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  • Feds probe whether Comcast restricted online video

    03/02/2015 8:38:32 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/02/2015 | Julian Hattem
    Federal regulators overseeing Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable want to know if the cable giants put limits on companies’ streaming video options.In letters last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked eight major programmers including Walt Disney Co., Viacom and CBS whether or not the companies placed any “restrictions or limitations” on their ability to distribute TV shows over the Internet. ADVERTISEMENT According to Bloomberg, the Justice Department — which is also charged with reviewing the $45 billion merger proposal — is doing its own investigation into whether the merger would hurt competition for online video. While the FCC has...
  • Bryon Allen: Sharpton Is 'Black Pawn' For 'White Masters,' Obama Is 'Bought And Paid For' [Video]

    03/01/2015 9:53:04 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/01/2015 | Alex Griswold
    Legendary TV talk show host Byron Allen went on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday to discuss his ongoing racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast and Al Sharpton.He called Sharpton a “black pawn” perpetuating “financial genocide” on the black community, and bashed President Barack Obama for protecting donors that discriminate against blacks. ALLEN: Al Sharpton is not important. He’s nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game. He’s being used by his white masters at Comcast and AT&T. He just needs to shut up and get in the bleachers. What we have to do is get the...
  • Lawsuit Plaintiff Byron Allen: Comcast Uses 'Least Expensive Negro' Al Sharpton

    02/28/2015 4:10:22 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 30 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 28, 2015 | Rahel Gebreyes
    Allen also said media companies add insult to injury by throwing money at Sharpton, "the least expensive negro," to "cover" up their track record of "blatant" discrimination. "Instead of spending real money with real, 100 percent African American-owned media, it is easier to give [Sharpton] $50,000 to give them a cover," he said.
  • There’s already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality (FCC wants to regulate )

    02/27/2015 6:00:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    washington Post ^ | February 27 at 6:30 AM | By Brian Fung
    <p>Why won't they release the rules?!?!</p> <p>It's been less than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the leading question coming from its critics.</p> <p>Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post  have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.</p>
  • Black Media Exec: Obama Uses Sharpton to 'Control the Negroes'

    02/26/2015 10:27:20 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 26, 2015 | Bradford Thomas
    Entertainment Studios CEO and former TV talk show host Byron Allen tore into Al Sharpton, President Obama, and Comcast for their manipulation of African Americans for their own political and financial purposes. “Al Sharpton is nothing more than a black pawn in a very sophisticated white economic chess game,” Allen said. “He’s not even bright enough to know he’s on the chess board and he’s being used by his white masters at Comcast…” Allen’s comments came in a discussion with The Daily Caller about the $20 billion lawsuit filed this week against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, the NAACP, the Urban...
  • Get this: Al Sharpton and Comcast hit with $20 billion lawsuit… alleging racial discrimination

    02/23/2015 3:01:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Bad news, everyone. According to reports and rumors, MSNBC’s Red Wedding is only growing bloodier. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC program Politics Nation, on the air since 2011, is headed for the chopping block. For now, that’s just a rumor, but the confirmed details of a lawsuit targeting both Sharpton and his employer are far more troubling for both than merely the floundering ratings of the cable host slash political activist. A lawsuit targeting Comcast and Sharpton last week, filed by the National Association of African-American Owned Media, alleges that both parties engaged in systematic discrimination against black-owned media outlets. This...
  • Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

    02/23/2015 10:09:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 23. 2015 | Eriq Gardner
    The National Association of African-American Owned Media alleges that Sharpton and other advocates have been bought off. Even though the FCC hasn't yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, one group has already filed a lawsuit claiming at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media. The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December. This time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC on...
  • Brian Williams Tried, Failed To Secure Promise To Return To The Nightly News in 6 Months

    02/12/2015 2:41:49 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2015 | AVID MCCORMACK
    Full Title:Brian Williams Tried and Failed to Secure a Promise That He Would Definitely Return to the Nightly News in Six Months, Claim NBC Insiders Williams failed to receive any assurance from bosses that he will be able to walk back into his old job when his six month suspension is done Anchor has so far failed to comment but may now attempt to negotiate a settlement deal to leave NBC rather than wait til August Williams had favored a short suspension that would allow him to maintain his position as managing editor 'That was never going to happen,' said...
  • Comcast allegedly changes name on another customer's bill to a profanity

