Items tagged "Comcast"

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Public Knowledge Responds to Comcast’s $65 Billion Fox Bid

June 13, 2018 21st Century Fox , Comcast , Competition , merger

Today, Comcast announced a $65 billion bid to acquire international and entertainment programming assets from 21st Century Fox Inc.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Comcast, Charter Anti-Competitive Wireless Deal

May 8, 2017 Comcast , DOJ , FCC , Media Consolidation , Mergers

Today, Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications announced an agreement to “explore potential opportunities for operational cooperation in… wireless businesses.” A major component of the deal includes an arrangement not to merge with or acquire another wireless company without the other party’s consent for one year.

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In A Public Interest Victory, Comcast Abandons Time Warner Cable Merger

April 24, 2015 Comcast , Comcast-TWC

Comcast has announced that, in light of legal obstacles, it is abandoning its proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable.

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Public Knowledge Urges Senators To Fix or Oppose STAVRA

November 6, 2014 Comcast , STAVRA

Today, Public Knowledge and other public advocacy groups sent letters to all 100 senators urging them to either fix provisions harmful to consumers in the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA) or refrain from passing the bill at all. Each letter explains that language removing current Federal Communications Commission rules around set-top boxes will harm competition in the video device market, and potentially hurt future innovation in video devices and systems.

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Public Knowledge Launches New Remix Competition, “Recast Comcast”

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

Today Public Knowledge announced Recast Comcast, a contest to remix the slew of recordings of poor Comcast customer service that have been appearing on the internet this summer. This contest challenges everyone to remix these various recordings into something amazing, and hopes to create something positive out out many hours spent on Comcast customer service calls. As the grand prize, Public Knowledge will pay the winner’s last Comcast bill.

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PK Files Petition to Deny on Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

August 25, 2014 Comcast , Comcast-TWC , Competition , FCC , Time Warner Cable

Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute File Petition to Deny with FCC on the Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

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Public Knowledge Statement on Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

February 12, 2014 Comcast , Time Warner

The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney: “Comcast cannot be allowed to purchase Time Warner Cable.  Antitrust authorities and the FCC must stop it.   “If Comcast takes over Time Warner Cable, it would wield unprecedented gatekeeper power in several important markets.  It is already the nation’s largest ISP, the nation’s […]

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Public Knowledge Commends Joe Waz on Retirement from Comcast

March 23, 2011 Comcast , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“I would like to wish my fellow Boston University alum Joe Waz a peaceful retirement from Comcast, but that won’t be easy.  Although he is leaving the company, Joe will continue to be active in the field as the first chairman of the Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group and as a senior fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship.  I am affiliated with both, and look forward to working with Joe in his new roles.

“Joe had an exemplary full-time career, starting with the Telecommunications Research and Action Center, a Ralph Nader group, and continuing through his consulting work and position with Comcast.  I enjoyed working with him, even though we may disagree on issues from time to time and always believed he was an honest broker of ideas.”

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Public Knowledge Comment on Justice Department Filing on Comcast Merger

January 18, 2011 Antitrust , Comcast , Press Release

The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

“The Justice Department was correct to undertake such a rigorous antitrust analysis of the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal.  Such a transaction could be exceedingly harmful to the public and to competition in the online video and program access arenas.

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Public Knowledge Comment on Comcast-NBCU Merger

January 18, 2011 Comcast , FCC , Network Neutrality , Press Release

The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

“From the beginning of this process, Public Knowledge’s primary focus has been on the potential for this merger to slow the development of online video as a new choice for consumers.  We are pleased that the conditions in this merger, if properly enforced, will allow new online competitors to cable to develop, much as satellite service did in the 1990s.

“We are also pleased that the FCC has committed to consider a notice of proposed rulemaking on program carriage. We look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that independent programmers enjoy the freedom to distribute their programming both online and offline.

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