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Comcast 'Insulted' By Concerns Over Their Funding of FCC Dinner
by Karl Bode 09:37AM Wednesday Aug 13 2014 Tipped by newview See Profile
Reports this week emerged that Comcast was contributing $110,000 and Time Warner Cable was contributing $22,000 to sponsor the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s annual dinner in September. The dinner, which promotes diversity in the cable industry, will this year honor FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. When asked whether or not funding a dinner honoring someone who is currently reviewing the proposed merger of the two companies might be a bit -- inappropriate -- Comcast got "insulted":
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“We absolutely dispute the notion that our contributions have anything to do with currying favor with Commissioner Clyburn or any honoree,” she said in a statement. “Such claims are insulting and not supported by any evidence. They are purely fiction. We have supported the organization year in and year out regardless of who the dinner honorees have been."
Granted, Comcast supports the organization in large part because the broadband industry has a long, long history of throwing money at minority groups so they'll support whatever Comcast tells them to (in turn working against the interests of the very same constituents these groups claim to represent). Clyburn herself criticized this practice of "co-opting" such groups for PR and policy back in 2010.

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Mike
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Quickly more smoke

Damn it people are seeing through this one.... TO THE SMOKE MACHINE

IPPlanMan
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Re: Quickly more smoke

Get those flack guns ready!
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the people have broken bandwidth meters but I see Comcast is more worried about people's BS meters not being broken. =)
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Im insulted that Comcast openly bribes government officials and doesn't get in any sort of trouble for it.

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Re: Quickly more smoke

"we are insulted that people are seeing through the blatantly obvious"

Or...

Jedi mind fail; This is not the conspiracy you are looking for.

None of this matters anyway because no one will do anything about it anyway. What? You mean special interest $$ and politics will continue to play together?

Unthinkable
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Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

This is the first time they've ever honored a sitting commissioner. Brian Robers happens to sit on this years dinner committee which selects the honorees. Coincidence?

eeeefefef

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Re: Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

so how many people here buy their BS ?

Mike
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Re: Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

The paid lobbyists who troll our forums (and others) aren't awake yet. They start around 11am. Must be nice a gig.
ke4pym
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said by eeeefefef :

so how many people here buy their BS ?

It doesn't matter what people here buy.

It's the people in charge that matter... We're all going to lose at this rate.

pumpkinhead7

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All of the industry shills that troll around here

Who

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Re: Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

said by pumpkinhead7:

All of the industry shills that troll around here

And by those, you mean anyone who disagrees with the so-called consumer advocacy groups that make a career out of whining about business and funded by government and liberal foundations.

Mike
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Re: Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

Oh good morning. I see you started at 12 today. Breakfast run over?

Roger

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big business and big government are 2 sides of the same coin, I'm a free market right winger and this bothers me. If comcast and time warner merge a huge chunk of the country will have no effective competition for broadband. I don't know any conservative that supports anti-competition monopolies.

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Re: Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

said by Roger :

I don't know any conservative that supports anti-competition monopolies.

Uh.... all of them, I think. If it takes Government regulation, intervention, or oversight to prevent it from happening, then they are all for it happening, as they don't want any of that, and they don't want any restrictions on lobbyists from controlling said Government "oversight."
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Roger

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Re: Brian Robertds is on the 2014 Dinner Committee

KrK I get what you're saying; however true conservatives are against crony capitalism. What you see on Fox News are wing-nuts. While we believe in limited government; no sane person believes in no government; if they do I tell them to move to Somalia and live the dream lol
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I don't understand this logic, please explain further. Comcast and Time Warner don't compete. Show me an area where you have a choice between Comcast and Time Warner? I'm all for blocking companies like T-Mobile and (anyone else), but being infuriated at this makes no sense.
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KrK
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No. I mean the guys who will argue with you that the bad service, and prices, customer services etc you get are really either your fault or a very isolated incident, the ones who argue that clearly corrupt, fraudulent, or illegal behavior is no big deal, or just the norm;

.... and the people who argue that moves that are designed to block competition, sabotage innovation, control consumer's rights, choices and even freedoms are really in all our best interests, as long as a Mega-Corp can make more profit.

And of course, the ones, who when you speak your opinion or experiences, label you a liberal, anti-business, false advocacy type, commie pinko or any other nonsense.
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So, will the main course for this dinner be

Filet Mignon?
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Re: So, will the main course for this dinner be

The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes inclusion and participation of women and people of color in the cable telecommunications industry.

AlexNYC

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The best FCC money can buy!

Isn't this how they got rid of the unencrypted ATSC signal and required everyone to "rent" a crappy cable box?

