Building and Structure Access

Community Broadband Playbook

Top Takeaways

  • Allowing broadband providers access to lines of sight like roofs of government buildings, water towers, and other tall structures to install transmitters, antennas and other networking equipment can result in broadband deployment with fewer costs, promoting expansion in your area.
  • See our example tower agreements for how your community can support building and structure access.

Wireless internet service providers (WISPs) can beam strong broadband connections from a fiber connection to homes and businesses that cannot normally receive a fiber broadband connection. The wireless internet signal can be beamed many miles away to receivers within line of sight of the transmitters. Therefore, allowing broadband providers access to roofs of government buildings, water towers, and other tall structures to install transmitters, antennas and other networking equipment can result in broadband deployment with fewer costs. Tower ordinances should be reviewed so that any roadblocks to deployment can be addressed.  Several Counties have reviewed and made changes to their ordinances and the technical assistance team can help with specifics on changes that have helped impact deployment.

EXAMPLE TOWER AGREEMENT #1

Here is an example of an agreement for leniency for tower access from Mt. Olive, N.C.

EXAMPLE TOWER AGREEMENT #1

Here is an example of an agreement for leniency for tower access from Stanly County, N.C.

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