/// A View to a Cell: San Francisco Mobile Towers Get Prime Real Estate (Video)

June 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Glance at the marquee at the 2000 Van Ness Medical Arts Building, and you’ll see a long list of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals. But it’s the tenants that aren’t listed — the ones with the stellar rooftop view — that have drawn a crowd of reporters on this sunny Tuesday afternoon. This building, like 2,000 other spots in the Bay Area, is home to the bulky electrical equipment needed to send and receive cellphone signals. For the privilege of housing their gear, phone companies pay thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars per month. In some cases, landlords make more from the towers on their roofs than they do from the tenants inside their building. Because it’s so hard to get approval to build new towers, the same locations are often home to more than one carrier’s cell towers, and it has become commonplace to see towers from fierce rivals located right next to each other. And once one cell company makes its way in someplace, the others tend to follow. This particular rooftop, for example, houses gear for Sprint, MetroPCS and AT&T.

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A View to a Cell: San Francisco Mobile Towers Get Prime Real Estate (Video)


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