Entries Matching: Comcast

Comcast’s Very Scary PSTN Filing

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I’ve been sorting through the various filings at the FCC in the Phone Network to IP transition docket. I single out the 7-page filing by Comcast as the filing that scares the absolute bejeebers out of me.

Why? Because everyone else – no matter what their financial interest or political alignment – paid lip service to the idea that we ought to have at least some kind of regulation. Whether it’s a general nod to a “minimal and light touch regulatory regime” or a specific shopping list, the vast majority of commenters recognized that when you have something as big, complicated and utterly essential to people’s lives as the phone system, you need some kind of basic backstop for people to feel comfortable and to address problems that will invariably come up.

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UMG/EMI: The Next Innovation Bottleneck

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While much attention has focused on whether European antitrust regulators will allow the major label Universal to buy one of its competitors, EMI, the proposed merger has also attracted the attention of US antitrust authorities in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Senate. In the US context, this merger bears some important similarities to recent proceedings like the Comcast/NBCU merger and the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Universal/EMI and AT&T/T-Mobile: Taking Over a Maverick Competitor

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PK In The Know Podcast: Comcast Data Caps, Tethering, and Craigslist

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On today's podcast we discuss a petition to stop Comcast from exempting itself from its data cap, playing the long game to allow cell phone tethering, and Craigslist's decision to sue people trying to make the site more user friendly.

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Sony Delays Online Video Service Due to Comcast Data Cap

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Data caps prevent online video offerings that compete with – and potentially replace – cable TV.  But don’t take our word for it.  Just ask Sony.

Last fall, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sony was planning an online video service – something like a virtual cable company.  For a fee, Sony would offer you a bunch of channels and deliver them over the internet.  This model is great because it allows new companies to offer TV content and compete with cable companies.  The only problem is that it relies on the fat broadband pipes that the cable companies control.

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