Property owners nationwide trust Terabonne’s 25 years of hands-on cell tower leasing and engineering experience. Terabonne’s wireless expertise was forged from working as employees and consultants for wireless carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in wireless engineering, cell tower lease negotiations, zoning, construction and technical operations. Today, all of our experience, industry contacts, and expertise are applied to benefit our property owner clients involved in new cell tower and rooftop builds, lease extension negotiations, lump-sum cash buyouts, and resolving disputes involvingand
Terabonne seeks to maximize our clients’ long-term financial gains while protecting their property interests by applying our insider hands-on engineering, legal and technical expertise to represent our clients’ full range of cell tower leasing needs.
Terabonne’s staff delivers the highest level of professional telecommunications services to property owners with utmost integrity and care.
Tung Bui, President of Terabonne, Inc., has spent his entire professional career in the telecommunications industry since graduating from electrical engineering school in 1988. In 1995, after spending seven years with US West Communications (an AT&T baby Bell) building fiber-optic telecommunication networks connecting major cities on the West Coast, Tung joined the wireless industry when the FCC began to auction wireless spectrum licenses to experiment with cellular communications. This was Day 1 of the modern-day cell phone industry. Tung served as T-Mobile’s Executive Director responsible for RF engineering, cell tower leasing, zoning, and construction when it began as a start-up company named Western Wireless. During his 14-year tenure with T-Mobile, Tung helped shape the wireless industry’s cell tower leasing practices, signed thousands of cell tower leases on behalf of T-Mobile, and led teams of, , , and to construct and grow T-Mobile cell tower infrastructure across the U.S.
With an electrical engineering degree from Oregon State University, a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark, and 14 years as T-Mobile’s engineering and real estate development executive, Tung founded Terabonne in 2010 to provide engineering and site development services to wireless carriers. In 2015, Terabonne shifted its focus exclusively to wireless property owners when Tung recognized a need for experienced cell tower experts who could properly represent landlords facing the wireless carrier giants. Today, armed with a team of engineers, legal staff, tower lease negotiators, and project/property managers, Terabonne is the industry leader and authority in representing individual and corporate landlords.
Many property owners who have been offered a cell tower lease by wireless carriers, or want to extend their existing tower lease, believe all they need is assistance with lease negotiations from a leasing consultant. This is far too narrow of a view. The lease is merely one of the many components a qualified consultant must address to protect the project and property owner’s interests. Terabonne is the “one-stop shop” cell tower lease consultant that handles everything tower-related for property owners. Intrusive testing and liabilities, tower designs, structural loading, perpetual squatting, heavy equipment usage and road repairs, radio frequency interference and liabilities, access and easements, zoning conditional use permits, correct rental rates based on propagation modeling and coverage predictions, additional future income, limitation of use of property, etc… all require industry engineering and operational experience with legal expertise in order to properly represent landlords. We charge our clients nothing for this full service until the project is complete to our clients’ complete satisfaction. Please read on to better understand why our clients are thrilled to have Terabonne resolve so many of their engineering issues while we also negotiate their cell tower leases.
When property owners hire Terabonne, they are getting the expertise of an organization that has decades of experience working with wireless carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Dish Wireless cell tower lease negotiated, or your 30-year old tower lease needs to be extended, we at Terabonne are uniquely qualified to help landlords navigate a wide range of wireless income opportunities. We accomplish this by focusing our team’s wireless experience to negotiate the best cell tower lease terms with the least amount of legal exposures to our property owner clients.designing, leasing, zoning, permitting, constructing, and operating cell towers. Whether you need a new AT&T or
Experience, contacts, and reputation in the wireless industry matter when Dish Network hires employees from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint to build out a new Dish Wireless national cellular network. Knowing the right industry people and design criteria helps our clients immensely. In fact, through our lease volumes with Dish Network, Terabonne is able to create the national lease template that defines the terms we would accept across all Dish rooftop and tower leases nationwide.
