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Federal Communication Policies

CAI Submits Comments to FCC on Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenants Environments:  CAI appeals to the FCC to consider the community association perspective regarding exclusive marketing arrangements, exclusive wiring arrangements, bulk billing arrangements, revenue sharing agreements, and exclusive rooftop access contracts.   

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications infrastructure development

Broadband internet is closely aligned with economic growth and development, education, and healthcare. The Internet has changed how we work and live from "smart" thermostats in our homes controlled by our phones to "smart" systems managing major infrastructure in condominium buildings.

CAI members support the deployment of broadband wireline and wireless communications infrastructure. CAI advocates that broadband infrastructure development involving association-owned or controlled assets be undertaken in coordination with association leadership and that no federal legislative or regulatory action be taken to impair the rights of associations by unreasonably limiting local government permitting processes or private property rights.

Please contact us at if your local government is:
  • Demanding expensive reviews prior to broadband deployment
  • State or local ordinances are slowing or halting broadband improvements
  • Communications service providers are declining to build or improve broadband infrastructure
  • Your community association was not consulted prior to broadband internet installation on rights of way

CAI continues to monitor this issue and file comment letters with the FCC based on the imput recieved from members. You can view this letters in the Related Documents section on the right of this page.

Amateur radio and association architectural standards

CAI opposes federal legislation or regulation that restricts a community association from requiring prior approval of amateur radio broadcasting infrastructure to ensure external radio towers and antennas are reasonably sized and placed, do not constitute a legitimate safety hazard, and reasonably reflect the aesthetic character of the community.

Currently, it is common practice for community associations to provide HAM radio operator clubs a temporary space to set-up during a local disaster. 

In the U.S., there are approximately 700,000 amateur radio operators and approximately 68 million residents living in community associations. According to a CAI survey:

  • 95% of residents believe their architectural covenants protect property values.
  • 78% of residents believe amateur radio operators should not be exempt from community association architectural covenants. Only 9% indicated a request was denied because of these covenants.
  • 5% of residents relied on amateur radio communication during a distaster.