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THE KANSAS LIFELINE

July 2018

the means of signal
transmission has been long
predicted. These predictions
have largely failed to
materialize as the need for
antenna space seems to be
greater than ever. The
recently announced plan to
merge Sprint and T-Mobile,

the number three and four major cell service
providers, if approved, will likely reduce the number
of antennas used by those combined companies by
about one-third. This may or may not have a material
or lasting effect on the overall market for cellular
phone antenna locations.

Conclusion

Leasing of elevated water storage tanks or

standpipes for commercial antennas can be a very
attractive opportunity for water systems. Care should
be given to the written agreement with the antenna
owner. All available resources, including the water
system’s consultants, and in some cases, specialized
consultants should be utilized to make sure the water
system is protected.

approved under a conditional use
permit that specified the uses
authorized on the site.

3. SPECIALIZED ADVICE: Water tank
antenna leasing has become
commonplace to the point where
there are consultants available to
consult on technical, legal and
business considerations. One of the
most difficult aspects of an antenna lease, particularly
with cellular telephone companies, is how to
evaluate the rent being offered. The value of a
particular tower is very site specific, so that it is very
difficult to compare one lease to the next. A tower
near the KSU football stadium will have a very
different value than one located miles from any city
or highway. An online search will reveal consultants
such as www.steelintheair.com that can be retained
to help evaluate a specific tower site and advise the
water system on how to negotiate a fair rental.

The Future of Water Tower Antenna Leasing 

The future of leasing of water towers for antennas

has been in doubt for many years. Predictions of
wholesale replacement of antennas with satellites as

One of the most difficult

aspects of an antenna lease,

particularly with cellular

telephone companies, is

how to evaluate the rent

being offered.