Mass. property-access law unconstitutional - Broadcasting & Cable

Mass. property-access law unconstitutional

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A Suffolk County judge ruled unconstitutional a Massachusetts law forbidding
apartment and building owners from granting exclusive access to one
telecommunications-service provider. The court found the law an illegal taking
of property.

Landlords are also fighting similar Federal Communications Commission access
rules.

Building owners -- along with incumbent local phone companies such as
BellSouth Corp. and Verizon Communications -- are hoping to relax those general
rules when they are re-examined this fall.

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