Will the presence of a cell site have a negative effect on my property value?
Independent appraisers across the country have analyzed the potential impact new cell sites might have on local property values. These studies demonstrate that having a cell site nearby does not diminish property values.
“Cellular phone towers do not have a measurable or identifiable impact on residentialproperty values.”
- The Valuation Group, Inc. in a study conducted for Twin Cities 13-County Metropolitan Area, Minnesota and Western Minnesota, January 2007
“Not a single example was found to support the test hypothesis that property values decline after the installation of a Wi-Fi or wireless antenna.”
- Tarantello and Associates in a study of numerous properties and communities in Southern California, April 2008
“There is no diminution in the value of homes with a view of a telecommunications facility.”
- Lane Appraisals, Inc. in a study conducted in Airmont, New York, May 2006
Why does T-Mobile need these three sites?
Current T-Mobile service in these particular areas does not provide the level of in-building coverage that customers tell us they need and expect. Our customers increasingly depend upon wireless coverage inside their homes and other buildings. Recent studies indicate that more than half of all cell phone calls are made from homes. In addition, 20 percent of U.S. households do not have landlines and rely solely on mobile phones.
Can T-Mobile co-locate on other cell sites to meet coverage needs in these areas?
Unfortunately no. Our preference is to always co-locate when and where possible. However, there are no existing sites available for co-location that will meet our coverage needs in these areas.
What about placing these cell sites in industrial or commercial zones in Milton?
There are no commercial or industrial areas available that will meet our coverage objectives for these three sites.
Why did T-Mobile choose these locations?
T-Mobile identified the largest parcels available that could be leased by the property owners and could meet our coverage objectives. The parcel sizes for the three proposed sites are 10, 26 and 51 acres, respectively.
Why are the proposed sites so tall?
Our equipment needs to be tall enough to ensure the signal can reach as large an area as possible, especially given the rolling hills and tall trees throughout the area.
- A PDF version of our Wireless Siting Brochure and link to our Take Action website that also has additional educational information about wireless technology included: http://www.t-mobile-takeaction.com/aboutwireless.html