As more and more of our daily lives become more intertwined with online entertainment and services, internet access has become a home utility along with electricity and running water. Boards can take for granted that every resident in their building or community association wants reliable, fast internet service. While many communities leave the selection of service providers to individual owners, others – especially those with shared community spaces in which people expect wireless access – have to decide as a board which available provider is right for their association.
The New Jersey Cooperator spoke with representatives of several major telecom providers to discuss what’s currently available for associations – as well as with a property management professional to talk about his client communities’ dealings with these increasingly essential service providers.
Bruce Young, a property manager with Taylor Management Company in Whippany, New Jersey
The New Jersey Cooperator: Do associations ever have problems dealing with limitations vis a vis telecom service providers in their areas?
BY: “Townhouse communities can deal with lawns being ripped up during installation, and then poor repair once that installation is complete. And with high-rises, there are usually only one or two options in regard to carriers.”