Consumer TV Choice Buoyed by FCC Action Ending Cable's Exclusive Access Deals

WASHINGTON - In a unanimous decision today, the Federal Communications Commission prohibited all television service providers from entering into or enforcing exclusive access provisions that block competitors from serving apartments, condominiums or other private real estate developments.

"Millions of consumers live in apartments, condos or other private developments, and, until now, many of them have been denied the benefits of video competition as a result of exclusive access agreements used by cable providers to shield themselves from competition," said Susanne Guyer, Verizon senior vice president of federal regulatory affairs.  "The FCC decision will provide access to new competitive options for residents of these properties and encourages further deployment of broadband networks."

Verizon began offering television on its new, high-speed fiber-optic network in 2005.  As of September 30, the company was marketing FiOS TV service to about 4.7 million homes, with 717,000 TV customers.

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