Sunday July 03, 2016

Dear Landlord: Don’t Rip Me Off When It Comes To Internet Access

Apartment dwellers stuck with awful internet access can probably blame their landlord, who is likely preventing better providers from giving service due to all of the enticing monetary incentives gifted by large ISPs.

Network operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, in cahoots with developers and landlords, routinely use a breathtaking array of kickbacks, lawyerly games of Twister, blunt threats, and downright illegal activities to lock up buildings in exclusive arrangements. For people in apartments, the "free market" is anything but. This astounding, enormous, decentralized payola scheme affects millions of American lives. And these shenanigans will only stop when cities and national leaders require that every building have neutral fiber/wireless facilities that make it easy for residents to switch services when they want to.