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FCC Seeks More Input on MDUs

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
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FCC acting chair Jessica Rosenworcel is seeking input on one of her longtime issues--access to communications in multiple dwelling units.

The FCC has asked for a new round of comment on its proceeding looking into competition for broadband in apartments, condos and offices.

The goal, said the FCC, is to "better understand how the Commission can promote increased competition, consumer choice, and lower prices for Americans living and working in these buildings."

In announcing the new look, Rosenworcel said it was time to examine how exclusive agreements can "lock out broadband competition and consumer choice."

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.