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Public Knowledge Asks Conditions on Comcast Acquisition of NBC

June 21, 2010 Comcast , Press Release

Public Knowledge today told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it must impose three conditions guaranteeing access to programming and to telecommunications networks if Comcast should is to be allowed to purchase NBC Universal.

You can find the compete filing here.

In its filing with the FCC, PK said the Commission first “must impose strict non-discrimination rules that prevent the entity from interfering with the distribution of non-affiliated content through filtering, blocking, or degrading distribution.”

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Public Knowledge Comment On Latest Misleading Congressional Letter

May 28, 2010 AT&T , Comcast , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Earlier today, 171 of 177 House Republicans signed a letter opposing the proposed actions of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure economic growth and to protect consumers.

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

“Today’s House letter, combined with that signed by 74 Democrats a couple of days ago, is nothing more than a demonstration of the unparalleled political and lobbying muscle of the telecommunications industry.  The biggest companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to buy this Congress.  AT&T spent $6 million in the first quarter of this year alone.

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Public Knowledge Defends FCC Authority for New Broadband Policies

May 10, 2010 Broadband , Comcast , Press Release

Background:  Over the last couple of weeks, a number of high-powered parties, including FCC Comr. Robert McDowell, have written letters to Congress raising legal questions about the proposed regulatory reclassification of broadband service.  Public Knowledge
sent its reply today.  The letter is here.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has all the legal authority it needs to reclassify broadband Internet access service from an information service, Public Knowledge (PK) today told House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA).

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Public Knowledge Appalled at RCN Throttling Case

April 20, 2010 BitTorrent , Comcast , Press Release

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

“We learned today that another Internet Service Provider, this time RCN, was throttling its customers Internet traffic.  This is yet another example showing why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) needs to be given the authority over Internet access service.  As of now, there is no Federal cop on the beat to protect consumers.  Not every consumer will take a case to court, and not every cable company would be willing to settle what could be prolonged litigation.  The Commission’s regulatory authority needs to be reinstated as quickly as possible.”

A copy of the lawsuit settlement is here.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC Action To Protect Broadband Consumers, Further National Economy

April 6, 2010 Broadband , Comcast , Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“Today’s Appeals Court decision means there are no protections in the law for consumers’ broadband services. Companies selling Internet access are free to play favorites with content on their networks, to throttle certain applications or simply to block others. In addition, as of now, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ambitious National Broadband Plan to help boost the economy is in legal limbo. The ability of the FCC to support broadband through universal service is in jeopardy, as is the agency’s ability to protect consumer privacy, ensure access to broadband-based emergency communications or promote access to broadband for the disabled.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Comcast – NBCU Merger

January 28, 2010 Comcast , Press Release

Earlier today, Comcast and General Electric formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve the merger of Comcast with NBC Universal.

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

“We are incredulous that Comcast and NBCU would downplay Internet distribution of video at a time when the FCC has repeatedly identified online video as one of the primary drivers to broadband adoption.

“When the Commission considers any conditions to this transaction, it must take into account both existing online competitors and those the Commission hopes will emerge. The Commission must make certain competitors will have access to Comcast and NBC programming as the online market evolves.”

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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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