Bloomberg Law
July 9, 2021, 6:25 PM

Cable Fees, Exclusive Deals Attacked as Biden Pushes Competition

Todd Shields
Todd Shields
Bloomberg News

President Joe Biden is challenging business as usual for the broadband industry, attacking murky pricing, high fees, and landlords restricting tenants’ choice of internet service providers.

Steps outlined in a Biden executive order Friday reprise Obama administration policies that industry and Republicans have resisted or ignored, prefiguring a fight to come at the Federal Communications Commission and underscoring how hard it may be to deliver on many of Biden’s roster of changes.

A major cable group Friday called Biden’s statements “misleading,” and a group representing largest phone companies AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. said “context and facts are largely ...