Cell Tower Siting

Association of Construction and Development
July 19, 2013 — 1,414 views  

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 was passed in February and signed by president Obama. The Act brings with it quite a few changes regarding extensions in payments, tax benefits, and unemployment benefits for the citizens of the country. Section 6409(A) of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act is specific to the modifications regarding the construction of cell towers.

A Basic Layout of Section 6409(A) Regarding Telecommunication

Simply put, the facility modifications include any provisional law in general, and specifically section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The other modifications simply include setting up wireless towers and the process behind setting up the same on government owned buildings. There are also certain discrepancies regarding the development of the master contract during the placement of service antennas on government owned or federal buildings.

Changing Trends in the Cell Phone Industry

With advancement in technology, and perpetually high demand for cell phones, we are now in a situation where many major parts in cities already have cell towers and receive excellent connectivity. Companies involved in the construction of these towers are now trying to set up towers in less populated areas in order to ensure connectivity even in the outskirts.

Legal Implications of the Trend

Enforcing laws centered on encroaching land area specific to other purposes like farming or mining is probably a safe move. Companies will only try to increase their profit, usually with quite little regard of ethics as long as what they do is legal. Having a law passed or making an amendment in an Act is not a fast process. This is why it is important to look out for changing trends so that you may start processing bills that may come in handy in the near future.

Criticism of Certain Laws

Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with the zoning laws in the US today. People feel that the restrictions regarding the creation of zones are a violation of property rights. People also feel that the zones are discriminatory.

How the Same Laws Benefit the Telecommunications Business

Those in the telecommunications business capitalize on the segregation. They now have a chalked out map where they can address their target groups more easily. Siting cell towers in specific zones where it is ideal and addressing a large number of customers becomes easier.

Providing Concessions to Help Both Parties

Both the government and the telecommunications business benefit from certain concessions that motivate businesses to set up structures in less populated parts of the country. Since the government as well as telecommunications businesses want to encompass all places so that communication is possible from anywhere, this may be seen as a bad investment.

Building a tower in the outskirts provides the experience of a cell phone to very few people. Some of these people may not even have a need for a cell phone. This goes to show that there are not many consumers to address, which is why building wireless towers in these zones is not so profitable. Certain measures to motivate businesses could be taken.

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