    02/07/2015 12:55:29 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 35 replies
    FOX news ^ | February 07, 2015 | FOX news
    The cable giant Comcast may have done it again--addressing a bill to a disgruntled subscriber with a profanity. A few weeks ago Comcast apologized for sending a bill to Washington state customer Ricardo Brown that was addressed, "A--hole Brown." The offending bill showed up in his mailbox after his wife had called to cancel their cable service. Now Mary Bauer is telling the Chicago Tribune that her most recent Comcast bill--which she just got the other day--was addressed to "Super B----h Bauer." "I did not open it up, because I'm not a Super B----h,’ Bauer told the paper Friday. "Mail...
  • Southwest Airlines, Comcast, Office Depot Sponsor Homosexual...Conference Featuring ‘Gay Jesus'

    02/06/2015 12:37:53 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 57 replies
    Americans for Truth ^ | 2-6-15 | Peter LaBarbera
    Southwest Airlines is among the major corporate sponsors of the 2015 “Creating Change” conference, an annual event drawing thousands of homosexual, bisexual, transgender, “queer” and “kink” (sadomasochistic) activists from across the country. The massive gathering of LGBTQueer activists opens today in Denver and includes a screening of a documentary film celebrating a “gay”-authored play casting “Jesus” as a homosexual. The documentary, “Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption,” celebrates the 1998 play “Corpus Christi,” by homosexual playwright Terrence McNally, in which “Joshua,” representing Jesus Christ, is cast as a homosexual who as a teenager had homosexual sex with Judas (who later becomes...
  • Your opinions about Comcast? (vanity)

    02/06/2015 7:20:01 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 64 replies
    Feb. 6, 2015 | me
    Comcast is now offering in my area a triple-play package (TV, phone, and Internet) that is much cheaper than what I'm paying now with Verizon. No contracts either. But I've heard many bad things about Comcast. Is that all in the past, or is Comcast still a mess? Your thoughts, please.
  • MSNBC suffers lowest ratings in a decade

    02/04/2015 6:55:07 PM PST · by george76 · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/15 | DYLAN BYERS
    MSNBC registered its lowest full-day rating in nearly a decade on Tuesday, a devastatingly low benchmark that shows just how severe the network's decline has become. The liberal cable news network drew an average of 55,000 viewers in the all-important 25-to-54 year-old demo on Tuesday, its lowest full-day rating since July 2005, according to Nielsen ratings provided by an industry source. CNN had nearly three times as many viewers in the demo; Fox News nearly five times as many. That low reflects a more general decline in recent years.
  • More customers report Comcast is changing their names on bills

    01/31/2015 3:26:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2015, 9:24 PM | CBS News
    [VIDEO] After a Comcast employee changed a customer's first name to "A**hole," more customers are now coming forward with similar stories, including one whose bills were addressed to "Whore Julia."
  • Comcast apologizes for changing customer's billing name to profanity

    01/29/2015 10:38:49 AM PST · by Loyalist · 47 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Hancock
    You know they may be thinking it about you, when you're arguing with a customer service representative. But it's a stretch when you actually see it in writing: "A**hole". That's what happened to a Spokane, Washington couple after they sparred about their bill with a customer service representative from Comcast. When Ricardo and Lisa Brown got their monthly service bill, the husband's name had been changed from Ricardo Brown to "A**hole Brown."
  • What I’ve Learned From Dropping Fox News

    01/07/2015 5:52:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/07/2015 | By Greg Scandlen
    I switched to Dish from Comcast about three months ago. Dumb. I was hoping to save some money and don’t care for Comcast’s politics. I knew satellites have some reception problems during storms, but was willing to live with that. I had no idea they would drop the only channel worth watching on television. Now, I don’t like everything about Fox. Sean Hannity is too strident for my tastes, and Bill O’Reilly is a blowhard bully, but I’m less interested in the prime-time programming than in the daytime news, now that I’m retired and at home most days. Of course,...
  • MSNBC Closes 2014 In Last Place, Hemorrhaging Viewers

