Thats an interesting concept, as long as there are other local tower companies in your markets. Remember GSignal, rolled up a number of tower companies into them a while back to.
A lot of preferred tier 1 realestate will be owned by Crown now.
The disadvantage is that the large telcos get Master Agreements, and before you know a company like Sprint or Verizon overnight takes over your market by signing one agreement, excellerating their time to market. It also allows them to make a deal where their is less risk for them that their model will be compromised by a provider on the tower across the street, because the tower across the street was just rolled up.

I agree that this move will encourage the smalelr tower companies to work with WISPs. And someone can always see a silver lining if they look for it. I'm jsut argueing that the prefered goal might have been to want the bigger companies to be more WISP friendly. I just hope that some of GSignal's personel goes with the assets, or Crown learns from GSignal in the aquisition.

This doesn't have to be a bad thing, Crown could be trying to be a better company, and costs sometimes can go down if they get all teh business instead of jsut have of it. What tower the business is actually on is irrelevant.

It also might be worthy to note that Michael Anderson, had discussed good experiences several years ago, working with Crown to be mroe WISP friendly. And the reasoning they weren;t WISP friendly wasn't intentional, they just didn't really understand the market yet, and as a big company had a lot of reps that didn't understand it either.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


----- Original Message ----- From: "Blake Bowers" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 12:06 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Crown Castle / Global signal


Exactly.  Crown is a nightmare if you are not a carrier, and
they are doing the assimiliation.

Smaller tower owners will continue to cater to the smaller
companies, the WISPS, and continue to gain their business.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom DeReggi" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2006 8:07 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Crown Castle / Global signal


How do you figure? Crown Castle is a nightmare to work with, and Global Signal has worked well with WISPS. I hope Crown Castle takes Global Signal's good sense with the purchase.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband



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