Terabonne will not hesitate to redesign a cell tower or rooftop site if the wireless carriers’ designs are not in our client’s best interests. That’s exactly what Tung Bui did for New York real estate attorney Jonathan Gottlieb, who hired Terabonne to represent his apartment complex. For Bus Hudson, who owns farmland in Idaho, Terabonne re-designed the tower placement, access easements, and road requirements to better fit Mr. Hudson’s future property plans. Our goal is to make sure site designs respect the property owners’ current and anticipated use of their land while improving the likelihood of securing zoning approvals for the cell tower project. By discussing and understanding our clients’ long term use of their land, we avoid future potential issues for our clients. Terabonne’s cell tower designs are also supported by Verizon, AT&T, Dish Network and T-Mobile alike because the designs respect the wireless carriers’ RF engineering and operational requirements. Simply put, to modify cell tower designs that satisfy the needs of our clients and the wireless carriers’ engineering and operational requirements require highly specialized skills. Terabonne is the only one-stop firm that handles it all.
Terabonne’s engineering expertise assures that our property owner clients are well-represented on engineering, technical, contractual and operational matters. Whether it is cell tower valuation, structural loading, communications links, sound attenuation, RF propagation, power systems, core drilling, equipment sizing, easements, zoning restrictions, or access road maintenance requirements, these all require civil, electrical and structural engineering expertise. Terabonne offers full engineering and lease negotiation services to our clients because our 25 years of hands-on wireless experience tells us cell tower leases cannot be negotiated properly without a full understanding of engineering aspects of the project.
To go after a $206 billion company for this much money, your engineering must be rock solid, your legal arguments must be irrefutable, and your name must be well-respected. This is why property owners hire Terabonne to do much more than just negotiating their tower leases. We turn every lease inside out. We study the engineering, surveys, electrical drawings, taxes, tower designs, contract terms, easements, landlord hidden rights, equipment restrictions, etc… To stand up to a giant, we do not need to be the same size. We just need to be smarter. That’s why smart landlords and businesses trust the Terabonne name nationwide.
When a cell tower or rooftop site is built, our clients enjoy regular rental income for decades to come. Some clients choose to turn their monthly rental income to one-time lump sum cash payment instead. This gives our clients financial flexibilities to plan their retirement, estate plans, or property sale. We enjoy helping our clients weigh these options when the time is right for our clients. Terabonne’s network of contacts in the wireless industry allows us to find the highest bidders among Wall Street firms seeking to purchase rooftop or cell tower leases . Whether your cell tower was built by Terabonne or someone else from years past, Terabonne is the company to fetch top dollars for any cell towers or rooftop properties. We obtain the best prices because we do not purchase our clients’ leases. This would put us at odds with our clients. Instead, we charge a small fee for finding, negotiating, and closing the best purchase price possible for our clients.
All wireless carriers and tower developers have Site Development departments to manage their cell tower development programs. Their teams include: lease representatives who interact with landlords; zoning specialists who understands zoning codes; construction staff; operations specialists; environmentalists; biologists; architectural and engineering designers; compliance staff to handle a range of local, state, and federal regulations; real estate managers who review business terms; and finally legal staff to review the legal terms. Note that only a small area in the Site Development process involves leasing. To be on a level playing field with wireless carriers, property owners must have consultants that match or exceed the carriers’ skill levels in all areas of development, not just “lease negotiations” alone. This is where Terabonne’s full-service expertise benefits our clients every step of the way.
A cell tower is a living technology structure that continually advances to support the telecommunications evolutions we’ve experienced from brick phones to smartphones today. We are currently witnessing 5G (fifth generation) technology upgrades, meaning that the tower and its related electronics, cables, antennas, power sources, and structures have supported the upgrades of five generations of wireless telecom technologies. Property owners who successfully maximize their wireless income potential must actively manage the cell tower through the life of the lease. After a cell tower comes on-air and becomes operational, our tower management work continues over decades to enforce the terms of the lease, introduce and collect additional income as opportunities arise, and protect landlords’ rights from wireless tenants’ encroachments.
