Legislation would give SF residents more choice in internet service providers

Supervisor Mark Farrell on Tuesday introduced legislation requiring property owners to allow tenants in multi-unit buildings to choose their own internet service provider.

While federal law prohibits property owners and property managers from entering into exclusive agreements with service providers, ISP’s estimate that roughly 500 multi-unit buildings in The City have limits in place that effectively prevent residents from using alternate providers, according to Farrell.

The proposed legislation would allow qualified ISP’s certified by the California Public Utilities Commission to gain access to the inside of a building with four or more units and provide internet service when requested by residents.

The ISP’s will be required to provide advance written notice to property owners.

“Internet access must be viewed as a fundamental right in today’s world,” Farrell said in a statement. “There is no reason tenants should be limited in their choice of Internet service providers.”

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