Wireless Tower News
June 2015

Milestone to Partner with Roanoke, VA County Schools

The Roanoke County School Board voted to issue an Intent to Award to Milestone Communications for the development and management of wireless base stations on its school sites. Milestone and the School Board are moving forward with negotiating a contract. Milestone will conduct feasibility surveys at the various properties and work to attract interest from wireless carriers to purchase space on proposed towers. Towers can generally hold equipment for up to five carriers interested in improving network coverage. Upon approval of both the County and the carriers, Milestone will oversee all construction and community outreach. "It's nice to have a unified carrier for this type of service on the schools' side," Board Chairman David Wymer said. "It has been a journey, but I think it will be a positive good." Link to Roanoke Times article via our website.

The Roanoke locations add to Milestone's 2000+ potential wireless infrastructure sites in the Mid-Atlantic region.

More New Faces at Milestone

Lara Pilk
Milestone is pleased to welcome two new team members. Lara Pilk and Tavan Smith join as administrative assistant and accounting assistant, respectively. Lara, a graduate of George Mason University, will assist with office management and marketing. Previously she worked as a human resources administrator at Simply Wireless, Inc. and as an assistant sales manager at Five Below. 

Tavan Smith
Tavan brings more than eight years of experience in the finance field to Milestone. He will assist with all aspects of Milestone accounting. Previous roles included accounts payable specialist at Gate Group and accounting analyst at DCS Corp. He is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College. 

Welcome to the team!
Len Forkas Addresses UTC

Milestone CEO, Len Forkas, served as a guest speaker at this year's Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The session, entitled Dominion Resources Case Study: A New Paradigm for Deploying Wireless Infrastructure - Partnerships Between Electric Utilities and Wireless Tower Builders, examined the benefits of a partnership between Dominion Power and Milestone. This included a general discussion of the ability of electric utilities to provide use of networks to support wireless telecommunications infrastructure, and the master agreement to allow Milestone to construct wireless towers and attendant facilities on abandoned Dominion substations throughout Virginia.
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About Milestone Communications
Founded in 2000, Milestone Communications is the leading developer of wireless towers in partnership with school and government landowners, enabling them to direct millions of dollars annually to educational and extracurricular budgets. Milestone solves network coverage priorities for the wireless industry efficiently and reliably by working closely with local communities to provide solutions that are aesthetically and functionally optimized for their environments. Milestone has developed and managed over 100 wireless towers over the last 15 years and currently manages more than 2,000 potential wireless infrastructure sites for 43 partners in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit


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In This Issue
Project Updates

Westgate Elementary School Fairfax County Public Schools

A replacement pole was installed at Westgate Elementary to create space for an additional carrier. Above: stacking the new pole.

HRSD (Hampton Roads Sanitation District) North Shore
One of twelve poles Milestone constructed for HRSD's SCADA network. Above: completed pole painted red and white due to airport proximity.
What's the Word on the Street?

We strive for excellence in developing and maintaining great relationships with our partners. Some of our landowner partner testimonials are posted online.

In addition to testimonials, the "Property Owners" tab on our website also features our location finder, explanations of different tower types and a photo gallery.


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