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by Karl Bode 09:15AM Friday Oct 10 2014
A new group named "Onward Internet" popped up a few weeks ago, offering a sassy, sexy website that rather ambiguously discusses how the Internet is a "wild, free thing" that is "unbounded by limits" and "unfettered by rules." The website and accompanying video discuss how it's "everyone's responsibility" to protect the Internet. The group doesn't really explain what its purpose is, though after a few weeks ProPublica discovered that it's a new effort by the cable industry's biggest lobbying group, the NCTA.

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The website asks visitors for their input on how to best protect the Internet. Employees of the group are also canvasing some city streets collecting user input. A chirpy Twitter account similarly asks for user input.

What is a cable-industry group targeting Millennials funded by the cable industry doing with this information? Likely collecting fodder in the campaign against Title II and/or net neutrality, if the industry's rich astroturfing history is any guide. Calling the organization's phone number suggests you get to find out next month:
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"Sorry we can't come to the phone right now," the call-in greeting says. "We just got wind of the juiciest celebrity rumor and we're working to confirm it.
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by Karl Bode 06:11PM Wednesday Oct 08 2014
As we've recently noted, Austin is starting to resemble the kind of competitive market most of us only dream about. Thanks to Google Fiber, AT&T is now planning to offer $70, 1 Gbps connections in the city -- recently joined by Grande Communications, who says they too will offer 1 Gbps lines for $65 a month.
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by Karl Bode 10:43AM Monday Sep 29 2014
The cable companies that pioneered cable television continue to flounder in JD Power and Associates' latest TV customer satisfaction survey. According to the latest results from the firm, DIRECTV and Verizon FiOS (738) tied for top honors in TV customer satisfaction in the East region; AT&T U-verse (750) ranks highest in the North Central region; Verizon FiOS (751) ranks highest in the South region; and DISH Network (739) ranks highest in the West region.
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by Karl Bode 10:49AM Wednesday Sep 24 2014
Comcast last night filed their reply comments to the FCC as the agency considers approving the company's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The filing is filled with the sort of arguments we've seen countless times already over the past few months, including Comcast's repeated claim that they face so much competition on every front there's simply no way they'd ever engage in anti-competitive behavior.
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by Karl Bode 10:28AM Thursday Sep 04 2014
In a recent blog post, Comcast top lobbyist David Cohen applauded the "wide variety of support" for their merger the company is getting from people, organizations and politicians the company quite coincidentally throws money at. Cohen, who now calls himself the company's "Chief Diversity Officer" to skirt federal lobbying reporting laws, happily points out that some 70 mayors and over 60 other state and local officials now support Comcast's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
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by Karl Bode 08:59AM Friday Aug 29 2014
An analysis of monthly cable bills by SNL Kagan found that while all cable TV bills are high (and increasing, sometimes twice a year) Cablevision customers have it the worst in terms of high rates. Cablevision customers on average now pay the company $152.72 a month, significantly higher than the next most expensive cable operators -- Comcast ($137.24 per month on average) and Verizon FiOS ($122.57 per month on average).
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by Karl Bode 08:32AM Wednesday Aug 27 2014
On the heels of a nationwide Charter DNS outage over the weekend, Time Warner Cable is the latest ISP to suffer a nationwide outage. According to user comments in our forums, the ISP early this morning suffered a routing problem, knocking all of the company's customers offline. "At 430am ET this morning during our routine network maintenance, an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services," Time Warner Cable said in a statement. "As of 6am ET services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online."

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by Karl Bode 05:46PM Monday Aug 18 2014
The Wall Street Journal notes that Time Warner Cable's existing relationship with Bright House Communications complicates Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Bright House is currently its own company, but Time Warner Cable has an ownership interest and historically handles programming, some engineering and technology acquisitions for the company (they even historically shared the "Road Runner" branding).
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by Karl Bode 12:59PM Friday Aug 15 2014
Earlier this week Comcast stated they were "insulted" by concerns that the company (alongside Time Warner Cable) was helping to fund a dinner to honor an FCC Commissioner currently deciding on the fate of their planned merger. Comcast was contributing $110,000 and Time Warner Cable was contributing $22,000 to sponsor the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s annual dinner, which promotes diversity in the cable industry.
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by Karl Bode 08:10AM Thursday Aug 14 2014
Syracuse, New York is the perfect example of a broken American broadband industry. On the one hand, Verizon has refused to install FiOS in the city itself -- leaving the majority of the city's customers on outdated and very expensive DSL lines.
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by Karl Bode 02:56PM Wednesday Jul 23 2014
While Verizon's legal victory over the FCC did gut the agency's net neutrality rules, it kept some of the FCC's authority over ISPs intact -- specifically the agency's transparency rules -- which require that ISPs be straightforward about the "network management practices, performance, and commercial terms" of their broadband services.

