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January 24, 2022 – Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Jessica RosenworcelFriday’s proposal to impose new rules that would ban some, but stop others, exclusivity agreements between internet service providers and multi-tenant units is welcomed by some.

The proposal would ban exclusive revenue-sharing agreements, in which the owner gets a share of service provider contracts; require suppliers to disclose to tenants “in plain language” the existence of exclusive marketing agreements; and clarifies rules to allow multiple service providers to use building cables to provide service. The proposal will now go to the vote of the committee.

“For too long, monopolies have blocked broadband competition and blocked faster speeds, lower prices and better service to the hundred million Americans who live in apartments and condominiums. We are encouraged to learn that President Jessica Rosenworcel has taken steps to move an order forward in the process,” chip pickingCEO of the Internet and Competitive Networks Association (INCOMPAS), said in a statement.

“We look forward to working with Chairman Rosenworcel and the entire FCC to forge a bipartisan decision that will allow every customer to choose their broadband provider and lead to more competition bringing faster speeds, better customer service. and lower prices.

In its own statement Monday, the Wireless Internet Service Provider Association applauded the proposal. “WISPA members have long sought to open up the underserved multi-unit/multi-tenant market to more providers,” the statement said. “We believe the President’s work represents great progress in this area, which, when completed, should help consumers get better and more affordable deals for their broadband services.”

In submissions to the FCC late last year, housing and public interest groups urged the agency to ban all forms of exclusive dealing, including marketing and sharing deals. revenue, which they said reduced competition from service providers for tenants.

Dutch competition authorities fine Apple

Dutch antitrust authorities have fined Apple €5 million after the company failed to comply with an order to support third-party alternative payment systems.

The Consumer Markets Authority issued the fine on Monday just over a week after Apple said it would comply with the body’s order on January 15; the ACM maintains that Apple has not complied. Apple was originally ordered to make changes in December.

Although Apple is appealing the fine, according to Reuters, ACM said the company would face weekly fines starting at €5 million and reaching as high as €50 million.

This comes after a series of alleged antitrust violations against Apple in the United States and the European Union.

Cameron Communications expands into Louisiana

Cameron Communications, a subsidiary of American Broadband Holding Company, announced on Monday its expansion to Westlake, Louisiana, where it will roll out fiber-to-premises services and gigabit speeds for residents and businesses.

The Westlake expansion is part of a larger initiative to better serve rural communities in the area, the company said in a statement.

“We believe that everyone should have access to reliable, quality Internet service and we are excited to provide the community of Westlake with an offering that brings the future of communications and entertainment into their homes and businesses.” said the general manager of Cameron Communications. Bruce Petry said in the press release. “We understand the needs of Westlake customers as we have decades of expertise serving this area of ​​the state and overcoming the challenges that come with it.”

Cameron Communications is based in southern Louisiana but maintains networks throughout the state and several locations in Texas.

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