Milestone provides a turnkey program, from marketing through building to tower management, while maintaining close relationships with all wireless carriers and continuously communicating with appropriate stakeholders.
Milestone’s business model is distinguishing in the wireless tower industry in that it is designed specifically to create public/private partnerships with municipalities and schools so they can financially benefit from the revenues generated by the placement and operation of local wireless towers.
What makes us different, and a preferred partner of public landowners, is our transparent community communications at each stage of development of a wireless tower. We understand that the benefit of increased wireless capacity to a community is often just as important as the appearance of wireless infrastructure.
Safety is of utmost concern at Milestone and we recognize that there may be concerns and questions regarding radio frequency (RF) safety, especially as it relates to children and families near wireless tower sites.
Milestone shares a percentage of the gross receipts it collects from wireless providers with the municipalities or schools housing the facility. In our experience, on average each wireless facility generates over $400,000 for the landowner over a ten-year period.
Safety and Community
Government and school properties are preferred sites for bringing wireless coverage to communities because they are centrally located, have enough space to reduce the visual impact of towers on surrounding neighborhoods and have more amenable zoning for tower placement.
Given the public nature of such partnerships, Milestone is committed to high standards of safety, legal and regulatory compliance and a development process that far exceeds regulatory standards for communication and transparency.
We are dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and frequently updated resource that includes Milestone’s ongoing efforts, the latest health and safety information, studies and a forum for you ask questions.
The Science Behind Cell Tower Safety
While public anxiety around cell tower safety over the past three decades has been understandable, it also has produced a wealth of research that should put to rest any remaining doubts about public safety and cell towers.
Below is a summary of the findings by the nation’s leading guardians of public safety:
Defining RF Energy
Wireless towers contain antenna panels that are two-way radios. They communicate by producing RF (radio frequency) energy at very low levels – so low that they require special equipment just to detect it.
RF energy from wireless towers should not be confused with “ionizing” radiation from other sources such as medical x-rays. RF energy does not have enough energy to ionize – break apart or damage the biological materials in cells – and is referred to as “non-ionizing” radiation. Non-ionizing radio energy is all around us, emanating from TV, radio, Wi-Fi transmitters, microwave ovens and baby monitors.
RF levels from the antenna are regularly analyzed and measured on all of Milestone’s sites. Some studies of our sites show that RF levels were 1,000 times lower than the FCC threshold. And the FCC threshold is 50 times lower than levels that could cause harm.
Safety At The Site
Milestone is sensitive to the unique access and security issues associated with school and government locations, and we are diligent in vetting the qualifications of contractors performing work on Milestone sites.
The equipment necessary to operate the tower is located behind a locked fence. This equipment compound is approximately 2,500 square feet, depending on the specific site locations. Each wireless provider has a 10’ x 20’ area within the compound for the required ground equipment.
Milestone is compliant with all applicable building codes. Our facilities are constructed in accordance with the ANSI/TIA-222-G structural design standards, which meet the requirements of each local jurisdiction’s building code.