The BPDA is looking to begin asking developers of large residential projects whether their buildings will give residents a choice of at least two ways to get broadband - including wirelessly.
Answering the proposed "broadband readiness" questionnaire would be required for developers of projects of 50,000 or more square feet.
According to the BPDA, the reasons to ask developers what steps they're taking to broadband-enable their units are:
Enable an environment of competition and choice that results in all residents and businesses having a choice of 2 or more wireline or fixed wireless high-speed Internet providers;
Create a built environment that is responsive to new and emerging connectivity technologies;
Minimize disruption to the public right of way during and after construction of the building.
Because broadband providers have started looking at using wireless instead of cables or wires to provide broadband service, developers would be asked whether their units would be ready for wireless access, including whether they plan to do any radio testing within units and whether they would set aside space for the sort of wireless booster equipment that now increasingly clog up Boston sidewalks.