This week, NMHC filed official comments with the FCC to support a challenge to a recently-enacted San Francisco ordinance that could affect an apartment firm’s ability to manage broadband, video and communications services at their apartment communities. NMHC, along with multifamily firms and other industry partners, argued that the market for communications services in the rental apartment industry is competitive in San Francisco and across the nation, and that ordinances like the one in San Francisco are unnecessary and ultimately harmful to consumers. To read NMHC’s full comments, click here.
It’s critical to note that although the challenged ordinance applies to San Francisco, it raises national concerns because similar proposals are under consideration across the country, and it involves federal regulations governing agreements between apartment companies and communications providers. More information about the ordinance and its impact on the rental apartment industry is available here.
For those apartment firms that wish to take action, there is still time. While the initial comment deadline has passed, interested parties can review the comments submitted by others, and respond in support or disagreement by filing “Reply Comments” to the FCC by June 9, 2017.
Click here for a recording of a NMHC member webinar featuring NMHC staff experts and NMHC’s outside counsel explain more about the process, NMHC’s position, and ways for member firms to take action. Additionally, you can click here to access instructions for NMHC members who wish to file and a guide that can be used as the basis for individualized comments.