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Exhibit 5.1



                                         December 8, 2017

American Tower Corporation

116 Huntington Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as special counsel to American Tower Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with its offering pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-211829), as amended as of its most recent effective date (December 5, 2017), insofar as it relates to the Securities (as determined for purposes of Rule 430B(f)(2) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”)) (as so amended, including the documents incorporated by reference therein but excluding Exhibit 25, the “Registration Statement”) and the prospectus, dated June 3, 2016, as supplemented by the prospectus supplement thereto, dated December 5, 2017 (together, the “Prospectus”), of $700,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 3.000% Senior Notes due 2023 and $700,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 3.600% Senior Notes due 2028 (collectively, the “Securities”). The Securities were issued under an indenture dated as of May 23, 2013 (the “Base Indenture”) between the Company and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented with respect to the Securities by Supplemental Indenture No. 9 thereto dated as of December 8, 2017 (the “Supplemental Indenture,” and together with the Base Indenture, the “Indenture”).

In arriving at the opinion expressed below, we have reviewed the following documents:


  (a) the Registration Statement;


  (b) the Prospectus;



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