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Comcast Lobbyist Delayed $10 Broadband to Grease NBC Deal
While FCC Took Credit for Program That Actually Did Little
by Karl Bode 09:46AM Friday Nov 02 2012
To get their acquisition of NBC approved, Comcast proposed a condition requiring they offer $10 1.5 Mbps broadband to low income homes (dubbed "Internet Essentials"). As we pointed out when the program first surfaced, Comcast proposed this condition because once potential applicants jump through a number of hoops, Comcast knew that very few low income families would actually qualify. Ultinately, Comcast was forced to expand availability of the program after low-income Philly residents noticed this, though only after Comcast received oodles of good press for a program that really didn't have them doing all that much differently.

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A new Washington Post story profiles top Comcast lobbyist David Cohen, calling him a "wonk rock star" in the DC K Street curcuit. Post reporter Cecilia Kang unveils that someone at Comcast had proposed Internet Essentials much earlier, but Cohen had them yank it to get approval for the NBC acquisition. The story also explores how Cohen cleverly let the FCC claim credit for the program for their own political benefit:
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The initiative may not have sealed the FCC's decision to approve the NBC merger. But it helped, Cohen said. The proposal clearly captured the fancy of regulators. Late last month, Genachowski, the FCC chairman, touted the program, seemingly claiming some credit for its creation. "This particular program came from our reviewing of the Comcast NBC-U transaction," Genachowski said in a speech. "Comcast embraced it as good for the country, as well as good for business. And I'm fine with that."
On the plus side, some people got less expensive broadband, which certainly isn't a bad thing. On the other hand, you've got a Comcast lobbyist who delays a program for the poor in order to profit handsomely by buying NBC, and an FCC claiming credit for a show pony program just to earn political points and to avoid imposing tougher conditions. As we'ved noted previously, hollow programs that do little but sound great has been a constant theme at an agency too timid to actually regulate.

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sandman_1

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Because corporations are people too!

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHiicN0Kg10
Skippy25

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Re: Because corporations are people too!

Always applicable when it comes to our government and the legalized bribing system they have in place to further their wealth and the wealth of the ones around them.

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."
- Frederic Bastiat

surprise

@sbc.com

wow

lobbing=greasing. So what's the surprise here? Anyone that sees this as unusual needs to get into the real world... I will go out on a limb and say that the new guy isn't any different when it comes to the details.
krazyfiend

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A couple of typos Karl

'Ultinately'

'curcuit'
elray

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Santa Monica, CA

Who played who?

The administration wanted the headlines that they were tough on corporations, while pretending to do something for the so-called disenfranchised.
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Great example of "Crony Capitalism",

which is not pure Capitalism. It's the worst kind, because Big Govt still pulls the strings, and Crony Capitalists know how to appeal to the Big Govt types.

Best example (in the recent movie "Atlas Shrugged Part I") is James Taggart. He sucks up to the Big Govt types, as they throw him scraps, letting him run the railroad.

newview
Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
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Comcast are just plain liars

quote:
Comcast Lobbyist Delayed $10 Broadband to Grease NBC Deal
So what else is new?
Comcast has shown time and time again that they are NOT an ethical company.
You'll be way ahead of the game if you consider everything that Comcast says is a lie.