Items tagged "Comcast"

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Verizon and Cable Cos Keep Playing Games

April 12, 2012 Broadband , Comcast , Competition , FCC , Patent

Verizon and the cable companies have always been reluctant to answer the tough questions about their proposed deals to team up rather than compete on voice, video, and data services, but now they’re even going so far as to try to stop potential opponents of the deals from participating in the FCC’s review at all. The FCC shouldn’t indulge this kind of gamesmanship and should give all interested parties a meaningful opportunity to make thoughtful, well-informed arguments about these deals.

Yesterday Verizon and the cable companies filed an objection to try to stop Netflix’s outside counsel from reading the companies’ license transfer, agency, resale, and Joint Operating Entity agreements.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Comcast, TPP, 3D Printed Jewelry

April 6, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , DMCA , Network Neutrality

On this week’s podcast we discuss Comcast’s brush with net neutrality, the TPP, a decision in Viacom v. YouTube, and the future of TV with Tomorrowvision.  We also explore the world of 3D printed jewelry with Susan Hinton of Owl Posse.

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Meanwhile, Back At The D.C. Circuit . . . . The Open Internet Litigation Plods Along.

March 27, 2012 Comcast , FCC , Network Neutrality

So, since Comcast has seen fit to once again raise net neutrality questions, it’s probably a good time to check in and find out what is going on with the court challenge and when we might get a resolution on whether the FCC Open Internet rules are actually enforceable.

To recap briefly: The FCC adopted the its network neutrality rules in December 2010. Owing to delays caused by compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the final version did not appear in the Federal Register until late September 2011. Folks filed in a bunch of different circuits, and the D.C. Circuit won the lottery back in October. 

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Comcast Exempts Itself From Its Data Cap, Violates (at least the) Spirit of Net Neutrality

March 26, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , FCC , Network Neutrality

Recently it came to light that when Comcast customers are able to stream Comcast Xfinity video to their Xbox360s, it will not count against their data cap.  This decision is a perfect example of the behavior that net neutrality rules were designed to prevent AND raised additional questions about the true motivation behind data caps.

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Merger ‘Conditions’ Can’t Fail As Big Deals Are On The Line

March 16, 2012 Comcast , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

On any given day, on any given cable or satellite system, subscribers will see a message telling them that a favorite channel which had been in one spot on the channel lineup has been shifted to another.  It happens all the time as channels are added, subtracted or moved around.  It’s not a big deal.

Unless, of course, the cable channel in question is Bloomberg Television.  Since March 2011, Bloomberg has been trying to hold the Comcast-NBCU media behemoth to the promises it made, and agreed to, in order to complete the takeover that resulted in one of the biggest media companies in history.  Comcast’s power and influence belies its rankings of #66 on the Fortune 500 and #101 on the Financial Times Global 500.  The numbers don’t show the power of the largest cable provider, largest high-speed Internet provider, a TV network, a movie studio and numerous cable channels all rolled into one.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Actions On Verizon/Cable Deal

March 8, 2012 Comcast , Press Release , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

The Federal Communications Commission today asked Verizon and its cable industry partners for detailed information surrounding the $3.9 billion sale of spectrum held by the cable companies to Verizon and about joint marketing agreements between Verizon and the cable partners.

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

“We are very pleased that the Commission is following an aggressive course in asking for more information for a deal that could create a new communications cartel in this country. 

“Verizon should be required to show whether it is going to have spectrum shortages.  Comcast should be required to provide plans to prove it actually considered entering the wireless business.  All of the companies should provide full documents to show the extent of the joint marketing arrangements.

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What Are Comcast and Verizon Hiding?

March 6, 2012 Comcast , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

In this latest installment of 5 minutes with Harold Feld, Harold gives some background as to why secret cross-marketing arrangements between Comcast and Verizon should be of concern to the FCC and the public at large.

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PK In The Know Podcast: VZ/Spectrum Co., Data Hogs, and Cantora Labs

February 24, 2012 Comcast , Competition , Data Caps , Music , VerizonSpectrumCo

On today’s podcast we discuss problems with a pending deal between Verizon and the cable companies and more data on the myth of the data hog. We also talk with Nick Panama of Cantora Labs about embracing technology as a record label.

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Cable Companies Love to Compete, Right?

February 21, 2012 Comcast , Competition , MVPD , Set-Top Box , TV Everywhere

Although Comcast’s announcement that it is preparing to launch a Netflix competitor may be a step forward for online video competition, it also highlights the dirty little secret about cable companies – they do everything they can to avoid competing with one another.

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Public Knowledge Joins Eight Others Asking For Details On Verizon-Comcast Deal

January 19, 2012 Comcast , Press Release , Spectrum

Public Knowledge was one of a group of organizations and companies which yesterday asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Verizon and Comcast to file more details about their proposed new business arrangements.

The letter is here.  

Verizon has agreed to pay $3.6 billion to several cable companies, led by Comcast, for spectrum those companies hold but have not developed.  In addition, there are agreements for Verizon to market cable products and to work together to develop new technology.

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