Black Dot's Empty Promises
As the Nextel decommissioning drama unfolds, a familiar antagonist has taken a starring role. Black Dot is representing Sprint in its efforts to quickly and inexpensively lower the curtain on Nextel's obsolete iDEN show. The story goes something like this: Nextel landlord gets a letter from Sprint identifying Black Dot as it's agent to implement the site decommissioning. Shortly thereafter, a Black Dot representative calls the landlord offering to partially decommission the site leaving a "plug-and-play" (their words) location for a future cell site tenant. In addition, promises are made that allowing Sprint to take only their radios and batteries will allow the landlord to "replace the income lost from Nextel" (again, their words). The plot thickens if the landlord shows any reluctance or hesitation. Pressure is applied and threats are made by Black Dot to sign an early lease termination agreement and general release. Do this now, the landlords are told, or Sprint will fully decommission your site immediately. Cue the suspenseful music.
As an exclusive representative to cell site landlords, I am cautioning all those with Nextel leases on the list for termination to resist the pressure and get the facts. Beware of any promise made regarding replacing Nextel as a tenant and especially about the ability to use obsolete Nextel gear. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.