Edinburgh Some things are certain today. It will rain in Scotland, and Comcast will continue to quickly exercise monopoly power over the internet, almost making a mockery of the recently proposed “new” rules by the FCC to curb exactly these kinds of abuses. Comcast and Netflix came to an agreement for Netflix to pay them [...]
New Orleans Comcast has announced a $45 billion and change merger to acquire Times Warner Cable in a ruthless effort to consolidate the cable industry. They would put their leading 21.6 million customers with Times Warner’s 11.4 customers. They claim this is not an anti-trust problem because they don’t overlap with Times Warner in any zipcode [...]
New Orleans Simple fact: the Justice department cannot allow Comcast to buy Times-Warner cable operations. No way, no how! In fact given the level of untrammeled, anti-competitive monopoly already rampant in the cable industry, which is directly responsible for both widening the internet divide and slowing down internet speeds to globally uncompetitive and exorbitantly [...]
New Orleans In Congressional hearings vetting the President’s nominee, Tom Wheeler, as the new Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) there seems to be little hope that we will get the progress needed in creating national standards for higher speed internet connections or a reduction of the digital divide. Wheeler was quoted yesterday stating [...]
New Orleans When it comes to creating some form of internet equity so that lower income families have access to the internet and can overcome the digital divide, everyone “gets” it, but no one wants to do what it takes to make it happen.
President Obama on his way to meet the Chinese Premier [...]
New Orleans Remember the poor…low and moderate income families who will always be with us? Well, more evidence keeps piling up that when it comes to internet access and a lifeline to the 21st Century, the “volunteer” efforts by the big cable companies are continuing to make the FCC’s claims of lowering the digital [...]