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F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments
By STEPHEN LABATON
Published: October 29, 2007
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 —The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the
rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this
week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an
apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the F.C.C., says exclusive contracts between cable companies
and apartment buildings have contributed to the rapid rise in cable service prices.
The new rule could open markets across the country to far-ranging competition. It would
also be a huge victory for Verizon Communications and AT&T, which have challenged the
cable industry by offering their own video services. The two companies have lobbied
aggressively for the provision. They have been supported in their fight by consumer
groups, satellite television companies and small rivals to the big cable providers.
Commission officials and consumer groups said the new rule could significantly lower
cable prices for millions of subscribers who live in apartment buildings and have had no
choice in selecting a company for paid television. Government and private studies show
that when a second cable company enters a market, prices can drop as much as 30
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