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    JuliaAnn, arkdem, martini, greenearth

    I own a small multi-unit building (3 units, owner occupied).

    Can I forbid Verizon from attaching their wires to the house at all? Am I required to do business with a criminal entity?

    One tenant has hardwired phone service; the other and myself use cell phones from other providers. I'd be willing to subsidize the difference (via a rent reduction) for the tenant that currently uses Verizon.

    •  Look into getting a T-1 line (5+ / 0-)

      Your building might be too small to make it financially viable, but if you can get a T-1 line into the building, you can provide high-speed internet service and phone service as an incentive for your tenants. For a somewhat larger building, 5 to ten units, it may well make sense.

      Over here, T-1s go for around $500/month. Split it by 3 and keep in mind that it would replace not just the phone, but also the DSL or Cable modem that your tenants may have, and it might just be feasible.

      A few things to be aware: A T-1 is high-speed Internet, but slower than DSL or Cable. The cost is higher because T-1s are designed to be rock solid. Some providers will refund you a whole month if the service goes out for just a few seconds. Also, unlike DSL and Cable, T-1 is available pretty much everywhere, even in rural areas.

      Also, a T-1 usually ultimately comes from your phone company, so you may end up still doing business with Verizon. Do your research.

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      by sdgeek on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 08:44:29 AM PDT

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    •  no, you can't (7+ / 0-)

      Anymore than you can prevent your tenants watching Fox.  

      Believe me there is a very short step from you doing that, to the righties doing it in the other direction but worse.  Then you would see buildings popping up where all of the stuff the tenants had access to was going through non-content-neutral carriers, and dissident media such as this very site, were either unobtainable or were throttled down so slow that no one would wait for the pages to load.  

      What you can do, is get hold of some advertising & sales material from competing carriers and leave it in a place where everyone will see it.  

      And you could, in a larger building, set up a PBX to provide landline service at a discount compared to AT&T rates.  So you could say, "your rent includes basic telephone service, voicemail, and internet; you can arrange for long distance on this service, or you can get (whoever) to bring in your lines, either way is OK..." and the simple factor of a competitve market will work on its own.  

      Aside from which, you don't want to get stuck in a situation where someone needs AT&T (or verizon or whoever) and you won't let them have it.  That makes you out to look like the badguy.  

      As I said, I've cost AT&T a bundle this year in lost customers just because I can direct my clients to another carrier that does a better job meeting their needs and does it at a better price.  The choice is ultimately theirs, but so far, it's worked against AT&T in every case but one that I can think of.  

      •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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        That's not a very exact analogy -- I'd not be denying my tenants access to the content of their choice, merely disallowing a particular common carrier.

        But the point is taken; I'd be pissed off if my landlord prevented me from doing business with the company of my choice.

        Oh well.

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