In a statement issued today, the FCC "reminded" wireline and wireless ISPs alike that those rules are still intact and need to be adhered to, lest the agency lightly slap a wrist or two -- maybe.
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by Karl Bode 02:37PM Wednesday Jun 18 2014
Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers.
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by Karl Bode 08:15AM Friday Jun 06 2014
New Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus, who stands to make upwards of $80 million for a few months of work should the Comcast merger be approved, is looking for regulators to approve the deal before the end of the year. Calling the Comcast deal a "a dream combination" and a "very special value creation opportunity," Marcus stated he's "still hopeful hat we can attain those approvals by year-end." Most analysts believe regulators will approve the deal, largely because Comcast and Time Warner Cable don't directly compete. Consumer advocates warn that the threat of 80% of the country being usage capped and Comcast's use of scale as an anti-competitive weapon are the bigger threats.

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by Karl Bode 08:30AM Wednesday May 28 2014
Time Warner Cable this week announced that the company has launched a new portal for its broadband customers that lets them register their Wi-Fi devices, allowing them to auto-connect when a Time Warner Cable hotspot is in range. According to a blog post and press release, the company's new www.twcwifi.com portal will also show users how much money they're saving by using Wi-Fi instead of connecting to their company's cellular network.

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by Karl Bode 04:18PM Wednesday May 21 2014
As we've recently noted, Austin is starting to resemble the kind of competitive market most of us only dream about. Thanks to Google Fiber, AT&T is now planning to offer $70, 1 Gbps connections in the city -- recently joined by Grande Communications, who says they too will offer 1 Gbps lines for $65 a month.
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by Karl Bode 10:27AM Tuesday May 20 2014
The latest American Consumer Satisfaction Index once again confirms that Time Warner Cable and Comcast are among the least liked companies not only in the pay TV sector -- but across all industries. The full report (pdf) notes that overall consumer satisfaction with the pay TV sector continues to fall, beaten out in annoyance and dissatisfaction only by the broadband sector.
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by Karl Bode 02:34PM Wednesday May 14 2014
The writing has pretty clearly been on the wall as Comcast slowly but surely has expanded their usage-cap trials throughout less competitive Southern markets. Speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit today in New York City (see transcript via Fierce Cable), top Comcast lobbyist David Cohen was asked whether or not he sees a future where users only have a choice of capped plans.
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by Karl Bode 07:59AM Tuesday May 06 2014
Comcast is promising regulators and the public that acquired Time Warner Cable customers in Los Angeles and New York will get the company's new X1 set top box within a year of being acquired. "We'll be within the first markets in a year," Neil Smit, president and chief executive of Comcast's cable unit, tells Reuters. In addition to the set tops, Comcast is promising to deliver "considerably higher Internet speeds to Time Warner Cable customers" in those cities. That shouldn't be that hard; Time Warner Cable is already targeting NYC and LA as locations for the company's new "Maxx" upgrades, which aimed to provide faster broadband speeds and improved TV services. The timing for other markets has long been less certain.

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by Karl Bode 12:36PM Wednesday Apr 30 2014
Cable executives gathered this week at The Cable Show in Los Angeles, and a big topic of conversation was of course Google Fiber, and whether cable operators plan to start offering speeds up to 1 Gbps anytime soon. Some cable operators like Cox ambiguously claimed they had 1 Gbps offerings in the works, though others, like Time Warner Cable, tried to downplay the $70, symmetrical 1 Gbps service Google Fiber is offering.
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by Karl Bode 09:02AM Monday Apr 28 2014
As rumors have suggested for month, Comcast and Charter have struck a deal that would offload a significant number of freshly-acquired customers to Charter in an attempt to sell regulators on Comcast's $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. According to an announcement, once (if) the deal goes through, Charter will acquire around 1.4 million customers, and Comcast and Charter will swap around 1.6 million users based on geographic area.
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