While many people oppose the construction of cell towers due to aesthetic reasons or apprehension regarding the safety, the benefits of cell towers are often overlooked and swept under the rug. Not only do cell towers provide you with better cell phone reception, since the closer you are to a tower the better service you will receive, they also provide additional funds for local businesses and communities who lease their land to the cell tower companies.
In Athens, Minnesota, Russ Mann had a dream of creating a nicer baseball field for the Little League to play on and a cell tower provided the city with the majority of funds to achieve this goal. Mike Max reported for CBS Minnesota, “A cell tower provided Athens with a $36,000 in seed money for the baseball field. But with more funds needed, Mann – alongside is family and friends – started getting creative, tapping into a momentum that became contagious in the town.”
Without the revenue from the cell tower, the creation of this baseball field would have been much more difficult to achieve and perhaps impossible. Cell towers are a great way to increase revenue for local business, churches, schools, or communities. A cell tower company is a long term tenant who can always pay the rent.
The Pew Research Center discovered that, “Cell phones are now being used by 91% of adults, according to the survey conducted between April 17 and May 19 of 2,252 adults.” With over 190,000 cell towers and the number of cell phone users in the U.S. increasing, leasing property to cell tower companies is a great way to increase potential revenue. The effect of the cell tower in Athens, Minnesota was so much more than great cell reception. There is now a place in their community for children to play baseball, the ultimate American pastime.