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Multifamily Broadband Council to Transition Its Membership to WISPA January 1, 2021

Published December 29th, 2020 by Valerie

Washington, DC, December 29, 2020 – The Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC) and WISPA have long worked together, most recently partnering on WISPA’s last WISPAPALOOZA trade show, in which MBC hosted its annual conference as the MDU track of the yearly event. The synergy between MBC and WISPA is strong and vibrant. So much so that after 25 years functioning as the advocacy voice of independent broadband providers working within the MDU space, MBC’s Board of Directors decided it is in their members’ best interest to dissolve at the end of 2020 and invest their resources with WISPA. To this end, the two organizations signed a Membership Option agreement in December 2020 by which all active MBC members will transition into WISPA effective January 1, 2021 ....

New Wireless Amenities - MBC Technology Column, Broadband Communities

Published September 3rd, 2018 by Valerie

In case you haven't seen the latest issues of Broadband Communities magazine, here is our August/September 2018 MBC Technology Column by Bob Grosz of Boingo Wireless, New Wireless Amenities. In it he covers the technology and business model changes in multifamily wireless service.

PRESS RELEASE: MBC Joins Forces with WISPA for Multifamily Track at WISPAPALOOZA 2018

Published April 24th, 2018 by Valerie

Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/24/2018 --Multifamily Broadband Council ("MBC"), the only trade association dedicated to representing and serving broadband vendors, independent service providers and property owners/managers with the deployment of competitive broadband video and IP services at multifamily communities, is pleased to announce that they will be partnering with the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association ("WISPA") to host a dedicated Multifamily track on October 10, 2018 at the upcoming WISPAPALOOZA 2018 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

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Initial Comments Received Regarding MBC Article 52 Preemption Petition

Published June 14th, 2017 by Valerie

Multifamily Broadband Council has been hard at work in support of our petition asking the FCC to preempt Article 52 of the San Francisco Police Code. Thank you to all of of our members who were able to submit comments of support.  

Here’s where things shake out so far. In our initial round of comments that were due in May, 26 parties filed in the opening round. Opponent commenters had six comments against our petition. The remaining twenty commenters were in support of our FCC preemption request, and generally consisted of service providers and real estate or property management companies, along with a few trade associations.
 
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PRESS RELEASE: MBC Asks FCC to Overturn San Francisco Ordinance

Published February 27th, 2017 by Valerie

The Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC), which represents small, independent communications companies that provide broadband-related services to multifamily communities and their vendors, has filed two petitions with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) challenging Article 52 of the San Francisco Police Code.

Is Cell Phone Coverage A Disconnect for Residents?

Published December 1st, 2016 by Valerie

Several remedies for poor cellphone signals exist – but there’s no silver bullet.

By Valerie M. Sargent / Multifamily Broadband Council

"When I moved into my current home, I was frustrated to find that my cellphone, which had worked at my previous location, did not work well in my new neighborhood. I eventually had to switch cellphone carriers – after talking to neighbors and ensuring my chosen carrier had a strong signal – so that I had a workable phone at home ... "

ALERT: MBC Responds to Proposed San Francisco Ordinance Affecting MDU Wiring

Published November 28th, 2016 by Valerie

As we let you know previously, there is a proposed ordinance for the city and county of San Francisco that would give control of the MDU wiring to the residents as opposed to the owners, potentially impacting service providers and owners alike, which is a major concern for our industry as far as precedents are concerned. 

Multifamily Broadband Council's Government Relations Committee has been formulating MBC's formal response to this issue that is being fast-tracked this week in San Francisco. MBC is against this ordinance for the following reasons:

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