Co-written by Eric Fishman Property owners and managers have a new tool to assist them in theirnegotiations with the many telecommunications service providers (TSPs) seekingaccess to their commercial office buildings. The document, named theTelecommunications License Agreement (Multi-Tenant Office Building), but morecommonly called the Model Agreement, is the product of an effort that began lastsummer under the direction of the Real Access Alliance (the Alliance), and isavailable on the Alliance's web site, www.realaccess.org. Holland & KnightLLP acted as the principal drafters of the Model Agreement, and this articlewill provide insight into the background for the Model Agreement, certain keyelements of the Model Agreement and where building owners, managers and serviceproviders might be going from here. Background The Model Agreement responds to the need to have property owners and managersand TSPs have a common starting point for their dealings with each other inmatters relating to access for telecommunications in multi-tenant officebuildings. There are many issues and competing priorities in the negotiation ofbuilding access agreements, the theory was and is to narrow and more clearlydefine those issues and competing priorities through the development of a ModelAgreement as the template to at least begin most building access discussions. AModel Agreement has the capacity to provide the interested parties with a solidplace to start, without dictating where the parties will ultimately end up. There were many forces at work in developing this theory and many supportingparties behind the Real Access Alliance. The mission of the Alliance is toencourage competition among telecommunications companies in the delivery ofreliable, high-quality services to tenants, while protecting the privateproperty rights of property owners. The members of the Alliance are the BuildingOwners and Managers Association International, Institute of Real EstateManagement, International Council of Shopping Centers, Manufactured HousingInstitute, National Apartment Association, National Association of HomeBuilders, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, NationalAssociation of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Association of Realtors,National Multi Housing Council, and Real Estate Roundtable. The 11 members ofthe Alliance represent the interests of more than 1 million members. Each ofthose members played an active role in the development of the Model Agreement....
Telecom Access Agreement Aids Owners, Managers and Service Providers
|Author:||Mr Nelson Migdal|
|Profession:||Holland & Knight LLP|
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