spiffyman writes: "The New York Times is reporting (registration may be required) that on Wednesday the FCC will end exclusive contracts to provide cable service to apartment buildings. The article quotes Kevin J. Martin, the Commission's Chairman, as saying that cable prices have risen "about 93 percent in the last 10 years" and that the FCC hopes to see more competition out of this move. While more has yet to be done, this is a step in the right direction. In my apartment, for example, I have (dead) outlets for one cable company but am forced to go with the higher-priced firm. Moves like this will help those who live in areas where competition — even minimal competition — exists. The article also discusses the impact this may have on low- to middle-income families, which disproportionately live in apartment complexes."