A new video showcases the harms from a merged Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Control of almost half of all high speed Internet customers, the ability to dictate terms to anyone who wants to connect with it, and poorer customer service are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Why is it that cable bills keep getting higher? While a lot of the blame falls on the cable industry itself, even some large cable companies can find themselves squeezed by high programming costs that they then pass along to consumers.
For years, cable prices have increased at a rate faster than inflation. According to a report released last year by the NPD group, the average cable bill (just video, not including broadband or voice) reached $86 per month. Compared to an $8 per month Netflix subscription, or an Amazon Instant Video subscription that works out to about $7 per month (and includes free shipping on actual physical goods sold by Amazon for a year), that's a lot.
As the debate surrounding the technological transition of
the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to an all-IP network continues,
it’s becoming fairly obvious that the guardians of the phone network need to
handle this transition by establishing fundamental principles to guide our
country’s policies moving forward. Today, Public Knowledge filed reply comments with the
Federal Communications Commission urging the FCC to do just that.