Verizon Wireless wants an easement to use the Town’s right of way for its small cell and related equipment. Fair enough — until you read the document. Here are some things that are deal breakers:
- The easement is “perpetual” - forever. That is too long. Pole license agreements in major cities have terms measured in years or decades, not lifetimes.
- Verizon Wireless can install equipment in any “shapes, sizes and configurations.” This defeats the purpose of the submitted plans, if Verizon Wireless can change its configuration at any time. Forever is a long time.
- No obligation to maintain its equipment. A telecom might let equipment rust and decay if not cost effective to upgrade or maintain, as claimed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania (link below)
- The easement can be used by or sold to anyone. Imagine the horror of future townsfolk if the easement is sold for big bucks to the likes of a Monty Burns of the Simpsons.