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Cell towers owned by REITs provide the infrastructure necessary for local emergency systems to function in communities across America.


The number of employees regularly telecommuting, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 115% since 2005. In 2017, 3.7 million (2.8% of the entire U.S. workforce) worked from home at least half the time. And after a year in the pandemic, at the beginning of 2021, more than 40% of the American workforce continued to work remotely. (Source: Upwork)


REIT-owned warehouses and fulfillment centers are a critical component to meeting the growing demand for ecommerce and rapid-delivery services.

REITs in the Community

Amazon.com Distribution Facility

Prologis’ build-to-suit development of an e-fulfillment center in Tracy, CA, is near several major west coast metro areas, including the San Francisco Bay Area. The facility’s strategic location will serve as a hub for faster delivery of online purchases as Amazon’s customers’ needs for real-time deliveries increase. The center, a massive 1.1 million-square-foot operation built adjacent to the SF Bay Area (triangulated between three major interstates) is part of Amazon.com’s expanding network of distribution facilities designed to meet customer demands more efficiently across the country. As its largest tenant, Prologis facilities are a key part in executing that plan.

Needham, MA Tower

This guyed broadcast tower operated by American Tower Corporation in Needham, MA provides local television and FM radio stations with the ability to reach the entire Boston DMA. Consumers look to those outlets for the most reliable local and emergency news and information.

U.S. Smartphone OwnershipCompared to desktop and laptop

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Wireless carriers install equipment on cell towers. When this is done, a tower can provide wireless voice and data services to a large geographic area.

Small Cells

Wireless carriers install small nodes on signs, streetlights, utility poles, and other existing infrastructure. This adds much-needed capacity to dense urban areas, residential neighborhoods, stadiums, universities, and places where large crowds assemble.


Where towers aren’t feasible, wireless carriers install antennas on buildings—effectively turning them into towers
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The growing reliance on wireless infrastructure, mobile communications, streaming content and ecommerce are putting tremendous demands on the country’s infrastructure. REITs are at the center of providing the real estate necessary to connect the world. And because REITs provide everyday Americans with the opportunity to invest in valuable real estate, the cell tower that connected your last call might also be an investment in your portfolio.