Comcast Thinks Everyone Supports Their Merger With Time Warner, Even If They Don’t

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 7:50 am

As the Comcast-FCC merger makes it way through the regulatory process numerous customers from both companies have noted the already terrible service that is being provided. Both Comcast and Time Warner have virtual monopolies in their own markets and rank worst among customer service. The outcry has been intense with few – outside the company’s payroll – really offering an argument as to why this merger is a good idea for consumers.

But that’s the real world. In Comcast’s world even the members of the public who wrote letters to the FCC opposing the merger really like the merger.


Rahm Emanuel Given $100,000 By Comcast Before Backing Merger

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 6:47 am

How much does it cost to get Rahm Emanuel to shill for your cause? Over $100,000 according to a new report in the International Business Times. Emanuel has reportedly received over $100,000 from Comcast in the course of his political career, support that was seemingly paid back in part when Emanuel signed on to support the Comcast-Time Warner merger.

Comcast ‘Call From Hell’ Was Standard Procedure According To Leaked Company Memo

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 1:13 pm

As Comcast continues its plan to merge with Time Warner Cable and create a massive telcom empire it has also been forced to deal with a viral recording of a Comcast customer service representative refusing to allow a customer to leave the service. Nicknamed the “call from hell”, the recording spoke to an experience many Comcast customers seem to have shared regarding the bullying and inappropriate behavior they receive from the firm.

Comcast Apologizes For Employee Refusing To Allow Customer To Disconnect Service

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 2:25 pm

Telcom giant Comcast already has one of the lowest customer service ratings among internet and cable providers. Now after former Endgaget editor Ryan Block posted a recording of a phone call with a Comcast customer service representative who refused to disconnect the service the reputation is secured.

FCC Site Crashes After John Oliver Segment On Net Neutrality

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 6:48 am

Yesterday the FCC public comment system crashed due to high traffic which seems to be attributable to a call from comedian John Oliver for internet trolls to visit the FCC’s website and “focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction.” That call came after a 13 minute segment on Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight” where Oliver railed against attempts to undermine Net Neutrality joking “the internet is not broken and the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that.”

FCC Tries To Have It Both Ways On Net Neutrality Rules

By: Friday May 16, 2014 11:05 am

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Tom Wheeler has put out some misleading statements claiming the FCC was respecting the goals of Net Neutrality while operationally destroying it. And now Wheeler has put forward a rule that alleges to prevent ISPs from “blocking or slowing down access to websites” while also allowing those same ISPs to charge content companies for “faster and more reliable delivery.”

Comcast PAC Gave Money to Senators Looking at Time Warner Merger

By: Friday April 11, 2014 1:28 pm

Though recent Supreme Court decisions have many focused on new avenues for money to influence American politics it is worth keeping in mind that the old avenues are pretty expansive. There is perhaps no clearer recent example of legalized bribery than the report today by Ars Technica that Comcast’s PAC gave money to every senator examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

FCC To Issue New Net Neutrality Rules But Still Refuses to Label Broadband Public Utility

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 9:34 am

After losing a court case last month at the DC Court of Appeals the Federal Communications Commission is planning to issue a new set of rules for Net Neutrality. Though the court claimed Net Neutrality rules the FCC had previously offered were illegal, it did acknowledge the FCC’s authority to regulate broadband company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Comcast To Takeover Time Warner in Quest for Monopoly as Regulators Remain Silent

By: Friday February 14, 2014 6:52 am

It was only a matter of time before one of the giant telecommunications companies went for a monopoly, we are living under corporate capitalism after all. But Comcast’s behavior has been so blatant one has to wonder how no one in the government charged with preventing monopolies has not even raised tacit objections. For now Comcast is seeking to take over Time Warner in a move that could ruin TV and the internet.

A 9/11 Takeaway: Media Consolidation in Action

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 4:45 pm

I wish sometimes that the various news divisions within these organizations still reflected the pioneers of broadcast journalism. Even as he sometimes did commercial shows, Edward R Murrow brought in depth reporting. Walter Cronkite did a few appearances in network shows and movies but maintained his credibility. NBC gave us Chet Huntley and David Brinkley then John Chancellor. I would hesitate to designate any current news anchors from these big 5 broadcast media groups as an heir to these men. Instead of a Huntley or Brinkley, we get Disco Dave Gregory and his dance party.

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