    01/01/2015 3:05:30 PM PST · by george76 · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Dec 2014 | John Nolte
    How bad was 2014 for MSNBC? So bad, the left-wing cable news network lost the 2014 ratings war to CNN. Yes, that CNN. According to Deadline, MSNBC is hemorrhaging viewers, especially in the all-important news demo (viewers aged 25-54): ... For the 13th consecutive year, Fox News annihilated its left-wing counterparts at CNN and MSNBC. In total viewers, Fox beat MSNBC and CNN combined.
  • Comcast says I need a new Docsis 3.0 modem in January 2015. .....But I am skeptical (vanity)

    12/29/2014 2:00:12 PM PST · by dennisw · 34 replies
    Dec 2014 | self
    Freeper tech gurus I have a Motorola surfboard that has served me well for 8 years. It is probably Docsis 2.0...... I am topping out at 30 mbps which is good enough. Some internet reports say I can double this speed with a newer Docsis 3.0 modem I get phone calls from Comcast saying I will need this newer type modem or will have trouble with reception due to them upgrading where I am to a docsis 3.0 system. So I need the compatible modem Do I really need the newer 3.0 modem? THANKS!
  • Time for Comcast-NBC to Fire Al Sharpton

    12/27/2014 3:27:08 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 27, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    MEMO TO: Comcast/NBC Universal Happy New Year. Now do yourself and your company a favor and fire the man identified by Mediaite as ..really…””the most powerful man in America.” Who would that be, as described here, exactly? “Outside of the president, Al Sharpton might possibly be the most powerful man in America right now.” - “So if the ratings are bad and the delivery even worse, why and how does Sharpton still have a program on the air? Answer: Because Comcast and NBC — and this is just an educated guess — must be petrified to fire him (by, yes,...
  • Ugly Behind the Scenes Turmoil at Meet The Press Revealed

    12/22/2014 11:37:22 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 22, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Shield your eyes! Read no further!  The Washingtonian magazine has revealed some really ugly behind the scenes turmoil and backstabbings that accompained the departure of David Gregory from Meet The Press last summer. The revelations could be too much of a shock for some of you to endure. If the shock doesn't terminate you, suffocation from uncontrollable laughing at NBC's absurd antics could finish you off. If you dare to read on, you will find out that Chuck Todd was hardly a modest shrinking violet when it came to replacing David Gregory. In fact, he had been clawing for that...
  • Comcast Hotspot Lawsuit Claims WiFi Expansion Piggybacks on Signals From Customer Routers

    12/10/2014 6:54:05 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Clyde Hughes
    Comcast's attempt to expand WiFi hotspots around the country has been met with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by customers who claim the cable giant is trying to use their wireless routers to let others access the Internet. According to the Courthouse News Service, the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by lead plaintiff Toyer Grear and it charges that Comcast gave unsuspecting customers across the country routers that would broadcast secondary signals allowing others to connect with the Internet without the customer's approval. ... The suit claims Comcast hoped to piggyback off its customers so it...
  • Report: Al Sharpton owes $4.5 million in unpaid taxes

    11/19/2014 9:51:40 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/19/14 | Ashley Killough
    Civil rights leader and MSNBC host Al Sharpton and his for-profit business owe more than $4.5 million in current state and federal taxes, according to a New York Times report out Tuesday. His tax liabilities come despite making a hefty salary, and he and his nonprofit advocacy organization, National Action Network, have been missing payments to hotels, landlords and travel agencies, the report says.
  • FCC chair distances himself from Obama on Net Neutrality (NOT Blindly Following Orders)

