Landlords Find Ways Around Exclusive Broadband Deal Ban
Like charging more for trash & water if you choose a different ISP
In October of 2007 the FCC banned cable operators from striking exclusive broadband contracts with apartment landlords, a decision that survived a legal appeal
by the cable industry. In early 2008, the FCC then issued the same ruling so it covered the phone companies
. As we noted at the time, the ruling was well intended, but had ample loopholes, and didn't force landlords to provide tenants with access to any ISP they choose. As the Consumerist
notes, landlords have found plenty of ways around the rules, like one Houston landlord who charges residents an extra $40 per month for trash and water if they don't go with the complex's chosen provider
the FCC says what the complex is doing is legal for now. That's because the complex is not banning other cable companies from providing service to its tenants. But if renters choose to go with another provider, they'll have to pay the $40 to the complex and another cable bill. It's called bulk billing. (The head of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center) calls it a loophole.)
Of course the FCC has their hands rather full with plans for new network neutrality rules and the national broadband plan, so it's likely this loophole isn't going anywhere for now.
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Re: just leave the water running
Tell the landlord as a courtesy you usually take short showers but if he insists on charging you this extra fee you will be forced to spend all of your free time in the shower.