Michael Copps, who served as an FCC commissioner from 2001 until 2011 is extremely wary of Comcast's planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a merger Copps claims would "run roughshod over consumers in the end."
What will this massive merger mean for cable competitors and the tens of millions of customers who buy cable, Internet, and other communications services?
Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, is set to become even bigger. The Philadelphia-based company has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, in an all-stock deal valued at roughly $45 billion. Consumer groups oppose the deal on the grounds that it will hurt competition and raise prices. But the companies claim competition won't be harmed at all.
Comcast Corporation is America’s biggest cable company, its biggest Internet-service provider, and its third-biggest home-telephone provider. Now this behemoth wants to get even bigger, and you have to give its C.E.O., Brian Roberts, some marks for chutzpah. In announcing Comcast’s intention to swallow up Time Warner Cable, the second-biggest cable company in the country, he brushed aside concerns that the regulators and anti-trust authorities might veto the deal, describing it as “pro-consumer, pro-competitive, and strongly in the public interest.”
Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s boards announced a merger of the two companies, which will create the largest behemoth in the industry.
Choice and competitiveness are the casualties when big firms such as Time Warner and Comcast have no motive to upgrade speed or capacity.
Regulators will look closely at giving one company such dominance in pay TV, but they'll balk at giving Comcast the keys to our Internet.
Let's get to the bottom line. There's no way this combination can conceivably be in the public interest. The deal is a blunt challenge to the Federal Communications Commission and its new chairman, Tom Wheeler; the question is whether the FCC will fold against the economic and political power of these two behemoths.
The East German secret police, known as the Stasi, were an infamously intrusive secret police force. They amassed dossiers on about one quarter of the population of the country during the Communist regime. But their spycraft — while incredibly invasive — was also technologically primitive by today’s standards.
Social networks are the new front page and homepage for news. But on Facebook, it's not the "news" that readers come to see or click to leave.
It probably didn’t take you long to find this article online, but that could change. Just a scant two weeks after we rang in the new year, the Internet as we know it may have changed forever when a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality rules. Unless we fight this ruling — and more on how to do that later — the things we love about the Internet could disappear.
Google is pushing Congress to adopt multiple reforms to government surveillance.
According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s campaign to crack down on joint sales agreements and other sharing arrangements is being driven by liberal watchdog groups, the pay TV industry — and, perhaps, the chairman’s desire to encourage broadcasters to cash in their channels during the agency’s incentive auction next year, broadcast sources say.
According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013. After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46.
If the Netflix video you watch via a Comcast connection seems slow and unreliable, you are not alone. Other Comcast customers in the Twin Cities and around the country said they have have been frustrated with poor-quality Netflix video, frequent streaming hiccups and other issues that, in certain cases, have persisted for months.
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. prison inmates and their families will now be able to make interstate phone calls at much lower prices thanks to new federal rules that went into effect on Feb. 11. The new rules were crafted by the FCC and are designed to crack down on what prison inmate advocates call abusive and predatory practices by phone companies.
The Day We Fight Back, billed as the biggest online protest since 2012, is already putting up numbers that could back up the hype.
It’s been over two years since the death of SOPA. But as attention has turned instead to NSA surveillance, the 2012 anti-SOPA protests have provided assurance that online action can create real results. This is the idea behind The Day We Fight Back, an anti-surveillance Web protest being held Tues., Feb. 11, in memory of hacktivist and anti-SOPA organizer Aaron Swartz.