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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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