Multifamily Internet Service Providers Forum

The City of Seattle is hosting a Forum on February 13 for owners and managers of multi-family residential buildings with more than six units. The forum on Internet Access for Owners and Managers of Multifamily Housing will be held:

  • Bertha Knight Landes Room
    Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave
  • Tuesday, February 13
    8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The forum will present best practices for allowing multiple internet service providers to serve apartment and condominium buildings. It will also provide tips on negotiating effective agreements with internet service providers. Please RSVP. Get more information on the City’s Cable Service website. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Come learn how to make your building a more desirable place to live thanks to lower cost of internet, higher speed and better customer service.

Internet & Broadcasting Amendments

We are proposing updates to the Land Use Code to accommodate advances in two specific areas:

  • Internet service
  • Federal licensing for use of the airwaves by low power radio stations

 

Our proposal would change existing regulations to make it easier to place utility equipment boxes designed to improve internet, telephone, and video connections. Our proposal would also change regulations to make it easier for low power FM broadcasting facilities, licensed solely as non-profit entities and with a limited broadcasting reach, to put their antennas in suitable locations in all zones throughout the city.

Updating these rules will help create opportunities for greater access to high-speed internet and other services, and more opportunities for hobbyist and non-profits to operate low-power radio stations.

Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 23.57, Communications Regulations, was adopted as part of the Land Use Code under Ordinance 116295, effective in 1992. In the 23 years since Chapter 23.57 became part of the Code, technology has changed considerably.

Under our current regulations, telecommunication facilities of various types are allowed in all zones throughout Seattle. Telephone equipment, in particular, has long been a feature of the urban environment. Telephone equipment is more commonly located in the street or other public right-of-ways, rather than on private property, although this does happen. With the rise of widespread personal computer and cellular telephone use in the 1990s, the technology to deliver telephone service has changed considerably. While some of this equipment can be located in the right-of-way, increasing demand from customers has led to equipment installation on private property.

Current code standards for minor telecommunication facilities allow “FM translators” and “FM boosters with fewer than 10 watts transmitting power.” It is possible to interpret the existing regulations to classify low power FM radio facilities as minor telecommunications utilities. However, low power FM is essentially a new type of radio use.

For information see our Internet & Broadcasting Amendments webpage or contact:

Bill Mills
(206) 684-8738
william.mills@seattle.gov