Fcc May Bar Exclusive Cable Deals With Apartments
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is pushing to end exclusive contracts between cable providers and apartment-building owners. "People who live in apartment buildings deserve to have the same type of competition and choices as people who live in suburbs," Martin told today's (Tuesday) Los Angeles Times. "I'm optimistic that if you have additional competition, you'll have lower prices." But cable providers contend that they have invested millions of dollars to wire apartment buildings on the condition that they receive exclusive contracts. And the newspaper quoted representatives from some minority organizations as worrying that barring exclusive deals would result in some cable companies pulling out of low-income areas altogether.