FCC Adopts Rules to Increase Communications Service Competition and Tenant Choice in MTEs

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The FCC has adopted rules prohibiting communications service providers from entering into certain revenue-sharing agreements with multiple tenant environment (MTEs) owners.  The Commission will also require providers to disclose to customers any existing exclusive marketing arrangements with MTE owners.  Lastly, the FCC prohibits “sale-and-leaseback” arrangements which have effectively denied consumers access to alternative providers in MTEs.  The FCC argues that the critical importance of communications services in today’s world with increased telework and remote learning calls for an increase in tenant choice and competition for those who live and work in MTEs.

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