Federal Communications Law Journal

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55 Federal Communications Law Journal 99 (2002)


The Telecommunications Act of 1996 marked a fundamental change in the attitudes of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission toward local telephone exchange carrier policy. This change affected local exchange carriers in many ways, including their relationships with the owners of multiple tenant environments, such as office buildings and apartment complexes. Under the Act, FCC rulemaking increased competitive local exchange carriers' access to the facilities of incumbent local exchange carriers by removing competition barriers. However, owners of of multiple tenant environments can also act as barriers to local exchange carrier competition. This Note will first review the general purpose behind the 1996 Act. It will then outline the history of local exchange carrier access to of multiple tenant environments. Finally, this Note will examine questions related to proposed FCC rules for nondiscriminatory local exchange carrier access to multiple tenant environments.