FCC Blocks Part of San Francisco's First-in-Nation Broadband Law

Governing: The Federal Communications Commission voted to preempt part of a San Francisco city law that prevents property owners from denying internet service providers access to existing wiring within multiunit buildings.

The provision of the San Francisco law, known as Article 52, says property owners can't deny internet service providers access to wiring that's already in multiunit residential and commercial buildings. When the law was passed in December 2016, it was thought to be the first city ordinance of its kind in the nation, according to then-supervisor Mark Farrell.

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