Vertical Consultants CEO Weighs in on Tenn. School District Cell Tower Issue

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Vertical Consultants CEO, Hugh Odom, contributes to Knoxville News Sentinel article.

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There is usually a great disparity in knowledge between the telecommunications company and the owner of the land.

Vertical Consultants is proud to announce the company’s CEO, Hugh Odom, recently contributed his expert opinion to a discussion regarding cell tower revenue opportunities and options for the Knox County School District. Odom, with over 15 years’ experience in the telecom industry heads Vertical Consultants, a telecom consulting firm specializing in cell tower lease negotiation and cell tower landlord advocacy.

The article indicates the land to be used for housing the cell tower and its telecom equipment is located near Farragut High School. The initial revenue from U.S. Cellular, the company interested in leasing school land, would be around $12,000 to $15,000 but has the potential to reach $40,000 a year, according to school board chairwoman Karen Carson. The article also indicates current zoning ordinances in the area would have to be amended in order for U.S. Cellular to proceed with the process of leasing school land and the placement of their tower and telecom equipment.

Hugh Odom, President and Founder of Vertical Consultants, stated in the article “There is usually a great disparity in knowledge between the telecommunications company and the owner of the land. The cell tower company knows how much that site is worth to them, but the land owner doesn't usually have the information they need to determine that same value and as result most land owners have and continue to be underpaid.”

Since inception, Vertical Consultants has become a catalyst for positive change in the telecom industry. On average, the telecom consulting firm increases property owners cell tower rent by 98% and has, in just over one year, recovered over 100 years’ worth of unpaid cell tower rent and expenses, collectively. These statistics validate the wide disparities existing between property owners and the telecom giants.

Vertical Consultants, founded in 2010 by Hugh Odom, is comprised of a group of wireless industry veterans with decades of combined experience. Priding itself as the only true landowner advocate, Vertical Consultants handles all aspects of telecom transactions and negotiations on behalf of property owners, from start to finish. To learn more about the disparities within the telecom industry, visit or contact Vertical Consultants' Public Relations Director at Joanna (at) vertical-consultants (dot) com.

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