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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:09 PM
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Franken wants antitrust probe of Comcast
Source: The Hill

Comcast's announcement of a new management team for NBC Universal may have been an illegal attempt to exert control over the company before the government has completed its antitrust review, according to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

In a letter Monday to Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Christine Varney, Franken asked for an investigation.

"Comcast has every right to promote its business and this merger," wrote Franken, a former performer for NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

"It does not have the right to effect that merger absent explicit federal approval, or indirectly control or influence NBC Universal until that approval is granted. I urge you to investigate this conduct."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/130...
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:10 PM
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1. K&R...n/t
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:10 PM
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2. Good work!
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:12 PM
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3. Great idea.
K and R
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:13 PM
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4. "Assistant Attorney General "
Interesting.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 01:06 PM
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47. why is it interesting that Franken wrote to the person in charge of the merger review?
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:14 PM
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5. Go Al! Please stop this attack on consumers. nt
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:04 PM
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30. No kidding.
Edited on Mon Nov-22-10 09:04 PM by Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin
My rates are so ridiculously high I decided to forgo the premium channels.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:14 PM
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6. Go, Al!
What a great Senator he is. :)
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:19 PM
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7. Good for Al....
while he's at it, take a look at the hospital and health care systems that are merging....which will result in reduced care and bigger bonuses for the docs/hospitals.

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Still a Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:23 PM
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8. Absolutely
Recommended.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:30 PM
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9. Right. On. Nt
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:32 PM
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10. 30 Rock has done a great job of spoofing this merger.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:48 PM
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11. They've gone too far.
Too big, too much -- and that's a monopoly!
Break 'em up!
Break 'em up now!!

Before it's too late!!
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:53 PM
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12. A SENATOR WITH BALLS.....hmmm what a concept
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Moonbat2 Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 06:11 PM
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15. DEFIANTLY
That was such a gutsy move!!
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AldebTX Donating Member (739 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:53 PM
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13. But They are Comcast...
They have money....they should be allowed to do anything they want <sarcasm>
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 05:59 PM
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14. Senator Franken you are my hero!
Edited on Mon Nov-22-10 06:00 PM by Enthusiast
The rest of you losers in the senate could learn something by watching the junior senator in action.
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Iowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:10 PM
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31. Franken 2012
Al is someone I could enthusiastically support.
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 06:16 PM
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16. So???
He asked and the most frustrating thing is nothing is going to happen. These corps can do what ever they want and no one seem able to sotp them.
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:47 PM
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22. Would you rather no one speak up?
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:27 PM
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28. The DoJ could dissolve them tomorrow if they wanted to
That's if the admin was on the side of Franken & the people of the US
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 01:16 PM
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48. actually, they couldn't
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pgodbold Donating Member (953 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:08 PM
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17. K&R...n/t
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:26 PM
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18. I just love him
A world-class sense of humor, obviously, and intelligence out the wazoo. He's so great.

:loveya:
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laughingliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:38 PM
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19. Yay, Al!
:bounce:
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:45 PM
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20. Where the HELL are
the rest of OUR senators on things like this??? OH - THAT'S RIGHT.... They've been bought and paid for. :grr:
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Ruby the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:46 PM
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21. I love this man. Thank you, Minnesota!!
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harvey007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:49 PM
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23. Minnesota should be proud
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 12:01 PM
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44. So am I.
We're going through the recount thing again with our governor's race. The MNGOP is trying to sue the state to delay the recount.

"Wahhhh! We're were robbed with Franken, we won't let it happen again. Waaaahhh!!!" Sore fucking losers.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 07:56 PM
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24. while we're at it, how about an investigation of Aetna for
doubling premiums for acne, which was already treated and resolved. (It happened to me).

Thank you, Al! :applause:
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:02 PM
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25. PLEASE ....!!! Comcast makes $500 million+ a year from internet pornography...!!!
Is this really the company who should be taking over NBC?

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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 01:05 PM
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46. Good to know that Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have supporters on DU
Edited on Tue Nov-23-10 01:05 PM by onenote
There are many good reasons to be concerned about the NBC/Comcast deal. The fact that Comcast offers its subscribers adult programming is not one of them.
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CLANG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:04 PM
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26. Never hurts to ask!!
:rofl: Way to go Al!!!
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sharesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:24 PM
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27. The amount of self-promotion on the Comcast systems is just unreal.
Any unbought ad time is automatically filled with a Comcast commercial.

How about a lottery for small business and start-ups to get that ad time at a dirt cheap rate?

Doesn't Comcast owe anything to the community it "serves?" How about doing something to help the economy? Why hog that time for yourself??
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LawnKorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 05:46 AM
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40. 'Community it "serves" ' - Now that is rich
Several years ago Comcast dumped its USENET service because of lack of use. I used to frequent certain groups on USENET, and I liked having dedicated access through my ISP. Now if I wanted the same level of service, I would have to pay extra for it.

"Community it serves" HaHaHaHAHA
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 08:57 PM
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29. Oh come on Al
Why are you so anti-business?
:sarcasm:
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LuckyLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:11 PM
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32. Comcast is one of the great predatory corporate entities -- their next "frontier"
is the elderly. (They already have college students and middle America.) I have seen them confuse and confound the elderly with respect to "bundling" for telephone, internet, cable, and then charging outrageous "set up" fees. This company is needs to be investigated BIG TIME.
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66 dmhlt Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:14 PM
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33. Apollo 13/Franken Redux: "FCC ... We Have a Problem"
"When the same company owns the programming and runs the pipes that bring us the programming, we have a problem."


Source:
http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/comcast-vs-fcc-or-how-...
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:23 PM
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34. Oh please please please screw Comcast into the ground
I should write book on my experiences with Comcast

"Squirres" "static" and our handy repair waiting on hold because he has to call into the same phone number that we have to call in to--BTW there is always an outage in Altoona Pa....always.

Uh oh IT SNOWED! no service please enjoy SpongeBob while we don't fix the error.
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 09:42 PM
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35. K/R.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 11:00 PM
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36. Well, Franken USED to work for NBC, on "Saturday Night Live".
I find it great that he's standing up to corporate greed, even if it involves his former employer.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 03:21 AM
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39. Yes, that's it! Al's bitter because he didn't get the news desk skit!!
LoL

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 12:40 AM
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37. Merger should NOT happen and big media ownership should be broken up.
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SleeplessinSoCal Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 12:40 AM
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38. Al's my favorite "WiseAss" (as he called himself way back in 95)
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 09:48 AM
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41. K&R
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 10:36 AM
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42. How I love Al Franken!
And he even knows the correct usage of the word, "effect". :)


So many comedians seem to be brilliant and active in caring about making this world better...interesting.

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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 11:11 AM
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43. K&R n/t
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 12:28 PM
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45. Way to go, Al! Monopolies are not good for democracy!
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 02:00 PM
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49. K&R n/t
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-23-10 02:28 PM
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50. Great! I love it, but it won't happen.
Comcast has too much cash and Senators are greedy fucking pigs.

But, thanks for getting in there Al. I love it.
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