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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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

The worst argument for the Comcast-TWC merger you’ll ever read

By on March 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

The worst argument for the Comcast-TWC merger you’ll ever read

If you ever want to find a skull-crushingly stupid opinion on anything, you normally need look no further than articles written by assorted Forbes contributors. And sure enough, Forbes has now published an article by one Doug Brake that argues that the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is really awesome for consumers and that the only people who are making a stink about it are a bunch of “paranoid bloggers.” More →

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Al Franken warns against Com-Warner Cable merger, citing history of broken promises

By on March 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Al Franken warns against Com-Warner Cable merger, citing history of broken promises

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) warned regulators in a letter last week that the proposed merger between cable industry giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable should be scrutinized because Comcast has “a history of breaching its legal obligations to consumers.” The letter, addressed to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, saw Franken voice serious concerns that the proposed $45 billion merger would be horrible for consumers in a number of ways. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

Comcast and TWC are now even more hated after merger announcement

By on March 3, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Comcast and TWC are now even more hated after merger announcement

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have never been beloved but the two companies’ recent decision to merge has made them disliked even more. YouGov’s BrandIndex has found that perceptions of both Comcast and Time Warner Cable have tanked even further following their merger announcement as more consumers are seemingly worried that the newly merged company will use its clout to jack up prices even more. In terms of perceived quality and whether consumers would recommend their services to others, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are now well below any other major cable provider in the United States. More →

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AT&T Customer Service Ranking

AT&T and Time Warner Cable ranked worst in customer service survey

By on February 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

AT&T and Time Warner Cable ranked worst in customer service survey

Pay TV, Internet and wireless service providers aren’t exactly America’s most beloved business categories. In fact, customers seem to love complaining about them constantly, and T-Mobile has found tremendous success by separating its practices from those of its rivals and portraying itself as the “Uncarrier.” Part of the reason people dislike wireless carriers and ISPs so much may be the difficulties they often experience when dealing with their customer care departments, and now AT&T and Time Warner Cable have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in a questionnaire asking subscribers which companies have the worst customer service in the country. More →

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Comcast-TWC Merger

DirecTV CEO says Comcast-TWC merger would be awful for consumers and competition

By on February 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

DirecTV CEO says Comcast-TWC merger would be awful for consumers and competition

Not surprisingly, we can now count DirecTV CEO Mike White among those who oppose Comcast’s proposed Time Warner Cable acquisition. During the pay TV provider’s earnings call on Thursday afternoon, White was asked to share his feelings on the merger that would see two of the country’s largest TV and Internet providers merge into a single giant. According to an account from The Wall Street Journal, White said that the deal would create “unprecedented media concentration in one company,” and the combined entity would have an “effective monopoly” in two-thirds of the United States. Dish chairman Charlie Ergen had previously said that there would be some benefits to the Comcast-TWC merger, but he expressed doubt that regulators would ever approve the deal.

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Time Warner Cable Internet Speeds Austin

This is what happens when Time Warner Cable is forced to compete

By on February 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM.

This is what happens when Time Warner Cable is forced to compete

All of the markets where Google Fiber is mulling an expansion are extra lucky: Not only could they soon have the option to sign up for Google’s super-fast fiber service but their incumbent ISP will probably step up its own game as well if Google decides to move into their territory. For further evidence, look no further than what Time Warner Cable is doing in Austin, Tex., one of the three markets where Google Fiber has been deployed so far. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

Study: Only 6% of consumers think the Comcast-TWC deal is a good idea

By on February 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Study: Only 6% of consumers think the Comcast-TWC deal is a good idea

Get ready to be knocked out of your seats, readers — consumers think a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is a bad idea. Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed earlier this month that they have reached a merger agreement that could see Comcast acquire Time Warner Cable for about $45 billion. The pay TV giants might have a few pals in high places in Washington, but they still face an uphill battle as regulators scrutinize the proposed deal. Beyond regulators, what do consumers think? Not surprisingly, a new study suggests that they don’t like the idea one bit. More →

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Comcast Netflix Throttling

Comcast insists it won’t throttle Netflix or other video companies following TWC merger

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Comcast insists it won’t throttle Netflix or other video companies following TWC merger

There are a number of fears that come to most pay TV and Internet subscribers’ minds when they think about the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger that was announced last week. Will my bill go up? Will real competition in the industry become even more rare? Will the resulting mega-ISP be ruthless and evil? Also high on the list of concerns in light of net neutrality’s death is whether or not a combined Comcast-TWC entity would use its newfound heft to throttle Netflix and other online video providers. More →

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Comcast Obama connections

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

By on February 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

Although it seems like the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger would be a nonstarter for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Comcast may have a few major tricks up its sleeve. It’s chief lobbyist, David Cohen, is apparently “great friends” with President Obama. According to The New York Times, Cohen is quite close with Obama. He has hosted multiple fundraisers for Obama, one in 2011 that raised $1.2 million and another last fall that also raised over a million dollars. And just this past Tuesday — two days before the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger was announced — Cohen was hanging out at the White House for the state dinner for French President François Hollande. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Price Increases

America’s broken home broadband market gets perfectly summed up in one quote

By on February 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

America’s broken home broadband market gets perfectly summed up in one quote

During a conference call with the press on Thursday, one reporter asked Comcast executive David Cohen whether his company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable would lead to some relief for customers who are tired of seeing their monthly bills keep going upward. Cohen’s response was refreshingly honest but also a depressing reminder of just how broken the market for home broadband services is in the United States. More →

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Comcast TWC Merger Response

What happens when two of the most hated pay TV companies say they’re merging?

By on February 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

What happens when two of the most hated pay TV companies say they’re merging?

As a blizzard hammered the east coast on Thursday morning, news of a pending deal that could see Time Warner Cable merge with Comcast hammered pay TV subscribers across the country. The two national TV, Internet and phone service providers are regularly ranked at the very bottom of the industry when it comes to subscriber satisfaction, and consumers had strong reactions when they learned the two giants intend to merge. How strong? According to one report, they likened the unholy union to the Death Star in “Star Wars” and the evil Eye of Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.” More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

Three things that could kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

By on February 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM.

Three things that could kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Are you feeling excited about the officially announced merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable? If not then you aren’t alone — there are plenty of other groups out there who aren’t keen on letting the two most hated ISPs in the United States combine to form a broadband behemoth. The Wall Street Journal has written a handy little primer of all the challenges that Comcast will face in its quest to become the supreme overlord of American Internet service providers. In short, here are three groups that could help kill off the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. More →

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