[opendtv] Re: ISPs denied entry into apartment buildings could get help from FCC
- From: Craig Birkmaier <brewmastercraig@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:33:49 -0400
On Jun 4, 2017, at 10:16 PM, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
This was always the case for MVPD service too. And it tends to be true in
neighborhoods, even with single family homes.
You mean neighborhoods like yours where there are multiple choices for him
More often than not, there ARE multiple service providers for broadband in
apartment complexes - these are the low hanging fruit, with lower costs to wire
yup a complex.
Here in Gainesville, GRU net is focused exclusively on service apartment
complexes and large businesses.
You don't get any choice to speak of. So, it's not very likely that the
situation can change.
Put on your thinking cap Bert...
What could change this picture COMPLETELY?
The answer is found in one word: WIRELESS
Years ago I was walking down a street in Manhattan with a bright young tech
guru from Silicon Valley. We were talking about broadband and infrastructure.
He made an important point - the wired infrastructure inside all of these
building would be very expensive to replace. That was 20 years ago...
As long as we rely on wires, large complexes will tend to pick a single service
provider rather than allowing multiple companies to "overbuild" in the
With wireless broadband there is NOTHING to keep multiple services from
competing for broadband, UNLESS the complex INCLUDES broadband in the rental
agreement, as is very common here in Gainesville. For condos where you own your
unit, there is little to prevent competition.
A case in point is what happened with MVPD services delivered by DBS. If you
live on the wrong side of the building you may be out of luck. Some complexes
tried to prevent owners from putting up satellite dishes, but the FCC stepped
in and ruled that apartment owners could opt out and put up a dish.
If the apartments are rentals, the owner will not likely foot the bill to
install multiple MVPD/ISP networks.
Correct. But they may include both MVPD and Broadband in the rental agreement.
This is VERY COMMON here in Gainesville.
If the apartments are condos, the owners wouldn't want to either.
Most condos here in Gainesville have access to Cox Broadband and AT&T DSL.
I have even seen some renters in multi-unit condos here in Gainesville install
And if the ISPs decide to install the infrastructure on their own penny, they
will want to see a fair ROI. The only thing the FCC can do is to make sure
there are no rules or bylaws that PREVENT multiple providers from playing.
That may be part of a solution. If a rental complex includes a MVPD or
broadband service in the rent it may be more difficult to opt out...
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