For two years, unlimited building access has been mandated andwith it came the teeth to complain. But so far, say executives, noone's heard of anyone filing a complaint with the state PUC. Why?It's simply driven by an inbred desire to service tenants. Thelegislation really wasn't needed, concur executives from Ft.Worth-based Crescent Real Estate Equities Co. and Dallas-basedMacfarlan Real Estate Services.

But as providers come knocking, they soon learn that buildingowners have the right to set license fees, typically ranging from$1,000 to $1,500 per structure, plus require contracts so thatfly-by-night operators don't trespass. It's the "Don't Mess withTexas" way co-mingled with lawmakers' savvy to keep their hands offjust how building owners would comply.

"Clearly it's a case of the government passing a regulation thatthe market forces were going to do a better job of taking care of,"Keith Waggoner, Macfarlan's COO tells "The marketforces have sufficiently made access a very effective process." Thebottom line, he says, is that building owners will get theproviders that the tenants want--to stay competitive.

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