FCC Grants NCTA Partial Waiver on MTE Comments

A multi-dwelling building in the East Village of New York
The FCC gave cable operators a 30-day extension for comments on services to apartment buildings and other multi-tenant environments (MTEs). (Image credit: Alexander Spatari via Getty Images)

The Federal Communications Commission has granted cable operators' request for more time to comment on competition, consumer prices and choice in broadband service to multi-tenant environments (MTEs) — apartment buildings, condos and offices.

Under acting chair Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC back in September asked for a new round of comments on its proceeding.

NCTA had asked for a 30-day extension until Dec. 6.

The FCC‘s Wireline Competition Bureau said that while it was in the public interest to grant an extension so that the parties had some more time to address the complex issues, it was only making it 15 days — until Nov. 19 — because 30 days would “unduly delay Commission consideration of the important issues raised in this proceeding.”

The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, which issued the request for comment, said it wants commenters to focus particularly on three issues: 1) revenue sharing agreements and how they affect price, competition, and quality of service; 2) exclusive wiring deals, and whether those do or don't prevent new entrants or inhibit choice; and 3) whether marketing arrangements confuse people.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.