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Tilson Provides Scale and Speed in a Difficult Permitting Environment


Tilson’s customer, a major wireless communications service provider, needed to improve its network coverage and capacity in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which is a densely populated city across the river from Manhattan that experiences frequent traffic congestion.   


The City of Fort Lee is concerned with pole proliferation and ROW congestion. Permitting new poles has historically been difficult in all of northern New Jersey, and in many cases has taken two years, or more, to secure all necessary entitlements.


Tilson provided site acquisition, pole construction, test and turn-up and pole development on 34 poles.  Tilson’s customer brought their own fiber to the pole. Tilson was able to deliver the solution less than one year after receiving the notice to proceed (NTP), a remarkably fast turn-around for any heavily populated urban area. The elements of Tilson’s success included obtaining Fort Lee’s municipal consent for all 34 poles in 10 weeks, having well-informed site selection and consistent communication with the municipality that resulted in a 100% “first time” success rate, turning around design revisions quickly by self-performing design work, tight management of required regulatory review,  warehousing and management of the customers’ equipment that included adopting of their internal coding system, and deft management of power provisioning and inspections. 

Providing Elemental Infrastructure to Solve Our Customers Toughest Challenges

Tilson provided a customized solution at scale that enabled our customer to leverage its fiber supply and expedite time to market, and ultimately provide better wireless service to mobile customers in Fort Lee.  


A major wireless communications provider


  • Network coverage in a high traffic area
  • Permitting new poles without extensive delays
  • Concerns about pole proliferation

Solutions / Services

  • Infrastructure development
  • Customizable solutions at scale
  • Fast turn-around times despite challenging conditions
  • Working closely with municipalities to determine the best site selections

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