    11/12/2014 11:46:17 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    That would be the Democratic, Barack Obama-appointed FCC chair, who spent yesterday backpedaling from his boss on a major policy announcement. Obama went so far as to push out a video demanding unilateral action from the FCC on Net Neutrality, the latest White House distraction from the disastrous midterm elections and an attempt to show that Obama is still relevant: “As long as I’m President,” Obama says into the camera after cheesy, 1996-style buffering graphics, “that’s what I’ll be fighting for, too.” He may be fighting for it, but Obama clearly isn’t managing for it very well. Within hours of this...
  • Cable stocks fall after Obama backs Net Neutrality

    11/10/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 6:01 PM EST | Ken Sweet
    Cable company stocks fell sharply Monday after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify Internet access as a utility. If the FCC were to approve the White House’s recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an “explicit ban” on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster, a potential new source of revenue for cable companies. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama’s statement could put political pressure on FCC commissioners...
  • Comcast Settles Overcharging Cable Subscribers Suit

    10/29/2014 12:13:37 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | October 29, 2014 | Reuters
    Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case.
  • A Man Says Comcast Called His Boss And Got Him Fired After He Complained About Its Service

    10/07/2014 6:56:42 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 66 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/7/14 | Yahoo
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images A man says Comcast contacted his employer and got him fired after he called to complain about the company's service. The Consumerist reports that a man known as Conal complained to Comcast after he was billed for services he didn't actually have. After Conal's complaint, the company promised him extra television channels as a make-good but instead sent him a variety of equipment he didn't need. Conal complained to Comcast again after he was billed $1,820 for the surplus hardware. This is where things get interesting. Conal, who says he works for a large American accountancy firm,...
  • Comcast is trying to fix its customer service problems (again)

    09/26/2014 6:20:07 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 26, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT | Tom Huddleston, Jr.
    The company’s cable division has appointed a new executive in charge of the “customer experience.” After years of customer service complaints, Comcast said Friday it is appointing a new executive to fix the problem.
  • Comcast and Time Warner fund event for regulator while seeking merger approval [Cronyism!]

    08/13/2014 9:09:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/14 | Josh Hicks
    Comcast and Time Warner Cable are spending more than $130,000 on a dinner to honor one of the federal regulators who will rule on their controversial merger plan, according to records of the companies’ contributions. The fundraising event for the Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor Federal Communications Commission panel member Mignon Clyburn as an advocate for diversity.
  • Man records nightmarish attempt to cancel cable, Comcast apologizes

    07/15/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 56 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 15 2014 | Neal Augenstein
    Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult -- breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible. Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone. Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud. The representative, whose name Block withheld, repeatedly demanded to know why Block would want to cancel the service. Block tells WTOP he and his wife told the representative they wanted to change providers, before...
  • Verizon DSL Price Hike [versus Comcast]

    07/04/2014 12:55:05 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    Like the poster at the link, I am currently a Verizon Phone/DSL customer in Massachusetts and just received an email from Verizon stating that they will be raising my bill by $3/month, which already costs 76.00 with taxes, as we currently pay $59.99 for Verizon Freedom Essentials (unlimited nationwide + Canada and PR calling) and "High Speed Internet Enhanced" (approx. 6.50 Mbps speed at my location). No TV is included or needed. However, after i moved less than a 1/2 mile from where I was my Internet speed was approx. cut in half, from around 12 mbps to approx. 6,50....
  • Comcast Is Testing A Program That Will Charge You Extra If You Use Too Much Data (Here it comes)

    06/18/2014 11:42:13 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 169 replies
    Busness Insider ^ | 6/17/2014 | Busness Insider
    Comcast is testing data caps for its broadband internet customers that would limit them to 300 GB of data per month, according to The Times Leader. Comcast has started open trials of its home broadband data caps in several large markets around the country. Here are all the regions affected: Mobile, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama Tuscon, Arizona Atlanta, Georgia Augusta, Georgia Savannah, Georgia Jackson, Mississippi Charleston, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee All of central Kentucky The entire state of Maine
  • NBC Paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 to Do Nothing, Basically

