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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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