Consumer Choice in Multifamily Dwelling Units

Background

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has banned exclusive provider contracts in multifamily dwelling units (MDUs), such as apartment complexes, condominiums, and housing cooperatives. In practice residential tenants have limited utility and wireline telecommunications choices. Typically, the homeowners’ association or the landlord contracts with one provider to serve the entire MDU, but it cannot prohibit tenants from using alternative telecommunications providers. Some landlords have found loopholes, such as refusing to allow access to alternative providers.

Consumer Choice in Multifamily Dwelling Units: Policy

Choosing providers

In this policy: FederalState

Federal and state policymakers should ensure that all occupants of multifamily dwelling units have access to the energy and telecommunications provider of their choice.