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Comments on news posted 2014-02-13 12:25:44: Comcast today didn't waste much time in paving the way for what they hope will be regulatory approval of their $45 billion planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable. ..

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Johkal
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Don't Worry About Our Huge Size !

LMAO!

Do I need to comment.


DanteX

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Tell the Truth

Im sorry but everything I read here about Comcast wanting to put the Customer first and give them a quality experience is total BS. if they actually told the truth the consumer would know that High Prices and next to no upgrades are expected.



Kommie
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By the People for the People

People are not corporations. The Government should throw everything it has into stopping this takeover.

Comcast would be the Monopoly in the Media world. The merger with NBC was too big.



Titus
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When they

refer to legislation as "antiquated" your backside is about to become a wind tunnel.
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newview
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This merger would be horribly bad for consumers

quote:
Comcast executives said, “We believe this transaction is approvable. It is pro-consumer, pro-competitive, and strongly in the public interest.”

A game changer not just for Comcast, but also for consumers. What’s good for the cable behemoth can be a very bad deal indeed for the rest of us. Time and time again we see that a lack of competition makes service and prices worse for consumers, while access to options makes things better. When the possibility of a merger rose back in January, law expert Susan Crawford wrote, “If merger and acquisitions activity in the telecommunications realm had a soundtrack, this moment would be accompanied by the menacing bass rumble of Jaws.”

Now it seems we’re up to the part where all the brass and percussion jump in. As the LA Times bluntly puts it, “There’s no way this combination can conceivably be in the public interest.”
»consumerist.com/2014/02/13/comca···oo-late/

political_i

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Really?

Google Fiber in 3 markets? That is like comparing the United States overall to Rhode Island in land mass!



tshirt
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Karl, Comcast owns ...

...PART of hulu/hulu plus along with other content providers fox and mouse (moose and squirrel? ) and is a step in the right direction even if not quite perfect.
After the failed sales attempt the remaining partners did commit to substantial new investments is content so it may yet become a bigger player in the IPTV transition.



Streetlight

join:2005-11-07
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Might enourage CC to become a Common Carrier

The acquisition of TWC might be just what's needed to get Entertainment Delivery/ISP companies (Cable, Telcos, Satellite, etc.) declared Common Carriers with heavy handed regulation of their business practices and Net Neutrality that really works. No Common Carrier status, no merger. Of course, it depends on who appoints the regulators. Prices might then be controlled by state public utility regulators. Could be a win for customers as well as ISPs.

Allowing Comcast to acquire NBC Universal seems to me to have been a big mistake even though there's a seven year requirement preventing price gouging other providers of NBC Universal programming. What happens after seven years is up? Everyone might want to be a Comcast subscriber if one wants to watch NBC Universal programming.
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IPPlanMan
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Tone Deaf...

Who writes these puff pieces?

- Comcast owns Hulu.
- Comcast provides substandard Netflix streaming quality.

Neither of these services will improve due to a merger with TWC.

This release is right up there with the AT&T/T-Mobile merger....
»www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=1···mapcode=

which was shown to be a complete farce here...
»Leaked AT&T Letter Demolishes Case For T-Mobile Merger

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PhoneBoy
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The only way I could see this being approved is if...

Comcast were forbidden--permanently--from requiring municipalities to sign exclusive agreements to provide service. Furthermore, all such agreements previously made would be considered null and void effective immediately.

That would at least open the door to competition.
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tshirt
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reply to Kommie

Re: By the People for the People

There are lots of other players in the content side and quite a few on the delivery side Comcast is just aiming to be the largest with skin in both the delivery and content side, which might be a lot more stable then lots of smaller companies playing the "blackout wars" game.
Vertical integration can have benefits to the consumer as well as the provider.


AVonGauss
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reply to Kommie

said by Kommie:

People are not corporations.

Corporations are a group of people.

AVonGauss
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reply to Streetlight

Re: Might enourage CC to become a Common Carrier

Not necessarily the same "common carrier" status you're referring to, but its very likely that ISPs are going to fall under more regulation as it the "Internet" officially becomes essential infrastructure.

Of course, saying "ISPs" is a tad bit of joke these days when it comes to physical presence, the number of providers is a rather small group of companies.


silbaco
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reply to political_i

Re: Really?

