FCC Seeks to Boost Broadband Competition in Multi-Tenant Buildings

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The FCC is trying to increase competition among ISPs to provide broadband internet service in multiple tenant buildings, meaning apartments, condos and shopping malls. Exclusive deals between ISPs and broadband providers can limit consumer choice, according to the Commission. A draft Notice of Inquiry seeking public input on how to boost such competition is among the telecom items the agency is poised to vote on at its next meeting later this month.

Of special interest to Inside Towers readers, the FCC NOI raises the possibility of preempting state or municipal regulations that prevent “market entry or impose overly burdensome infrastructure access requirements onto private companies.” The agency also seeks comment on whether the FCC should encourage municipalities and states to adopt model codes promoting competition in multi-unit buildings and what those codes should ban or mandate.

June 7, 2017

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