Terabonne has a unique advantage as consultants to property owner landlords. We have decades of hands-on insider wireless carrier experience in engineering, law, and real estate to make sure our clients’ interests are protected. We stay with our client’s projects from start to finish, even after the lease has been signed and the cell tower has been built. Additionally, we are involved in all aspects of our clients’ cell tower development process.
As established consultants, wireless carriers and tower companies are accustomed to working with Terabonne. Our clients benefit from our industry reputation and successes in turning the seemingly complex field of high-tech real estate into safe and profitable opportunities. So, why Terabonne? Because we do it all; saving you the headaches and surprises, while increasing your income and peace of mind knowing that our full-service industry experts are on your side.
Well before you are presented with the need for a cell tower on your property, the wireless carrier has been trying to solve a number of engineering problems. These include dropped calls, bad coverage, poor spectral utilization, interference and slow data throughputs. The cell tower is a component of a larger wireless network. Without an understanding of the big picture, it is difficult to recognize how valuable your site is to the entire system. This is where Terabonne comes in. Our actions are guided by our hands-on industry experience in all the required disciplines of cell site development. We properly negotiate every cell tower lease with a solid understanding of the engineering and legal aspects of your specific cell tower application. This is how Terabonne consistently helps property owners realize safe, rewarding and strong cell tower income for decades to come. When it comes to high-tech cellular tower leasing opportunities, let Terabonne’s team of experts protect you entirely.
Short answer: Nothing. Terabonne only charges a fee after we have secured satisfactory income for our clients. Terabonne consistently delivers higher rental income and values to our clients even after accounting for our fee. Terabonne does not require upfront payment nor do we charge a retainer fee. We do not charge by the hour. We do not charge clients for speaking with us. We only earn a fee when our clients get paid. That’s an unheard of guarantee in any industry. That’s confidence.
Many property owners tell us that their “consultants” charged them tens of thousands of dollars to negotiate their leases, but the towers never got built. That will never be the case when Terabonne is involved as we are only compensated when the tower does get built.
In fact, clients have told us that it would have cost them lots of money not to hire Terabonne! Terabonne’s core belief is that our goals must be aligned with our clients’ goals; that we are aiming for the same results. It is typical for us to spend days or weeks at no cost to our prospective clients to understand their needs fully and to discuss strategies before taking on their projects. All of our clients make more money by hiring us. Please call us to find out how we can assist you.
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Property owners who retain Terabonne consultants can be assured that they’ll end up with cell tower leases that meet their property use requirements for decades to come and generate considerably higher cell tower income. Terabonne supports our tower projects throughout the engineering designs, negotiations, leasing, construction and growth phases. We deliver substantially more than just negotiating the lease. If you want transparency, integrity, and experience, please contact us anytime.
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A ROFR grants the tower owner the right to match an offer by some third party who makes an offer to purchase your lease that you accept.
Crown Castle, American Tower ATC, SBA Towers are the “Big Three” tower companies.
Attorneys retained by wireless carriers authorized to review legal terms but never allowed to negotiate financial nor technical terms of the lease because they lack the technincal skills.
A person who specializes in land use matters well knowledgeable in its jurisdictional requirements.
A person hired by the wireless carrier to contact property owners to discuss lease terms. This role has evolved to be landlord facing rather than lease negotiations.
Geographical areas depicted in a circle (ring) drawn by radio frequency (RF) engineers defining the areas requiring new cell towers and technical parameters surrounding such designs.
Companies who build towers and lease back to wireless carriers. These companies almost always receive Search Rings from wireless carriers defining where carriers need towers to be built.
Radio Frequency engineers who specialize in the radio wave propagation. These are the engineers to define cell tower locations.
Companies that purchase cell tower leases with the purpose of repackaging (aggregating) them in a larger portfolio and selling them for a profit at a later time.