Google's the one that started the mind games, saying they are serious about Google Fiber and that it isn't just a hobby. The idea of Comcast spinning it back around and shoving it in their face is actually pretty funny.



Eddy120876

join:2009-02-16
Bronx, NY
reply to AVonGauss

Re: By the People for the People

Correct but they shouldn't dictate how government should work. or heck even get tax break like people.


political_i

join:2013-11-12
reply to silbaco

Re: Really?

If Google really wanted to given their profits and cash-flow and the will, they could probably take Comcast to town in Baltimore.


political_i

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reply to PhoneBoy

Re: The only way I could see this being approved is if...

Also if all the lines were required to be common carrier. That would bust the door open to some serious competition.


KoshiirRa

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BRAIN HURT

My brain hurts. How does removing a competitor not reduce competition? How is removing a competitor pro-competitive? How is cutting 3 million people off from their current provider even allowed to get this deal approved?

Comcast never should have been allowed to buy NBC, let alone even another major ISP.


KoshiirRa

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reply to political_i

Re: The only way I could see this being approved is if...

Yeah, but with the control that the telcos have over Washington, we'll never see common carrier internet connections. Not to mention in some people's eyes "common carrier" is equated with "rampant internet piracy."



gaforces
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reply to Streetlight

Re: Might enourage CC to become a Common Carrier

said by Streetlight:

Allowing Comcast to acquire NBC Universal seems to me to have been a big mistake

Huge mistake multiplied by proposed merger = "Is that a Gorilla? OH SH*T it's BIGFOOT".
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openbox9
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reply to Eddy120876

Re: By the People for the People

They don't dictate how government works; your elected officials do. And corporations shouldn't be paying income taxes in the first place.



Jason Levine
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reply to silbaco

Re: Really?

Even if Google decided to push full steam ahead with Google Fiber, they wouldn't even begin to rival Comcast for size (with or without Time Warner Cable) for quite some time. Claiming that Comcast will be "kept in check" by a very small Google Fiber is ridiculous.
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Jason Levine
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reply to KoshiirRa

Re: BRAIN HURT

Too bad you aren't a politician. If you were, they could send a nice lobbyist to "explain" it all to you. Then it would make perfect sense and you'd be 100% in favor of it.
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VerizonCynic

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Dont bother calling DOJ

here is why....»finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/02/···-merger/


political_i

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reply to Jason Levine

Re: Really?

I wasn't saying Google should fully develop but I know that if I were strategic, I would start to do battle in markets I know I could win easily. Pick them a part piece by piece. No need to go in an all out war. They would be kept in check in the markets where Google would go head to head. On a national scale, probably not.



PaRoberts

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Ma Bell replaced by Pa Roberts

We can return to the wonderful days of Ma Bell where 1 regulated company provided all our communications needs. The new Pa Roberts will bring all the internet goodness to America and provide access to all those wonderful content monopolies.



antdude
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And then?

Whatever. Lame.



Comcast Peon

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The 3 greatest lies told to mankind...

1. I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.
2. Of course, I'll respect you in the morning.
3. We (Comcast) always put the public interest ahead of our own.



newview
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reply to KoshiirRa

Re: BRAIN HURT

said by KoshiirRa:

Comcast never should have been allowed to buy NBC, let alone even another major ISP.

Agreed.

Comcast bought NBC in back in 2011

... now you can't even viewing the Olympics requires a cable subscription

even though, back in 2011 NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus promised to show all events live rather than saving the best for tape-delayed coverage in prime time.

He lied ... and continues to lie about their failures, saying their current method of coverage "make it a more enjoyable and informative experience".

NBC, owned by Comcast, has obviously been been fully indoctrinated into the Culture of Comcast, aka "The Big Lie".

Now, "The Big Lie" is expanding ... claiming that this acquisition is "pro-competitive, pro-consumer, and strongly in the public interest".

Now, as with the NBC merger, history continues to reaffirm that, "There's no way this combination can conceivably be in the public interest."

For what it's worth ... there's already a Whitehouse.gov petition to Stop the Comcast/TimeWarner Cable merger and require more competition in the cable industry

silbaco
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reply to Jason Levine

Re: Really?

Google's pretending Google Fiber is a major ISP and crediting themselves for single-handedly changing broadband is equally as ridiculous. Comcast is just following Google's lead here. They set themselves up for something like this.