How To Stop The Comcast Time Warner Merger

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC how you feel about the Comcast-TWC merger

By on July 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC how you feel about the Comcast-TWC merger

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opened up public comment on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which means that you have until August 25th to let the commission know your take on the deal. Comcast issued a press release shortly after public comments opened informing us that the deal will bring “considerable consumer benefits” to everyone without any loss of competition because, hey, it’s not like Comcast and TWC ever bothered trying to compete with one another in the first place. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger Dish Opposes

The Comcast-TWC merger suffers its biggest blow yet

By on July 9, 2014 at 4:11 PM.

The Comcast-TWC merger suffers its biggest blow yet

Is the tide starting to turn inexorably against the hugely unpopular proposed Comcast-TWC merger? The Los Angeles Times brings us word that satellite TV company Dish has officially come out against the merger and has told the Federal Communications Commission that it should block the deal. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger FCC

Here’s our first hint that the Comcast-TWC merger could be in trouble

By on July 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Here’s our first hint that the Comcast-TWC merger could be in trouble

We haven’t really seen any indication yet on how the Federal Communications Commission feels about the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, but some key appointments made this week show us it could be in for a rough ride. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin reports that the FCC has appointed two people to its Comcast-TWC merger review team who have in the past been highly critical of major proposed mergers. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger DOJ Emails

Newly exposed emails reveal Comcast execs are disturbingly cozy with DOJ antitrust officials

By on July 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM.

Newly exposed emails reveal Comcast execs are disturbingly cozy with DOJ antitrust officials

Want to know why Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable has any chance of passing despite huge opposition from even the company’s own customers, look no further than emails recently uncovered by MuckRock that show Comcast execs have a very friendly relationship with an attorney at the Department of Justice’s antitrust division. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger News

TWC customers are begging the government to kill the Comcast merger

By on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

TWC customers are begging the government to kill the Comcast merger

What does it say about Comcast and Time Warner Cable that some of the people most opposed to their merger are those who know them the best: Namely, their customers. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin has been digging through some of the public comments that have been filed with the New York Public Service Commission and has found that many TWC customers are absolutely pleading with the government to block the merger because they worry the combined companies will provide even worse customer service and will raise prices even higher. More →

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FCC Commissioner Comments

Former FCC Commissioner: ‘We should be ashamed’ of the current state of U.S. broadband

By on June 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM.

Former FCC Commissioner: ‘We should be ashamed’ of the current state of U.S. broadband

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is not happy with the current state of U.S. broadband service under the watch of former top cable lobbyist and current FCC head Tom Wheeler. The longtime consumer advocate spoke on Wednesday during a meeting of internet industry executives and politicians in Washington D.C. and didn’t mince words when discussing the current state of broadband Internet service in the United States. More →

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Comcast Bandwidth Caps Trial Program

Here are all the lucky places where Comcast is testing home broadband caps

By on June 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM.

Here are all the lucky places where Comcast is testing home broadband caps

You know how much you love your Comcast service? Well then just wait until you start getting hit with overage fees for using it too much. The Times Leader reports that Comcast has started new trials of data caps for home broadband services in several big markets around the country, highlighted by Atlanta, Georgia.  More →

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How to Disable Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspot

Comcast is turning your home routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots – here’s how to disable them

By on June 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM.

Comcast is turning your home routers into public Wi-Fi hotspots – here’s how to disable them

Comcast has a brand new feature for its Internet subscribers called Xfinity Wi-Fi, but it’s going about it the wrong way, likely making even more enemies in the process. SeattlePi reports that Comcast is turning some of the Wi-Fi routers placed in the homes of subscribers into a “massive public Wi-Fi hotspot network,” but it’s doing so without giving customers the opportunity to opt out before the service is rolled out. More →

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Cable Company Satisfaction Ratings

Over half of cable subscribers would ditch their providers if they had a choice

By on June 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

Over half of cable subscribers would ditch their providers if they had a choice

It’s not hard to figure out why cord cutting has become a popular phenomenon: consumers hate their cable providers. Not all of them, of course, but according to a recent survey of more than 3,000 people by management consulting firm cg42, 53% of customers are frustrated by their primary provider and would leave if they had a choice in the matter. Unfortunately, many don’t have a choice, and as Comcast and Time Warner Cable prepare to merge, the choices are about to become even more limited. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

This one story illustrates why everyone hates Comcast

By on June 3, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

This one story illustrates why everyone hates Comcast

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said last week that he and his team “don’t wake up everyday and go to work and say we want to be hated” and then suggested that everyone hates Comcast because other companies such as TV studios are constantly forcing it to raise its customers’ prices. However, one story flagged by Consumerist actually shows perfectly well why Comcast is one of America’s two most hated companies and it has nothing to do with higher cable prices. More →

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Google ISP Rankings

Google’s new Quality Report will tell you how amazing (or awful) your ISP is

By on May 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Google’s new Quality Report will tell you how amazing (or awful) your ISP is

Earlier this year, Google-owned YouTube began collecting a different type of data when serving videos to its users. Instead of focusing solely on data that might help the Internet giant serve targeted ads to viewers, Google also started noting the quality of its users’ broadband Internet connections. Now, for the first time since it began its initiative in January, Google is sharing the data it collected in an effort to show users how their ISPs stack up against rivals in the area. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger Internet Essentials

Does the Comcast-TWC merger hinge on Comcast’s empty promise?

By on May 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM.

Does the Comcast-TWC merger hinge on Comcast’s empty promise?

One of the more dubious arguments that Comcast has made in selling us on its merger with Time Warner Cable has been that the deal will be particularly good for low-income Americans. Why would giving Comcast what it wants help poor people, you ask? According to Comcast, they’ll benefit from the expansion of its Internet Essentials program that’s designed to make broadband services more affordable to people who don’t have a lot of money. However, some new numbers crunched by the Center for Public Integrity shows that Comcast’s program has had little to no impact on closing the digital divide. More →

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Comcast CEO Roberts Interview

Comcast CEO has a ridiculous explanation for why everyone hates his company

By on May 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Comcast CEO has a ridiculous explanation for why everyone hates his company

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts faced some tough questions at Re/code’s big conference on Wednesday, as one audience member actually asked him why his company and potential merger partner Time Warner Cable are the two most hated companies in America. As Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson tells it, Roberts started off by saying that Comcast executives “don’t wake up everyday and go to work and say we want to be hated,” which is a fairly sensible thing to say. Then, however, things got weird.

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