It wasn't so long ago that a web was something a spider made and a satellite was something that floated in the air and few of us understood.
Today, people are not only used to technology tools like Internet access and satellite television service, but there's a constant demand for the fastest service or the newest channel. We no longer have the patience for dial-up Internet service (that pinging noise we heard when we logged onto the Net via dial-up modem seems quaint today) and 30 channels, never mind half a dozen, won't quench our thirst for entertainment when hundreds are available.
Condominium and co-op boards have challenges to face that most single-family homeowners do not: What services will best serve our community? What discounts are available? Are exclusive contracts with cable or satellite television companies a good idea? And how do you balance the desire for technology of some residents with dish antennas or wires that other residents find unsightly?
Untangling the Web
Condo and co-op communities are an inviting market for Internet providers and other companies that provide technology through broadband.
"It's a really good market for us," says Mark Lyons, vice president of value added reseller sales for Vonage, a company that provides phone service through broadband. "Given the demographics, we target the apartment and condominium markets because they include lots of families, and because lots of those families might work out of their apartment."