News - September 26, 2022

INCOMPAS: You Have the Right, to Fight, For Condo Competition

Association Advocates Broadband Competition Rule to Help Apartment, Condo and Low Income Housing Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2022) – INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, welcomed new rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that go into effect today that are intended to bring more broadband choice and competition to Americans living in apartment buildings, condominiums and low-income housing and working in malls, office buildings, and other multiple tenant environments.  Starting today, large internet service providers and building owners will no longer be able to engage in exclusive or graduated revenue sharing agreements that amount to an end-run around the FCC’s prohibition on exclusive access agreements and must disclose any exclusive marketing arrangements they have with landlords.

In response, Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS, released the following statement:

“Thanks to the bipartisan push to unlock broadband competition in condo, apartment and other multi-tenant environments, these consumers—who make up an astounding 30 percent of Americans—now have the right to fight for broadband competition.” 

“Today should signal the end of a monopoly roadblock as large ISPs and big landlords will no longer be able to enter into sweetheart deals and agreements that hold back competition and the deployment of new networks. The FCC rules on MTEs should help unlock tenants from monopoly living and allow them to upgrade their homes and businesses with faster speed internet that costs less and comes with better customer service.” 

FCC — Consumer FAQ: Rules for Service Providers in Multiple Tenant Environments