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Why the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Is Dead

Discussion in 'Technical' started by stg58, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    The previous post on the FCC regulating the Internet under title 2 was the final straw.

    Why the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Is Dead - Bloomberg View
    The Federal Communications Commission has decided to regulate broadband service like a utility and enforce, to some degree, equal access to the Internet -- a concept known as "net neutrality."

    Cue everyone to go crazy over this. By "everyone," I mean: consumers, Internet access providers, content creators, web-dependent startups, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, your neighbor, and, of course, giant telcos, cable companies and much of Corporate America.

    As we wait for the details of the FCC plan to sort themselves out -- a process that will involve a lot of lawsuits and a lot of time -- one of the first companies to feel the impact will be Comcast.
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  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja Jedi Bipolar WINNING M.L.F.

    So why is the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal doomed? Even before the FCC decided to change how it regulates broadband service providers, the commission redefined what qualifies as a high-speed Internet connection -- from 4 megabits per second to at least 25 megabits per second for downloads. Here’s the significance of the new definition: If speeds don't hit that benchmark, an Internet service provider isn't allowed to call the connection "broadband." (The average connection speed in the U.S. is about 10 megabits per second.)

    This merger should NEVER be allowed. Vertical integration for internet providers leads ONLY higher rates and less investment in infrastructure. Content companies should also be force-separated from tv service providers....the exact same way Investment Banks should be separate from Commercial banks....
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  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    Together they will sink faster than they will separately. Cable is going the way of a Cortelco phone hooked up to a land line. Cable is being replaced by fiber and you can pretty much stream what you want for a fraction of the $240 Comcast wants per month for HD cable, a base Internet connection and a VoIP phone line.
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