It’s been a long time since cable modems were the gold standard in Internet connectivity—or at least it seems like it’s been a long time. Telecommunications as a field has been developing at a dizzying pace, and multifamily buildings—both new developments and existing properties—face the challenge of providing residents with fast, reliable, Wi-Fi and other telecom-related services.
Like a good restaurant, the telecommunications menu is filled with a variety of choices. What management chooses for the building, or what residents choose for their own units, depends on a variety of factors, including the location of the building, pricing of the packaging, special features, etc.
For example, the menu consists first of several big players including Time Warner Cable, RCN, Verizon, Cablevision, and companies such as Natural Wireless and DirecTV, but they all cover a variety of areas.
For example, RCN’s network extends to the Upper West, Upper East, Lower West and Lower East sides of Manhattan, most of Queens and is select Brooklyn neighborhoods. According to Verizon FiOS, they have services available throughout New York City. Cablevision covers all of the Bronx, two-thirds of Brooklyn, northern New Jersey, Westchester and Fairfield counties and Long Island. They do not have service in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the remaining one-third of Brooklyn.
Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and RCN offer their own TV and Internet services over their cable infrastructure, but it’s based on isolated areas of their specific agreements. According to Bobby Amirshahi, vice president of communications for Time Warner Cable's New York City operations, "We have a dedicated team serving co-op and condo buildings throughout New York and New Jersey. We provide customized packages of TV, Internet, and phone for buildings with 100 to 150 residential units, and can offer bulk pricing for as few as 25 to 40 units."