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Tue May 27, 2014, 06:50 AM

A Cable Merger Too Far

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 26, 2014

There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

The combined company would provide cable-TV service to nearly 30 percent of American homes and high-speed Internet service to nearly 40 percent. Even without this merger and the proposed AT&T-DirecTV deal, the telecommunications industry has limited competition, especially in the critical market for high-speed Internet service, or broadband, where consumer choice usually means picking between the local cable or phone company.

By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies like Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network. Netflix, a dominant player in video streaming, has already signed such an agreement with the company. This could put start-ups and smaller companies without deep pockets at a competitive disadvantage.

There are also worries that a bigger Comcast would have more power to refuse to carry channels that compete with programming owned by NBC Universal, which it owns. Comcast executives say that they would not favor content the company controls at the expense of other media businesses.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/opinion/a-cable-merger-too-far.html?emc=edit_th_20140527&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=45299538&_r=0


Speaking of gatekeepers, Time Warner is cutting 6 more channels from our lineup this week while raising our prices. They are trying to force everyone to "rent" their ugly fucking digital box to sit on top of your entertainment center. CSpan is one of those cut which surprised me, because I thought that was like the religious and shopping channels that they were compelled to carry.

We are getting fucked by TWC, I can't wait to see what kind of screwing a much larger Comcast would give us.


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liberal N proud May 2014 OP
SamKnause May 2014 #1
Armstead May 2014 #2
liberal N proud May 2014 #4
Armstead May 2014 #6
liberal N proud May 2014 #7
Lee-Lee May 2014 #3
Armstead May 2014 #5

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue May 27, 2014, 06:57 AM

1. You can thank our corrupt government.

It is apparent they LOVE monopolies !!!!

You can thank our corporate worshiping "Supreme Court".

None of these decisions have an effect on them.

They have very fat wallets and very full purses.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue May 27, 2014, 07:33 AM

2. Just curious

Which six networks are they cutting? I have TW and it s like pulling teeth to get them to carry Al Jazerah.

Important post overall. They will also become "gatekeepers" of the Internet if Obam and Congress allow all of the current plans to hijack it proceed.

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Response to Armstead (Reply #2)

Tue May 27, 2014, 07:40 AM

4. ION, CSPAN, GOLF, WGN, Community Access (local schools) and one other

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #4)

Tue May 27, 2014, 07:43 AM

6. CSPAN and local acces? They are getting away with that?

Jeezus

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Response to Armstead (Reply #6)

Tue May 27, 2014, 08:44 AM

7. That is what I thought when I read the letter and then...

when you turn to those channels, they have graphics telling you if you want to get these channels back, you have to pay the ransom.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue May 27, 2014, 07:36 AM

3. Heck, they already have monopolies

I have never lived anywhere that have me a choice of cable providers.

It is always you get whatever company, or you get nothing.

In reality consumers haven't had a choice since cable came out. Not when your only way to get service from another company is to move.

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Response to Lee-Lee (Reply #3)

Tue May 27, 2014, 07:41 AM

5. The more control they get over more sources choice is lost

The problem is lager than whether you can get more than one cable system in a location.

If Comcast owns the cable monopolies in more places -- PLUS THEY GET THEIR HANDS ON TW OWNED NETWORKS COMBINED WITH THEIR OWN --they essently build their monopoly over programming too. Plus they hv more clout to extort and shut out otehr content providers.

PLUS if Comcast gets their hands on more of the choices for delivery -- Internet broadband -- thej you get less choice of the "pipes" that bring you content.

"Want to cut our cable cord and view online content instead? Tough shit we own that too."

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