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Short Take: FCC to rule on access to multi-tenant buildings

The Federal Communications Commission will decide next Thursday, Oct. 12, whether landlords can be required to open their buildings to telecommunications competitors. Wireless companies such as Winstar and broadband providers such as RCN want access to multi-tenant buildings at reasonable rates. Landlords, however, maintain the government doesn't have a right to mandate access, and many are seeking to protect exclusive contracts with carriers such as Bell companies. The FCC postponed a vote on this issue at its September meeting, in part over a dispute regarding the Commission's jurisdiction.

    The Federal Communications Commission will decide next Thursday, Oct. 12, whether landlords can be required to open their buildings to telecommunications competitors. Wireless companies such as Winstar and broadband providers such as RCN want access to multi-tenant buildings at reasonable rates. Landlords, however, maintain the government doesn't have a right to mandate access, and many are seeking to protect exclusive contracts with carriers such as Bell companies. The FCC postponed a vote on this issue at its September meeting, in part over a dispute regarding the Commission's jurisdiction.