Milestone Communications Launches Public Safety Infrastructure Program

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Wireless towers for county first responder networks help with FCC Narrowbanding Compliance, save on capital expenditures and create opportunities for future revenues.

Wireless infrastructure development and management firm, Milestone Communications, announced today the launch of its Public Safety Infrastructure Program, a partnership with counties to install wireless public safety towers on government property, without incurring capital expenditures. The program can help counties build out additional wireless public safety towers in time for the FCC’s narrowbanding compliance deadline, eliminate tough budget choices on infrastructure investments and create future capacity that may be leased by private operators as a revenue generating source for counties.

The FCC has set a deadline of January 1, 2013, for all public safety mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512 MHz radio bands to cease using 25 kHz efficiency technology, and begin using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. This “narrowbanding” will allow additional channel capacity and support more users of the spectrum, providing first responders with greater access to communications channels during emergencies.

In a statement made at the end of last year, FCC bureau chief James Arden Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral (Ret.), said, “We are at a critical juncture in this process, especially with the deadline approaching, state and local governments tightening budgets, and public safety officials working hard to explain their fiscal and technical needs to lawmakers.”

Milestone’s Public Safety Infrastructure Program is a partnership with local governments to fund and build new tower site locations. Milestone funds 100% of the construction of public safety wireless towers, and manages tower maintenance and leasing. Local governments then lease space for public safety network equipment. Milestone markets the surplus tower space to wireless carriers, and as wireless carriers lease space, the revenue created is shared with the county. Revenues for a county can generate up to $50,000 per tower.

“Milestone helps counties build out essential public safety network infrastructure more rapidly,” said Len Forkas, Milestone CEO. “As wireless demand grows, capacity on these towers can also be leased by mobile network operators to provide additional mobile coverage for consumers, while returning revenues for local schools, parks and other county programs in the long term.”

Milestone is initially offering its Public Safety Infrastructure program for counties in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

About Milestone Communications
Founded in 2000, Milestone Communications specializes in developing stealth wireless infrastructure in partnership with local schools and governments, generating millions of dollars annually for its partners. Based in Reston, Virginia, Milestone has developed and managed over 50 wireless towers and has secured over 600 locations for future infrastructure development in the greater Washington metropolitan area. For more information, visit http://www.milestonecommunications.com.

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