Comcast TWC Merger Data Caps

Get ready for even more data caps after the Comcast-TWC merger

By on April 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Get ready for even more data caps after the Comcast-TWC merger

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to be wary of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, GigaOM gives us a new one: Data caps. GigaOM points out that Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are the only two major cable companies in the United States that haven’t yet imposed data caps on their customers but that could change if TWC gets gobbled up by Comcast as part of a $45 billion acquisition. More →

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Why The Comcast TWC Merger Is Bad

Comcast’s case for merging with TWC is an insult to our intelligence

By on April 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM.

Comcast’s case for merging with TWC is an insult to our intelligence

Comcast thinks very, very poorly of our intelligence. That’s the only conclusion I can come to after reading up on the company’s testimony in the Senate on Wednesday in which it hilariously tried to convince us that it’s really a tiny little underdog in the content distribution world that needs to merge with Time Warner Cable so it can stand up to the big bullies at Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft. To illustrate this point, as LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik points out, the company passed around a ridiculous chart showing how small its market cap is compared to its “competitors.”

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Comcast TWC Merger Testimony

Comcast makes its case for the TWC merger, says millions of Americans will benefit

By on April 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

Comcast makes its case for the TWC merger, says millions of Americans will benefit

The proposed $45 billion merger between pay TV and Internet service giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been met with staunch opposition from consumers, rivals and several watchdog groups. On Wednesday, Comcast will make its case to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in an effort to convince regulators and the general public that the merger benefits not just the companies involved and their shareholders, but also American consumers. More →

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Home Internet Service

One of the biggest reasons you have no choice when it comes to home broadband

By on April 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM.

One of the biggest reasons you have no choice when it comes to home broadband

According to data from the Federal Communications Commission, about one-third of households in the United States have no choice when it comes to home broadband service. In other words, if they want reasonably fast home Internet service and they live in an area with access to wireline broadband, there is only one company they can pay. Another 37% of American households have a choice between just two Internet service providers for home broadband, which is defined by the FCC as Internet service with download speeds of just 4Mbps or more.

Why is the current state of home Internet service such a mess for consumers? One of the biggest reasons is so obvious that you might not have even considered it. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Poll

New poll shows the more education you have, the more you hate the Comcast-TWC merger

By on March 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

New poll shows the more education you have, the more you hate the Comcast-TWC merger

Does being more educated actually give you more common sense? A new Reuters poll finds that while Americans as a whole dislike the idea of a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, people who have more education dislike the merger even more than people who are less educated.  More →

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Comcast TWC Customer Satisfaction Survey

Yet another survey shows Comcast and TWC are hated by their customers

By on March 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Yet another survey shows Comcast and TWC are hated by their customers

Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes and rock-bottom customer satisfaction ratings for America’s two largest cable companies. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is touting a new survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center showing that Comcast and Time Warner Cable are two of the three least liked pay TV providers in the United States.

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EA Worst Company in America

Achievement unlocked: EA escapes a third year as the ‘Worst Company in America’

By on March 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Achievement unlocked: EA escapes a third year as the ‘Worst Company in America’

It’s still up for debate whether EA took anything away from being named the worst company in America for two years straight, but the company’s victory (?) lap is finally ending. Consumerist has revealed that EA lost out to Time Warner Cable in the first round of voting for this year’s ‘Worst Company in America’ bracket, forcing video game fans to direct their rage elsewhere for the remainder of the competition.

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Comcast TWC Merger News CEO Marcus

After 2 months on the job, TWC CEO will grab $80 million payout if Comcast buys his company

By on March 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM.

After 2 months on the job, TWC CEO will grab $80 million payout if Comcast buys his company

Talk about nice work if you can get it! Bloomberg reports that Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus will receive a compensation package worth $80 million if Comcast successfully buys his company, despite the fact that he’s only held his position for just under two months. Bloomberg says that “the golden-parachute payout includes $56.5 million in restricted stock units and unvested options and $20.5 million in cash” along with a $2.5 million performance bonus and other goodies. More →

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Time Warner Cable Retail Store

Time Warner Cable looks to Apple to improve its terrible reputation

By on March 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Time Warner Cable looks to Apple to improve its terrible reputation

Time Warner Cable doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. Its customer satisfaction is incredibly low, ranking second to last behind only Comcast in a survey taken last year. Its customer service is routinely criticized and it tied with AT&T for the worst customer service in another survey earlier this year. Its proposed merger is incredibly unpopular, with only 6% of consumers approving of the deal. This bad reputation is beginning to hurt TWC, too, as it lost 825,000 pay TV subscribers last year. More →

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Why Comcast Time Warner Merger Is Bad

Comcast-TWC merger would create a ‘fearsome Goliath,’ should be shot down

By on March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM.

Comcast-TWC merger would create a ‘fearsome Goliath,’ should be shot down

No one can exactly accuse the editors of The Economist of being wild-eyed populists or enemies of capitalism, which is why it’s noteworthy that the magazine has taken a pretty strong stance against the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In a leading editorial arguing against the merger, The Economist says that combining the two companies would create “a Goliath far more fearsome than the latest ride at the Universal Studios theme park” that would have entirely too much control over broadband infrastructure in the United States. More →

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Time Warner Cable Data Caps

Time Warner Cable customers reject offer of cheaper service with data caps

By on March 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Time Warner Cable customers reject offer of cheaper service with data caps

Internet service provider Time Warner Cable recently made customers an offer. In exchange for a discount of roughly $60 per year on their home Internet service, subscribers could opt for a new service plan that capped their data at 30 gigabytes each billing period. While the prospect of saving money on steep monthly cable bills is certainly appealing, TWC customers have spoken loud and clear: No, we don’t want data caps. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Political Donations

Why our politicians won’t lift a finger to stop the Comcast-TWC merger

By on March 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Why our politicians won’t lift a finger to stop the Comcast-TWC merger

Lots of people hate the idea of letting Comcast and Time Warner Cable merge but don’t expect our esteemed elected officials to care. Politico documents how Comcast really does have all its bases covered in the Capitol when it comes to making campaign contributions to influential members of Congress. In fact, Politico’s examination of public records reveals that Comcast has donated money to “almost every member of Congress who has a hand in regulating it,” including “all but three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee” and “32 of the 39 members of the House Judiciary Committee.” In all, Politico says Comcast has already spent $2 million for this year’s campaign cycle after spending roughly $3.5 million in 2011 and 2012.

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Comcast TWC Merger

Two simple maps show us how Comcast is about to take over the country

By on March 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Two simple maps show us how Comcast is about to take over the country

As it stands today, Comcast is a massive service provider that controls home and business broadband offerings across a number of key markets. Following the company’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable — should it gain approval from shareholders and regulators — Comcast will control a huge majority of the broadband market in the U.S. This seems like a fairly obvious statement, but two maps created recently by an Internet marketing firm give us a great visual representation of just how much of the country Comcast will control. More →

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