Welcome to River Oaks

Formed in 1987, River Oaks Communications Corporation and River Oaks Telecommunications Group, Inc. (both hereinafter "River Oaks") have had a wide variety of private sector and local government clients throughout the United States and have a proven track record of providing Strategic Consulting and Team Management Services which produce effective results.  Our clientele has included corporations with a national and international footprint and large metropolitan, midsize and rural communities.   We have worked on telecommunications, wireless, cable television or broadband projects in 38 states and Puerto Rico.

Let's talk about Broadband - River Oaks is teaming with another expert to do Needs Assessment Studies and evaluate alternatives for Local Governments to participate in Public/Private Partnerships or consider building their own Broadband Networks.

Broadband (video, voice, and data) has captivated cell phone and mobile device users. To make them work, more antennas are needed.

They have to go somewhere in residential neighborhoods.

Let's talk about DAS

The Future - So what is DAS?

Distributed Antenna Systems are a series of small cells or antennas placed on light poles. They add capacity to the Networks that's needed to accommodate huge data usage (pictures, live tv, etc.)

It's your Right-Of-Way

Manage it, get the revenues and protect your property.

Let's talk about Wireless

Do you really have what you need in place?

Most Wireless Codes are out of date. Starting in 2012 Congress made it easier for cell phone companies to modify existing towers and base stations. If what they were asking for constituted an Eligible Facilities Request (Collocation, removal, or replacement), municipalities had to act.

Then what happened - in Oct, 2014 the FCC issued an Order that got way down in the weeds. Basically, if a city does not take action in 60 days, the provider's request is deemed granted upon notification to the city. The rules became effective in 2015 and were upheld by a US Court of Appeals.

So What Do You Do Now?

Well, do nothing and be non-compliant with Federal Law. That's really not a choice.

Update your Wireless Code to take advantage of the nuances in the new Rules.

Wireless Leases

Starting Point -

It's your land or building- So why is the provider driving the train and you are in the caboose?

The Lease is going to contain terms including rent, length, property description, insurance, indemnification and a lot of legal mumbo jumbo. You need to ask yourself- do I really want to give an option to a cell phone company to tie up my property for 1 year while they decide if it is suitable for their needs? Will this negatively impact my property value?

The answer is it could.

Even more importantly, what's not in the Lease that favors the provider? How will you know what they deliberately left out? The answer is unless you are an expert in this area, you won't. So what to do - find someone who is and who can protect your interest. That's where we come in.

Think of it this way - an extra $100/mo in rent for 25 years adds up to $30,000.

Let's talk about Cable TV Franchising

What's left - contrary to popular belief, its demise has been greatly exaggerated. In over 20 states, cable companies still need local franchises. These are lengthy, complicated agreements. Millions of dollars are still at stake.

Can you copy + paste? - No 2 communities are identical. The agreement needs to be tailored for you. Maybe your City Council wants a government access channel to televise their meetings. Alternatively, web streaming may suffice.

Let's talk about some more of River Oaks' experiences. Our work on behalf of local governments has included projects where the franchise operators on the other side of the table were Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, Frontier Communications and others.  Given our significant experience working with local governments in the cable and telecommunications arena, we are uniquely qualified to understand the evolving cable and telecommunications environment and know how to represent the rights of municipalities.