Remember back in late May when we told you about the Internet Health Test? The simple test analyzed users’ Internet connections from end to end, and it aimed to determine whether or not Internet service providers might be violating the Federal Communication Commission’s new net neutrality rules by intentionally slowing data connections.
This week, the group behind the Internet Health Test has released the results of a study that analyzed tests performed by more than 300,000 Internet users, and it appears as though the test has served its purpose: Five major ISPs in the United States have been accused of deliberately slowing data from popular websites in dozens of cities across the country. More →
Although cable companies have a terrible reputation among pretty much everyone, they normally do try to behave better for customers who have high media profiles. Even this has proven to be too much for Time Warner Cable to handle, however, because its poor customer service has now sparked an epic Twitter rant from Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost. More →
The Federal Communications Commission’s new consumer-friendly net neutrality rules just took effect last week, and it looks like our first big lawsuit is already on the verge of being filed. That’s not surprising at all. What is surprising, perhaps, is that the target of the lawsuit isn’t Comcast or Verizon.
If we only gave you one try to guess which two nationwide pay TV and Internet service providers are the most hated in the country when it comes to customers satisfaction, we would wager that almost all of our readers would nail it on the first try. That’s right, among all pay TV companies in the country, the two that received the lowest customer satisfaction ratings in Consumer Reports’ latest poll are indeed the usual suspects. More →
Good news for Time Warner Cable shareholders — it looks like you’re about to get a better deal than the one Comcast was offering. Bloomberg reports that Charter is very close to announcing a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable for roughly $55 billion ($195 per share), a significant premium over the $45 billion deal that Comcast proposed to buy TWC last year. At the close of trading last week, TWC had a market cap of $48.5 billion. More →
The Federal Communications Commission surprised us all earlier this year when it put forth new net neutrality guidelines that were hugely pro-consumer. Yes, there may be a loophole or two. And yes, some internet service providers are already looking for different ways to hurt subscribers that don’t violate net neutrality. In the current climate, however, we’re not sure a more favorable set of rules could have been crafted by the FCC and its former cable lobbyist boss, Tom Wheeler.
Of course, creating better net neutrality guidelines is one thing — but policing ISPs and ensuring they adhere to the new rules is an entirely different can of worms. More →
This will be heartbreaking for many of you to hear, but it seems that Comcast and Time Warner Cable spent a total of $32 million lobbying the government to sign off on their merger and they still didn’t get what they wanted. In a big Politico report called “Collapse of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger shows limits of lobbying,” we learn that Comcast and TWC pulled out all the stops to get their merger approved but that it still wasn’t enough. More →
After months of back-and-forth regarding the fate of the Comcast-TWC merger, regulators finally quashed the deal once and for all this week. Per Bloomberg, the announcement was expected to come as early as Friday morning, which it has in the form of two statements from Comcast and Time Warner Cable. More →
Is there anything Comcast could do at this point to save its controversial proposed merger with Time Warner Cable? According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the answer is “no.” Although Comcast is set to have an exclusive meeting with U.S. regulatory officials on Wednesday to offer concessions in a last-minute bid to saving the deal, the Journal’s sources say that it’s unlikely Comcast can offer anything that will make either the Department of Justice or the Federal Communications Commission warm to the proposed deal. More →