FCC: Telcos can control apartment fiber

Big phone companies won't have to share the fiber networks they run to apartment buildings with rivals

Big day at the FCC. The feds also said today that telcos wiring apartment buildings with fiber optic connections won't have to share those with rival ISPs.

This is a bit of a loophole fill. The FCC already said last year that telcos could keep their fiber off limits to rivals, but hadn't been specific about apartment buildings. SBC in particular had used this oversight as part of its reasoning for holding off on fiber investments – until it finally gave way this summer and said it was going ahead with fiber projects after all. But today's decision remained a top priority for the big telephone companies.

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