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FCC turns its attention to condos

Tue, 10/31/2000 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Possibly expanding its current set of rules for the orderly takeover of coaxial cable wires in apartment and condominium buildings, the FCC may bow to pressure from communications competitors and extend the rules to cover voice and data services too.

Right now, the FCC guidelines apply to the buildings' "home-run" wiring, and governs the cable operator's relationship to the wiring after the company no longer has the legal right to remain on the premises. The operator may remove the wiring or negotiate a sale with the building owner. If a price isn't agreed on, the cable op can remove the wiring or agree to binding price arbitration.

The FCC came up with these rules when cable competitors complained that building owners were reluctant to entertain offers from new providers if they needed to drill or do other alterations that damaged property.

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