Comments on news posted 2013-07-12 08:40:08: With his new ownership of UK's Virgin Media and his new 27% stake in Charter Communications, cable industry mainstay John Malone has sparked a new round of talk about consolidation in the cable industry, consolidation that likely won't turn out parti.. ..
I think I am with this consolidation for the very reason you state but for a more back evil kind of reason.
Once they become 1 company, then it will be easier for the government to implement my plan of 1 fiber network nationwide to all consumers and businesses through regulations.
So with that in mind, lets give them lots of incentives to become one company this year (lets throw in the telco's too). Hell, lets say if they can get it all done by 12/31 they pay not taxes at all for 2013 just to get them salivating. Then within the next year or 2 after the cut over lets implement regulations requiring them to spin off their services making them official dump pipes that only service the network and sell access to all those that want to provide services across it. It will then make it a little easier to require and hold accountable the company that will be forced to roll fiber and provide at a minimum 45/45 mbps to EVERYONE within the next decade.
Works for me and it will finally be the government sticking it to the companies just like they have done in reverse for decades.
one small flaw in that do you have any idea how much lobbying power they would have then? more likely they would never pay tax again and prices would go up 10x and they would just slow every thing down even more
Cablevision has just invested heavily in their network. From speed increases and bonded upstream channeling, to increases in DVR network capacity, and general improvements, Cablevision is not acting like a company that is about to be sold. Companies who are prepared to be sold or bought out freeze all improvements, minimize maintenance, raise prices, and hold back on any expensive improvements. Cablevision has done the opposite. No one who has Cablevision wants that crypt keeper John Malone, or the slime-warner gang taking over our systems and starting metered billing and huge price increases.