The Federal Communications Commission had a busy day yesterday. In addition to outlining new methods for determining broadband penetration, the agency also made the expected move to ban exclusive telephone and data contracts between service providers and owners of multi-dwelling unit buildings. Some service providers supported the ban, which is now consistent with the ban on exclusive video contracts for MDUs. Will some service providers continue to fight for the validity of existing phone and data MDU contracts, much the same as the cable TV industry is fight to keep existing video contracts in place? The real estate industry doesn't like these bans at all: The National Multi Housing Council and other industry groups said the FCC didn't have strong enough data on the prevalence of MDU contracts to take this sort of action.
- read this story at The New York Times
- The FCC's ban on cable TV MDU exclusivity has held up in court so far