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HOUSTON-Crown Castle International Corp. is taking the steps necessary for reorganization as a real estate investment trust, for tax purposes. The company anticipates electing REIT status beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the launch of its taxable year.

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases towers and additional infrastructure for wireless communications. The company provides coverage to 98 of the top 100 US markets and close to 100% of Australia’s population. To that end, Crown Castle owns, operates and manages more than 30,000 wireless communication sites in the United States, and approximately 1,700 wireless communication sites in Australia.

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