FirstEnergy

Our specialty is providing zoning-friendly sites that minimize network build-out time while controlling costs.

We offer an extensive inventory of site locations to build and expand wireless networks throughout New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. Our site inventory consists of more than 65,000 square miles of territory with over 120,000 structures running along 20,000 miles of transmission line towers, radio towers, monopoles, distribution poles, property, rights-of-way, buildings and more.

FirstEnergy Corp Companies

FirstEnergy Corp
FirstEnergy Corp is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its electric utility operating companies comprise the nation’s fifth largest investor-owned electric system. Serving 4.5 million customers within 65,000 square miles of New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, providing a wide array of energy-related products and services.

Jersey Central Power & Light Company (JCP&L)
Jersey Central Power & Light Company is an electric distribution company headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, and provides electric service to one million residential and business customers within 3,200 square miles in northern and central New Jersey.

Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed)
Metropolitan Edison Company is an electric distribution company based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and provides electric service to 495,000 residential and business customers within 3,300 square miles of southern and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Ohio Edison Company (Ohio Edison)
The Ohio Edison Company is an electric distribution company headquartered in Akron, Ohio, and provides electric service to one million customers within 7,500 square miles of central and northeastern Ohio.

Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power)
Pennsylvania Power Company is an electric distribution company based in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and provides electric service to nearly 138,000 customers within 1,100 square miles of western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec)
Pennsylvania Electric Company is an electric distribution company based in Erie, Pennsylvania, and provides electric service to 580,000 residential and business customers within 17,600 square miles of northern and central Pennsylvania.

The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (The Illuminating Company)
The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company is an electric distribution company headquartered in Brecksville, Ohio, and provides electric service to more than 741,000 customers within 1,700 square miles of northeastern Ohio.

The Toledo Edison Company (Toledo Edison)
The Toledo Edison Company is an electric distribution company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio and provides electric service to more than 303,000 customers within 2,500 square miles of northwestern Ohio.

Monongahela Power (Mon Power )

Potomac Edison (Potomac Edison)

West Penn Power (West Penn)

This map shows FirstEnergy’s electric distribution companies (EDCs)

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Colocation and Attachment process

  1. Site identification application and site reservation
    • Carrier identifies potential site and prepares a Colocation Application (provided by Diamond Communications) identifying the tower location, proposed equipment to be installed, mounting height, etc.
    • Diamond Communications performs an internal review and determines preliminary acceptability and will then generate a site reservation notice in accordance with each carrier’s MLA.
  2. Verification of property rights
    • Diamond/Carrier verifies property rights
    • In the case that the property is not owned by a FirstEnergy company, Diamond works with the carriers to secure the rights (easement modification) using Diamond’s standard form of agreement
  3. Site visit
    • Carrier and a representative of Diamond Communications visits reserved site (visits typically include architecture/engineering firm, radio frequency firm, telephone company and construction manager)
  4. Proposed plan
    • Carrier provides Diamond Communications and FirstEnergy with lease exhibit drawings which should include lower profile and site layout plan
    • Diamond Communication reviews and obtains all internal approvals for proposed plan
  5. Execute Site License Agreement (SLA)
    • Carrier and Diamond Communications execute SLA
  6. Structural analysis
    • Diamond Communications orders a structural analysis
    • Diamond Communications and FirstEnergy review structural analysis
  7. Construction
    • Upon full execution of the SLA, Diamond Communications will assign a project manager who is responsible for scheduling construction activities
    • Carrier provides to Diamond Communications a certificate of insurance for approved contractors
    • Carrier provides to Diamond Communications all proper building and zoning permits
  8. Diamond Communications issues the carrier a Notice to Proceed (“NTP”) at which point construction is authorized to begin and is coordinated with project manager
    • Construction may begin and is completed as coordinated with project manager

Benefits of choosing Diamond Communications as your wireless cell site provider

Diamond Communications has the experience and inventory to help carriers find the sites necessary 10 improve and expand their wireless network in New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. We help the carrier work through the colocation process and the requirements in using FirstEnergy structures.

Access to a vast inventory

  • More than 65,000 square miles of territory with over 120,000 structures running along 20,000 miles of right of way, radio towers, monopoles, distribution poles, real estate, buildings and more equipment-ready sites

Reduced project costs

  • Construction costs- large number of colocation opportunities eliminate the need to create new towers, something many communities support
  • Costs associated with processes – Extensive property owner and easements on established rights-of-way reduce the costs involved with acquiring property rights

Save time

  • Free Site identification Service quickly identifies search ring candidates
  • Aggressive construction schedules result in speed to market
  • Coordination of outages on transmission lines, if needed
  • Single source for project coordination reduces your internal staff requirements, and minimizes contractors and subcontractors’ time
  • Experienced workforce provides quick and safe installation
  • Master Site License Agreement allows for quick contracting of each site

Project flexibility

  • Vendor-neutral consulting
  • Flexible site design accepted to meet your specifications
  • Flexible pricing
  • Identified services throughout New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia (see map)

Long-term trust

  • Site Reservations and Master Site License Agreements help to secure your location

How do we help with your tower siting issues?

By providing access to a vast utility infrastructure, wireless carriers have an opportunity to locate their antenna on a number to already existing towers. With hundreds of communication towers and over 120,000 structures running along 20,000 miles, colocation makes sense. Many of the utility structures are ideally located for wireless applications while minimizing visual impact – which means the need to build a new tower may be reduced or eliminated.

The community benefits from improved wireless communications without the need for siting another tower on prime land. The wireless carrier benefits because our solution is often more economical and faster to implement.

Utility properties, such as electric substations, also are excellent candidates for new sites and may permit erection of a monopole or towers if no existing structures are usable to support antennas.

How does Diamond Communications work with wireless carriers?

  1. Diamond Communications and wireless carriers enter into Master Site License Agreements enabling the wireless carrier to select sites within FirstEnergy Corps operating company’s service territories.
  2. Representatives from the wireless firm and Diamond Communications carefully evaluate each site.
  3. Structures are analyzed for additional loading and structural modifications are performed, as necessary once local approvals are obtained by the carrier – prior to installation of any equipment at the site.

Safety and reliability are of paramount importance for our carriers and the communities served.

How do we work with communities?

Diamond Communications enjoys working with state and local planners as well as wireless firms to promote awareness of using FirstEnergy companies’ existing towers and properties to serve as wireless communications structures. By working together, Diamond colocated wireless sites become “win-win” solutions for our customers and support the communities in which we live and work.