Dave,

Not to rain on your parade but the cost of a Wireless tower should be around 
$5,000-$10,000, the cost of a Cell qualified tower $50,000 to $100,000 by the 
time you are finished.  Engineering is the biggest costs, foundations, wind 
loading, lighting, etc. etc.  Then you might get $2000 a month tops but I'm 
seeing more cell leases in the $1000 range which offers an awfully long ROI in 
return for a lot of money up front.  Oh and don't forget the required 
communications hut they will require (they won't want your building) that piles 
it on.   In your case it sounds like the FAA might want to get involved which 
means a public comment period and a whole lot of paperwork.

I chose to put up a 100 foot monopole, or I should say I have one laying on the 
ground waiting for the year's worth of permits and the excavation of an 
inverted "T" frame concrete foundation that was engineered 15 feet deep.   To 
think how much of this over $100K NOC I built that could have expanded my 
customer base with $700 wood poles and lots of AP's and CPE actually returning 
my income.  I know I'm not answering your question but all I'm saying is if you 
haven't gotten too far into this process it's a tall order and essentially a 
new business.

Forbes Mercy
President - Washington Broadband, Inc.

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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Dave Brenton
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 11:30 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: [WISPA] - Hello Group! - Can we talk towers?

Hello WISPA!

It's great to be aboard.

I have several questions about towers, but I'm going to 
try to hold it to TWO, starting out.

1) Does anyone on the list have experience with the FCC/FAA maze?
   Our Network Operations Center will be at the base of an 
   as-yet-to-be-constructed 300 foot Commercial Grade 
   Communications Tower.

   In attempting to get the FCC/FAA Permit(s) to place this 
   tower I've run into a Catch-22, or so it would seem.

  The FAA Forms want an FCC Registration Number, and of course
   the FCC Forms want an FAA Registration Number.

   So.....   Who's on first?

I've searched and searched and cannot find a step-by-step or
flowchart explaining the procedure to get the permit process 
started, let alone completed.

Anyone with some experience with this matter will be 
a hero forever with me.

BTW to avoid the questions I explain right now that - -
NO we don't NEED a 300 Footer for our wireless coverage,
but... I live in the middle of Cell-Hell and I'm willing to
speculate the one or more of the Cell Providers in this 
area will Co-Locate once an actual structure is in place.
Also the extra altitude will make if practical to Back-Haul
bandwidth for many-many miles thus reducing our wire-line
costs to a minimum.

2) Who's brands of towers are ya'll using?
     I need some guidance for "smaller" towers
    100-150 ft range, self supporting and guyed.

I have heard of some brands, but I also have concerns
about Wind Tolerance, since we are in an area that
does produce tornados from time to time.
I'd prefer to spend the money on a product that will
hold up and I'm not uncomfortable Climbing, IF I Must.

That's plenty for a first go.

Thanks loads,


Dave Brenton

General Manager
Rural Tennessee Wireless Broadband
Bringing FAST Internet to the rest of us (sm)
Dover TN
(931) 232-0914 office
(931) 627-1142 cell
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