Pole Ownership

Rights and Real Estate for Pole Ownership

Tilson, through its wholly-owned subsidiary SQF, LLC, has a growing portfolio of wooden utility poles and decorative stealth structures (both lighted and unlighted) supporting small cell and oDAS installations. SQF is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) or Competitive Access Provider in 20 states and counting (all other states expected in Q1 2018). We own and place utility structures in the public rights-of-way and on private property. We deploy our own radio access networks, available on a wholesale basis to carriers, as well as provide colocation to carriers on these poles. Our CLEC also provides dark fiber or other transport service to wireless operators as needed. Our real estate team works with municipalities to gain the proper right-of-way access agreements and permits for both SQF and the provider, ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal regulations. We work with municipalities to come up with creative design solutions that blend into the streetscape and match existing infrastructure. We partner with communities and approach each project with local sensitivity.

Our Projects

Replacing a Challenging Wood Pole

A wireless carrier wanted to use an existing wooden utility that was in poor repair. After extensive investigation, we determined that the pole was municipally-owned. The municipality did not object to the installation of a DAS node on its pole, but did not want to deal with the hassle of replacing and maintaining the pole. The municipality entered into an agreement with SQF transferring ownership of the pole to SQF and granting us the authority to operate in the municipality’s right-of-way. SQF replaced the pole and installed the carrier node on the replacement pole. Along the way we addressed engineering challenges of replacing the pole immediately adjacent to a canal.

Upgrading a Light Fixture

A wireless carrier had a search area for a oDAS node on a private street with underground utilities. Although there were no wooden utility poles, the street was lighted with several cobra head style light fixtures. Tilson, through SQF, approached the property owner and negotiated an agreement for SQF to remove one existing light fixture and replace it with an SQF-owned stealth light fixture concealing a oDAS node. Tilson obtained zoning approval for a custom-designed fixture manufactured to conceal the oDAS node and blend into the streetscape. The luminaire from the existing light fixture was transferred to the new SQF fixture, allowing the new structure to blend in seamlessly.

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