San Francisco’s open access rules for broadband in multi-tenant buildings is alive and well, according to a local independent Internet service provider. That’s despite the Federal Communications Commission’s determination to preempt the ordinance passed by San Francisco supervisors in 2016. It requires landlords to allow any ISP access to buildings, regardless of whether or not an exclusivity contract is in place.
In an opinion piece published in the San Francisco Examiner, Preston Rhea, the director of engineering for the policy program at broadband provider Monkeybrains, says that tenants and ISPs are still using the ordinance as leverage to pry open building doors…
Monkeybrains’ experience in the months since the FCC’s rulemaking indicates that [the San Francisco broadband access ordinance] is intact and operating as intended.