March 2017: National First Responder program funds a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to first responders. http://www.firstnet.gov/ It is a major $46 billion national initiative funded by the Department of Commerce. AT&T is awarded the first phase of the contract. How does this impact landlords of existing cell towers? Absolutely none. The beneficiary of the program will be (1) first responders when the system is operational (2) AT&T for the profit they will reap from this government contract (3) tower companies (SBA, Crown Castle, and ATC) for having the towers in place to lease additional tower space for such expansions. Not surprisingly, practically all existing tower landlords will see no benefits because they do not own the towers. They merely collect rent for the tower space. For the few landlords that currently have revenue-sharing arrangement negotiated in their contracts, they will see a bump up in their monthly income if their site is selected as the FirstNet tower location. For very savvy landlords, they contact CellWaves to change this arrangement so that the lease terms that were negotiated 10-20 years ago are corrected by CellWaves. Click on “Contact Us” and let us tell you how we can help you make more money.