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Multifamily Broadband Council Petitions FCC on Restrictive Telecom Ordinance in SF

FCC Telecommunications

In December 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation by a 10-0 vote that requires owners to grant building access to communications service providers when a resident requests such services (codified as Article 52 of the San Francisco Police Code). If a resident requested broadband services from a particular provider, an owner would have very little recourse to prevent the provider from installing equipment in the building and servicing the resident. The ordinance would have serious implications on contractual agreements between owners and providers and interfere with operators’ ability to deliver high quality broadband services to residents. NAA remains concerned that this ordinance could be replicated by other jurisdictions around the country.

The Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC) has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to overturn the SF ordinance. In support of MBC’s petition and out of concern for potential impacts on the apartment industry, NAA is preparing comments to the FCC. Any NAA members who wish to submit their own comments to the FCC are encouraged to do so. For more information, see the NAA resources page (member log-in required) for telecommunications issues. The filing deadline is June 9.