The Federal Communications Commission banned exclusive service contracts between broadband service providers and owners of multi-dwelling unit buildings such as apartment complexes and condo buildings, but there are still many loopholes open and many points requiring clarification. That was the consensus belief of lawyers and corporate legal counselors who took part in a panel on the topic at last week's Broadband Properties Summit in Dallas.
For example, many people observing the March ruling by the FCC may not have realized that service providers still need to negotiate with building owners for rights to access a particular building. Also, carriers still can nab exclusive marketing agreements with building owners that allow them to be presented as the preferred service provider for the building, or at least the only one whose marketing literature is presented to unit renters and buyers. And there's much more.
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