In the middle of the 2008 PCIA show in Hollywood, Florida I asked Dustin Cahill who works with me at Md7 if he heard anything and with a strange look on his face he shook his head and said “I don’t hear anything.” To which I responded “Exactly!” He thought I was crazy, but I was making a point – the wireless infrastructure show (and the wireless industry as a whole) was noticeably silent on my favorite professional topic – cellular leases and how to how to improve them.
Oh, there is always plenty of talk about site acquisition, zoning problems, and regulatory issues. That is the same ole stuff. In 2008 I also heard a lot of talk about DAS, “drop and swaps” and of course the “Titans of Tower” hour was very interesting. But no one was talking about the leases themselves. Things like: What are the key terms in a good lease? How can these key terms be improved? Can we bag CPI escalators forever? And the all important one our industry seems to never openly discuss, why are rents so high and what can be done about it?
I have committed the last five years of my career to these very questions and had some very interesting conversations – some positive and some not. Some people liked what I was saying and some told me I was crazy – some even hurled a few personal insults. But seriously, we need to be talking about this topic and others.
It took me several months since that inspirational moment in South Florida last year to figure out Web 2.0, social networking, tweeting, connecting, making Facebook friends and the hardest of all – WordPress. But you are reading the result; my first blog! This is the introduction of my contribution to sharing information among wireless industry players to encourage what I call “mutually beneficial outcomes.”
I’ll try not to be narcissistic in here. I am not blogging to change the world, self-promote or generate business for myself. I simply would like to engage in legitimate, interesting, respectful conversation and make acquaintances within the wireless industry – whether we agree or not. Let’s call it stimulating professional conversation.
So, I hope you’ll enjoy the Opinion Pole and check back in regularly. I look forward to chatting with you!