Entries Matching: Comcast
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
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
and AT&T/T-Mobile: Taking Over a Maverick Competitor
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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Today, Public Knowledge asked the FCC to address Comcast’s decision to exempt its own online video service from the data caps that it imposes on its subscribers. Specifically, Public Knowledge filed a petition calling on the FCC to enforce the conditions that it imposed on the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger.
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.