Consumer TV buoyed by FCC action

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has prohibited all television service providers from entering into or enforcing exclusive access provisions that block competitors from serving apartments, condominiums or other private real estate developments.

“Millions of consumers live in apartments, condos or other private developments, and, until now, many of them have been denied the benefits of video competition as a result of exclusive access agreements used by cable providers to shield themselves from competition,” said Susanne Guyer, Verizon senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs. “The FCC decision will provide access to new competitive options for residents of these properties and encourages further deployment of broadband networks.”

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