When New York City officials ordered Verizon to finish the citywide fiber rollout that it promised but didn’t deliver on time, the city also said Verizon must not demand bulk agreements from landlords in exchange for faster deployment.
Verizon agreed to wire up the whole city in 2008 in exchange for a lucrative cable television franchise, but it didn’t meet the deadline of June 30, 2014. Today, parts of the city are still without access to the FiOS TV, Internet, and phone service, according to city officials. One reason for the missed deadline is that Verizon has demanded bulk agreements or exclusive agreements from multi-unit residential buildings that would limit or eliminate competition from other Internet providers, city officials allege.
Exclusive agreements could violate a Federal Communications Commission rule banning exclusive video service deals in multiple dwelling units.
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