

There’s nothing we love more than a client success story – that’s why we work so tirelessly to help create them for cell site leaseholders and investors. Our industry expertise, experience and connections provide a unique advantage for our clients. These qualities, combined with clear, timely communication and a heart for service, bring about optimal [...]

November 2016

Are Cell Towers Becoming an Obsolete Technology?

November 28th, 2016|

Approximately 250,000 U.S. cell tower leaseholders collect rent, typically monthly. For very good reason, they want to know the answer to this important question that affects both their properties and their pocketbooks: What is the future of cell towers? Escalating demand for 24/7 location-independent, data-heavy mobile connectivity is pushing the need for more capacity, faster [...]

Crown Castle to Acquire FiberNet for $1.5 Billion

November 6th, 2016|

Wireless tower company Crown Castle International announced on November 1, 2016 that it would be making yet another fiber acquisition. The Houston company will pay $1.5 billion for FiberNet Holdings, plus other assets from NextEra Energy. By acquiring FiberNet, Crown Castle gains access to approximately 11,500 route miles of fiber installed and under construction in [...]

October 2016

What Cell Site Leaseholders Need to Know about Cell Site Modifications: Routine Maintenance vs. Material Modifications & Upgrades

October 23rd, 2016|

Modifications to cell sites and wireless equipment happen all the time, and this type of activity shows no signs of slowing. At this year’s Wireless Infrastructure Show, SBA Communications CEO Jeffrey Stoops commented, “There’s a tremendous amount of touches…on the macro sites today. They’re different touches than they were two years ago, when it was [...]

What Does the 5G Future Look Like, and What Could Be In It For You?

October 5th, 2016|

With exponentially growing demand for mobile connectivity in all places at all times, it seems the much-anticipated 5G mobile standard can’t come soon enough. 5G promises ultra-fast speeds that blow what consumers are used to getting with the 4G LTE networks out of the water. How much faster exactly? Al Burke, AT&T’s assistant VP for [...]

September 2016

AT&T Says Current Wireless Tower Business Model ‘Not Sustainable’

September 20th, 2016|

Wireless carriers have many operating expenses, but the spending involved in building and maintaining network equipment and infrastructure is an enormous burden—one that carriers are looking to lessen whenever possible. Carriers are paying a major price, literally, for the land leases and tower use fees for cellular equipment that define the traditional cell tower space [...]

August 2016

Wireless Carrier Mergers and Decommissioned Cell Sites: A Threat to Cell Site Leaseholders

August 28th, 2016|

Historically, mergers between wireless carriers have been bad news for cell site leaseholders because network consolidation generates huge risks to cell site values. Redundancies and changing technology inevitably result in cell site decommissioning, hence the reason why most lease contracts include a provision that allows the tenant to terminate a lease with as little as [...]

July 2016

New FAA Rules Likely to Reduce Cell Tower Deaths

July 20th, 2016|

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration revealed “Part 107,” a new collection of rules to govern the use of drones by commercial operators. Prior to the decision, individuals flying drones for for-profit entities—such as photographers, farmers, or real estate agents—were required to have a pilot’s license. The updated regulations replace that requirement with [...]

Cell Tower News: Federal Appeals Court Rules Cell Tower Location Records Are Not Protected

July 8th, 2016|

The Fourth Amendment prohibits “unreasonable” government searches and seizures, requiring a warrant that is judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. In our increasingly digital world, interpreting the supreme law of the land becomes less clear-cut and more open to question. How should courts determine what is and isn’t reasonable when applying old laws to [...]

Should I Sell My Cell Tower Lease? 4 Solid Reasons to Say Yes

July 5th, 2016|

If you’re considering selling your cell tower lease, you have a decision on your hands that could tremendously impact on your financial future. How do you ultimately make the call? What factors should go into your decision-making process? Having been on the other side of the table in the business of cell tower lease buyouts [...]