Mandatory access laws (MALs)have been enacted in many jurisdictions across the United States. The goal of these laws is to make certain communications services more available to occupants of multi-tenant environments (MTEs) by requiring property owners and managers to allow certain service providers to install the wiring and equipment needed to provide their services. There is currently limited research regarding the effectiveness of these mandatory access laws in expanding broadband deployment to MTEs, however. The main reason for this is a lack of data. There is very little publicly available data regarding broadband availability and/or usage for commercial properties such as retail and office properties; for apartments, the American Community Survey provides data on whether a household has a broadband internet subscription. A recent study conducted by Steven Kauffman and Octavian Carare of the FCC attempted to examine the impact of these laws on broadband availability and usage in residential MTEs (apartments). The below resource seeks to analyze the findings of the FCC’s report.
Full DocumentNMHC Analysis of FCC Mandatory Access Report | PDF
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