When Telecommunications Access Becomes Too Much -
Suggestions for Real Estate Counsel and Their Clients
Probate and Property, July/August 2003, Volume 17, Number 4
By Gerard Lavery Lederer
Gerard Lavery Lederer practices with Miller & Van Eaton P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C.
Commercial property professionals today are faced with the challenge of meeting tenants' demands for access to redundant and competitive broadband services in an era when bankruptcies have drastically reduced the supply of such providers. Integrated telecommunications service providers (TSPs)—voice, video, and data providers—are offering residential property professionals and developers great prices but are demanding exclusive deals in exchange. These issues are arriving in your office with your clients. You need to know what the legal and practical implications of such issues are and what role you as counsel for these folks have to protect them both legally and from a business perspective.