By Jan Bergemann

Published February 21, 2020


No matter how much the association is charging you monthly for the bulk cable contract, you’re most likely paying too much.


Today’s technology has clearly outlived bulk cable contract. Today’s technology with Wi-Fi and streaming videos and TV-Channels creates much better – and less cheaper offers than any of bulk cable contracts association boards are still signing with cable contracts.


These cable contracts leave owners with no choices. Owners are often forced to pay for something they don’t even want – or no longer use.


Many condos and HOAs are still dealing with old contracts that are often outrageous expensive and/or offering little choices for the individual taste.


Get high-speed Internet, a smart TV and an Amazon Fire TV stick and you can’t watch all the channels and movies you can watch for much less money than you pay for a cable contract – even if the association had gotten a much better monthly charge than an individual owner could ever get. My personal example: My wife paid in her home (HOA in Pompano Beach) nearly $100 more than we pay here in our home in Deland (no cable contract). We have here very high-speed Internet, telephone with free calls to USA, Mexico and Canada and more TV and movie channels than we can ever watch, including my favorites: German TV and European soccer from all Leagues, something we could only dream of in our HOA home in Pompano.


Why are association boards are still fighting with owners about bulk cable contracts?  Cable contracts are about as outdated as 45rpm records.


I just wish that association boards would stop signing these idiotic contracts, or just refuse to renew them once the existing contract reaches the end of the term. Today’s technology offers much better – and much less expensive -- options.

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website:

Educational Website:

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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