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One Billion Hearts, Bleeding as One

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:03
New Republic

Over the last 5 years, the Web has witnessed a dramatic degree of centralization and standardization. That mostly has made life simpler and easier. With accounts at just, say, Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook, you can now do almost anything you might like. But convenience, as alluring as it may be, comes with costs that are not always obvious at first. Heartbleed, the vulnerability in SSL encryption discovered yesterday, makes this clear, as did the NSA spying revelations last year.

Chuck Schumer Has Family Ties to Massive Comcast Deal

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:57
Huffington Post

Charles Schumer, a top Senate Democrat and member of the body's antitrust subcommittee, appeared to give his blessing to Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable, but did not mention that his brother was involved in the mega-deal.

Consolidation Critics Tell Wheeler to Block Comcast/TWC

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:56
Broadcasting & Cable

In the wake of Comcast's filing of the proposed Time Warner Cable merger with the FCC April 8, 50 public advocacy groups including Free Press, Public Knowledge and NOW, wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to oppose the deal as "unthinkable" gatekeeper power over the Internet.

Franken: Comcast Called Time Warner Cable a Competitor Until It Wanted to Merge

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:13
Ars Technica

Comcast has repeatedly said the biggest reason U.S. regulators should approve its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable is that the two companies do not compete against each other. While Comcast has more than 21 million customers and TWC has more than 11 million, there isn't a single city or town in America in which the two companies both offer video and Internet services.

Comcast Defends Time Warner Cable Merger

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:56
Crain's New York Business

The companies in a letter told the FCC that they'd be good for consumers. Consumer advocates disagree.

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:52
Moyers & Company

As the U.S. Senate holds its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal — a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets — it’s useful to get a look at how our elected officials have benefited from the largesse of the two companies with an urge to merge.

As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:42

Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable this morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argues the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so.

The Backlash to the Comcast Merger Is Now Bipartisan

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:33
Washington Post

Just because conservatives are beginning to line up alongside their liberal counterparts doesn't mean they'll be able to torpedo the deal. Neither does the White House's relationship with Comcast necessarily imply that the Justice Department and the FCC are in Big Cable's pocket. But the right's growing skepticism is a surprising turn for a party that tends to side with business as a matter of instinct.

Comcast, Rights Groups Send Letters to Federal Regulators on Comcast/TWC Merger

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:30

Comcast has begun to lay out its arguments to the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department on why its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable should be approved.

Public Interest Groups Oppose Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:29
Consumer Affairs

There's about 7.5 billion people currently in the world, and one of them is bound to be of the opinion “Y'know, this proposed Comcast/Time Warner cable merger sounds like it would be genuinely awesome, and I believe this even though I neither work for nor own stock in those companies.” Unfortunately, I was unable to track down this person and request a quotable comment before I had to file this-here article about the more than 50 public interest groups who signed an open letter opposing the planned merger.

How the FCC Is Expanding Transparency

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:25
Sunlight Foundation

The FCC just made the cost of a Senate seat a lot easier to calculate. Last week, the FCC quietly signaled that — opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters notwithstanding — all broadcast TV stations must begin posting political ad buys online as of July 1.

Comcast Defends Time Warner Mega-Merger as Criticism Increases

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:19
Agence France-Presse

Comcast opens its campaign to get approval of its mega-merger with rival Time Warner Cable at a congressional hearing, amid intense criticism from some activists.

Comcast, Time Warner to Make Their Case to Congress

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:16
Washington Post

Executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable will visit Congress in an effort to make the case for their merger, aiming to convince lawmakers that the $45 billion deal is good for consumers and that the firms are not as dominant as opponents claim.

Comcast Faces Senate Grilling on Time Warner Cable Deal

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:11

Comcast's executive vice president testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend a $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

Watchdog Groups Take Aim at Comcast Before Hearing

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:08
Philadelphia Inquirer

Comcast's critics launched broadsides before the Senate Judiciary committee hearing on the company's merger even began.

Comcast Touts Consumer Benefits, Downplays Competition Issues Tied to Time Warner Deal

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:06

Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable will serve the public interest by expanding broadband Internet, video, and voice services to undeserved U.S. consumers, the company said in filings submitted April 8 to the FCC.

AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:49
Associated Press

A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan.

Comcast: Nobody 'Rational, Knowledgeable' Opposes Our Merger

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:27
Broadband Reports

Comcast's top lobbyist David Cohen (who skirts lobbying disclosure rules by simply pretending he's not a lobbyist) says he's yet to hear any "rational, knowledgeable voices" objecting to his company's planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In an interview with CSPAN, Cohen again reiterated that the deal would be great for consumers and great for America, as if a man paid to lobby for Comcast would voice any other opinion.

Media Concentration: FCC Closes Competing Local TV Station ‘Partnership’ Loopholes

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:10
Stop the Cap!

When your local ABC station’s evening news ends up on a local FOX station, it is usually because the two have signed a joint agreement to let one station represent the other in making programming decisions and selling advertising. FCC chairman Thomas Wheeler believes this growing trend represents an end run around the agency’s rules limiting how much control a single major media company may have in any particular community. Wheeler joined two Democratic commissioners and voted to ban the practice.

Verizon’s Curious Allies, Employees Urge N.J. Regulators to Forget About FiOS Fiber Expansion

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:06
Stop the Cap!

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities has heard from hundreds of New Jersey residents about a settlement proposal that would let Verizon off the hook for failing to keep a commitment to provide high-speed broadband service statewide no later than 2010. Curiously, hundreds of those comments were identical e-mails originating from AOL, Hotmail, MSN and Yahoo mail accounts urging the state to show lenience to Verizon — to forgive and forget the company’s broken promises.

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