Items tagged "Comcast"

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Comcast, the 1992 Cable Act, and You

November 8, 2019 1992 Cable Act , Comcast , Mergers , monopsony , MVPD , Starz , Video Marketplace

Don’t be disappointed, but this post isn’t going to give you a complete history of the 1992 Cable Act. That law had a lot of great ideas — and led to some great results — but it also had some disappointments, as the law was either watered down or poorly implemented. However, one of its […]

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Comcast’s “Authentication” Hijinx Provide Yet Another Reason to Block its Time Warner Cable Takeover

March 11, 2015 Comcast , ComcastTWC , Net Neutrality , Online Video , Time Warner Cable

Comcast is unique among large Internet Service Providers and cable companies in how it can undermine online video competition in ways that go far beyond net neutrality violations.

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Cable Companies are Making Things Up Again

January 28, 2015 Broadband , Comcast , FCC , highspeed internet , Time Warner Cable

NCTA Tells FCC One Thing and Consumers Another About Highspeed Internet

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Is Comcast’s Awful Service Grounds For Blocking The TWC Deal? Yes, Actually.

August 28, 2014 Comcast , Comcast-TWC , merger , Recast Comcast , Time Warner Cable

The last few months have brought us a spate of Comcast horror stories and Comcast-hate. Most recently, a recording of a subscriber spending 20 minutes trying to disconnect his Comcast service has prompted some investigating into Comcast’s service and employment practices. What does this have to do with the FCC’s decision about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger?

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Why the FCC Shouldn’t Let Comcast Buy Time Warner Cable

August 26, 2014 Comcast , Comcast-TWC , FCC , merger , Time Warner Cable

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute joined many other organizations in filing our formal Petition to Deny with the FCC, asking it to stop the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

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New Video: Stop Comcast from Taking Control

August 19, 2014 Comcast , Comcast-TWC , merger , Time Warner Cable

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 the FCC Should Cut the Cord on the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Deal

February 14, 2014 Comcast , Time Warner

A merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable would create a dominant gatekeeper for content providers and would only lead to fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. Fortunately, you can make your voice heard: tell Congress to oppose the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger. If you were watching the news yesterday you probably saw that […]

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Why Is Your Cable Bill So High?

March 7, 2013 Comcast , Competition , Future of Video

Share your cable frustrations here. The best stories will be published to this blog on Thursday, March 21!


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.

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The FCC Needs a Framework for the Phone Network Transition First

February 25, 2013 Comcast , phone transition

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.

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Comcast’s Very Scary PSTN Filing

February 14, 2013 Broadband Authority , Comcast , Competition , FCC , National Broadband Plan

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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