I used to be able to get the local TV channels in HD for without a cable box, then I used AEREO. Now both of these options are gone. The government is feverishly protecting the cable companies because of all the lobbyists and the money they bring.
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Re: The best FCC money can buy!

It stands to reason that the broadcast lobby is the biggest one in Washington.

AlexNYC

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Re: The best FCC money can buy!

OTA broadcast companies shouldn't care how exactly their signal gets to the eyeballs that watch the TV commecials. I suppose they might care if the rating system does not count the additional viewers, but that's whole other can of worms.

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said by AlexNYC:

Isn't this how they got rid of the unencrypted ATSC signal and required everyone to "rent" a crappy cable box?

ATSC is OTA. Cable boxes are for CATV. Cable boxes will not work for ATSC in any way, shape, or form.
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Re: The best FCC money can buy!

Only because they are designed that way. Deliberately.

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said by PaulHikeS2:

ATSC is OTA. Cable boxes are for CATV. Cable boxes will not work for ATSC in any way, shape, or form.

ATSC is NOT just OTA. I was able to plug in the Comcast cable from the wall directly into my TV tuner and was getting the local stations in HD (basic Comcast cable service, no cable box required). Then they encrypted the signal so you need a cable box to receive anything at all from Comcast.
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Comcast insulted? Oh, the poor dears....!

Give me a fucking break, Comcast.

The feds have just put in new rules that if a drug company buys a simple lunch for a doctor's office, a form has to be filled out, and the data eventually gets posted on a new federal website.

And the reason behind such rules is to try to discourage the companies from trying to influence doctors.

So Comcast, don't act all surprised and offended if people get the idea that maybe your $ 110,000 funding has ulterior motives.
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Wining and dining

Wining and dining the FCC commish beecause well, they're trying to get a merger ok'ed by the FCC. And you wonder why people are skeptical of big corporations colluding with big government.

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Re: Wining and dining

I call dingo!



atcotr

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lobbyist revolving door & regulatory capture

Has the FCC ever had a majority of commissioners who weren't former/future telecom executives or campaign contributors?

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Re: lobbyist revolving door & regulatory capture

no idea on the answer to your question but i do think telecom execs former or future should be barred from serving on the fcc. Ya know the whole inmates running the asylum and all that

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Tit for Tat

I'm insulted that Comcast would think I'm so gullible that I would actually believe they're insulted in the first place.

uap

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somewhat ironic

"The dinner, which promotes diversity in the cable industry..."

Now, how does merging the 2 largest companys promote diversity? Seems like that is reducing diversity.

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Grow up

Don't they understand that their intent has no bearing whatsoever on the subject? You must avoid even the appearance of wrongdoing and pretty much any ethics committee would considerably frown on their behavior here.
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FCC dinner

How does the walter kaitz foundation annual dinner that is a fundraising event held as a annual event become a FCC dinner? Only in Karls world.

Comcast is the main sponsor of this dinner every year. Brian Roberts is one of 26 people that sit on the board. Last years dinner earned 35 million dollars. The honoree gets zero of any money.

The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes inclusion and participation of women and people of color in the cable telecommunications industry.

List of board members which is pretty diverse across the broadcast, equipment, and distribution of entertainment. »www.walterkaitz.org/board-staff/

TruthBtold

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CLEAN HOUSE.

Start all over with everyone. Remove all these ppl from the FCC who are Telco favorites. Outlaw "sponsoring" dinners the companies have no business in. Remove all Lobbyists (All paid for now by tax dollars according to recent reports) And anyone found being "bought" from the FCC should be fired and fined twice what the bribe was. All these rules that the FCC has made over the years are not followed unless the right palms are greased. Comcast and TWC say a merger is going to help consumers. BS they will combine and jack the rates and try anything to stop networks from going to Netflix, Amazon, HULU and more.

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if they were ordinary people

the FCC would show up to be told that there was a three hour wait, then locked inside a tiny room until their tables were available.

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Re: if they were ordinary people

said by pjcamp :

the FCC would show up to be told that there was a three hour wait, then locked inside a tiny room until their tables were available.

Nah, the FCC would show up and be told a waiter could be dispatched in 5 days but in the meantime, power cycle your cutlery.

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If you can't stand the heat ...

Comcast Pulling Funding From Kaitz Dinner
Company Will Make Equivalent Contribution To Foundation

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News - August 14, 2014
»www.multichannel.com/news/fcc/co ··· r/383182

Time Warner Cable Pulls Out of Kaitz Dinner
Takes Name Off Dinner but Will Move Funds to Foundation

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News - August 14, 2014
»www.multichannel.com/time-warner ··· r/383190