Broadband Communities

JUL 2017

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JULY 2017 | www.broadbandcommunities.com | BROADBAND COMMUNITIES | 11 • Under what circumstances, if any, should the government have a role in dictating the terms of contracts between service providers and building owners? MBC is particularly concerned with the third and fourth points, which concern the technical or operational challenges involved in the use of a single facility by multiple providers. If contention among providers led to mass disconnects and poor quality of service, and no service agreements were in place, it would be difficult to enforce service levels. In other words, if the San Francisco ordinance conditions went nationwide, an owner would essentially have no control over what happens to the wiring in his or her building. HOW TO PARTICIPATE e FCC is trying to determine whether any state and local regulations inhibit competition in multitenant environments. Commissioners want to consider whether the FCC should revisit its 2010 decision to not take action regarding bulk billing and exclusive marketing arrangements. ey also want to consider how revenue-sharing and exclusive wiring arrangements affect competition. FCC Chairman Pai is looking for the big picture – potential barriers to entry for competitors, including incentives, contracts and bulk billing arrangements. He wants to know whether banning such arrangements would help or hurt competition. Owners and providers should ask themselves how banning these arrangements would impact their bottom lines and ROI. How would it impact pricing? What about service? e goal of competition is to lower prices and provide more innovation. Owners typically want a say about what is happening on their properties. e NOI is opening a line of questions on how best to promote broadband deployment and competition in MTEs. e deadline for opening comments is July 24, and reply comments are due by August 22. To submit a comment, go to www.fcc.gov/ecfs/. Search for Filing 17-142, and look for "Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments." In giving your input, you are protecting your business and your valuable assets, along with residents' quality of service. v Valerie Sargent is a multifamily speaker, trainer and executive consultant, and she serves as the executive director of the Multifamily Broadband Council. Contact her at vsargent@ mfbroadband.org or 949.274.3434. For more information, visit www.mfbroadband.org or www.valeriemsargent.com. MBC Government Relations Committee work informed this article. REQUEST A DEMO mapcom.com | 1-800-745-MAPS INTEGR ATED OSS • FIBER • CIRCUITS • ASSIGNMENT WORKFORCE • INVENTORY • LOCATES • RE VGEN Plant. People. Processes. VISUALIZE Accelerate your revenue opportunities with M4 Solutions! REQUEST A DEMO INTEGR ATED OSS • FIBER • CIRCUITS • ASSIGNMENT WORKFORCE • INVENTORY • LOCATES • RE VGEN

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