Forest Hills, NY
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
|reply to rit56 |
Re: State law regarding services.
A. your landlord is probably bullshitting you - most landlords and coop boards placate tenents, since they don't want to deal with the indirect cost and aggravation of a second building wiring distribution plant.
B. if your landlord got 50% of each building's tenants to sign a petition requesting FiOS, that would light a fire under Verison's provisioning department much more than any right of way agreement.
from my experience with securing such a petition in my own Coop, people will not sign unless the current provider service is consistently fair-poor, and/or Verizon offers a cut rate discount to any building subscriber - which they won't. in my Coop the TWC service is good (despite it's 20 year old wiring plant) and we all get a $10 discount off any plan, so even if FiOS dug a trench right past our building, I doubt we will bother getting FiOS unless Verizon is breaking down our doors to get in - which they won't.
my Coop went through the exact same drama 10 years ago when RCN dug a trench past us to light up a 50% committed building a few blocks away. back then TWC was expensive compared to RCN, and RoadRunner service was worse than aDSL - but we still could not get half the building to sign up. I like to think after this RCN incident (TWC knew we were soliciting RCN because documents filed over wiring tray conflicts) that TWC no longer takes my building for granted.
How stupid are people. FIOS is... FIOS. It's amazing. TWC is crap in comparison.
In terms of RCN, how do your franchise agreements work? I'm not 100% sure, but as far as I can tell, here in CT, if a second provider gets a franchise license (this has been done by the municipality of Groton for TVC, which was recently sold to private investors), they have to serve 100% of that franchise area, just like the incumbent. In the case of TVC, that meant Groton, Ledyard, Stonington, and North Stonington. I haven't seen anywhere in this franchise area that can't get either Comcast or TVC, including all the apartment buildings. They both run their plant to the demarc point, and then they can just swap the cable off to the individual unit, at least that's how I understand it. It shouldn't be that hard for a large MDU to run a second cable plant up the middle of the building to where the demarcs are, so that they could be swapped over.
FIOS is a little different because it is fiber, and telco TV, so I don't believe that it would have to serve 100% anywhere. I think AT&T got some sort of waiver based on the technology, since U-Verse is too pathetic to be able to serve 100%, although I kind of wish the DPUC had regulated them as cable and told them 100% or nothing.