On September 7, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a new proceeding aimed at refreshing the record on broadband competition and access in the multifamily and commercial real estate sectors. In particular, the Commission is seeking comment on how revenue share agreements, wiring agreements and marketing agreements impact broadband competition, deployment and access in our space.
The new proceeding follows up on a 2019 review where NMHC led a coalition of real estate stakeholders in providing industry data to show that renters, by and large, are well served by the multifamily broadband market, which is centered on partnership and collaboration between housing and broadband providers. NMHC will once again lead coalition efforts to encourage the FCC to uphold the existing partnership model and continue to look for ways to bridge the digital divide—both urban and rural—where providers cannot or choose not to serve areas and some rental properties because of the infrastructure investment needed.
As the industry prepares to respond to a new proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission aimed at assessing the state of broadband in the multifamily and commercial sectors, NMHC has launched a critical survey. Please click here to participate. Deadline for responses is October 13, 2021.
The data gathered will be incredibly important in responding directly to the FCC’s questions on competition, choice and quality of broadband service renters and commercial tenants receive. As reported previously, the Commission is seeking comment on how revenue share agreements, wiring agreements and marketing agreements impact broadband competition, deployment and access in our space.
NMHC will also seek detailed information and support from property owners, broadband providers and consultants to provide the FCC with detailed on-the-ground accounts of what NMHC members face in building out networks and providing high-level connectivity to our residents. If interested in lending support to the industry’s efforts, please contact Kevin Donnelly, NMHC’s VP of Government Affairs, Technology & Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on NMHC’s work on broadband and connectivity issues, click here.
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