    06/14/2014 7:12:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/13/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    Former first child (now with child) Chelsea Clinton had a $600,000 annual contract at NBC News, Politico reports, where she served as a "special correspondent" and was deemed to be mostly useless, if not "one of the most boring people of her era." That deal is over now, but Clinton is still being paid by the network (which has also hired Luke Russert, Meghan McCain, and Jenna Bush ... ) on a month-to-month basis, with complicating factors including her pregnancy and the good odds her mother is running for president. -snip- That work included little of note, either journalistically or...
  • Chelsea Clinton paid $600K by NBC

    06/13/2014 7:13:53 AM PDT · by maggief · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | June 13, 2014 | DYLAN BYERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year, sources with knowledge of the agreement told POLITICO. Clinton, who joined NBC News as a “special correspondent” in November 2011, was up for renewal or non-renewal this year. Instead, the sources said, the network decided to keep her on the payroll on a month-to-month basis so that the two parties could sever ties if Clinton’s mother, Hillary, runs for president.
  • Everybody hates Comcast and TWC — and this massive survey now proves it

    05/26/2014 8:28:39 AM PDT · by null and void · 49 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 05/21/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Cable providers rank worst in customer satisfaction According to the latest survey by American Customer Satisfaction Index, by far the biggest (and often most accurate) study in the country, cable providers Comcast and Time Warner Cable have the lowest customer satisfaction ratings of all companies . . . in all industries . . . in all of America. And that’s not even the bad news: Comcast and Time Warner Cable were the only two companies to score below a 60 on the ACSI’s 100-point scale. They’re lower than perennial customer satisfaction basement dwellers United Airlines, Bank of America, Sprint, Aetna...
  • Comcast vs. Netflix: Is this really about Net neutrality?

    05/15/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 20 replies
    cnet.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Marguerite Reardon
    If you noticed more buffering and sputtering when streaming video from Netflix a few months ago, you weren't alone. But who was really to blame? Your broadband provider or Netflix? Netflix, which earlier this year reluctantly agreed to pay interconnection fees to broadband providers, has suggested that Comcast is to blame because it's violating principles of Net neutrality, which are all about keeping the Internet free and open. Comcast has vigorously denied these assertions. Still, questions remain and confusion abounds over how the two ideas are linked or whether they should be linked at all. The confusion deepened with statements...
  • Five US Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Access Until They Get More Cash

    05/06/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Popular Resistance ^ | May 6, 2014 | Timothy B. Lee
    If you’re the customer of a major American internet provider, you might have been noticing it’s not very reliable lately. If so, there’s a pretty good chance that a graph like this is the reason:These graphs comes from Level 3, one of the world’s largest providers of “transit,” or long-distance internet connectivity. The graph on the left shows the level of congestion between Level 3 and a large American ISP in the Dallas area. In the middle of the night, the connection is less than half-full and everything works fine. But during peak hours, the connection is saturated. That produces...
  • MSNBC apologizes for Cinco de Mayo segment

    05/06/2014 11:54:53 AM PDT · by don-o · 84 replies
    AP ^ | May 6, 2014
    NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC is apologizing for a Cinco de Mayo segment that featured a staff member onscreen wearing a sombrero, shaking maracas and taking a swig from a bottle of tequila.
  • The Case Against ISP Tolls (Netflix vs Comcast)

    04/25/2014 6:43:52 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Netflix ^ | 4/24/2014 | Netflix
    As the person at Netflix responsible for content delivery, I spend a lot of time thinking about Netflix’s Open Connect CDN and its interconnection with ISPs. We are proud of the performance we’ve achieved through our hundreds of Open Connect partners around the globe. In fact, Netflix has a mutually beneficial relationship with nearly every ISP in every market where we provide service. But this is less the case for the largest ISP in the U.S., Comcast, which is trying to become even larger by acquiring Time Warner Cable. Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct interconnection to reverse an...
  • Why people hate NBC’s David Gregory

    04/24/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/23/14 | Michelle Malkin
    I’ve always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree. -snip- His boorish behavior around DC is legendary, from his juvenile tantrums with the Bush press staff to his drunken radio appearances to his diva snit fits with innocent bystanders while filming news segments. One of the most telling and notorious anecdotes involves Russert himself, who reportedly reprimanded Gregory in 2008 for going ballistic on a poor waitress while the two TV stars dined at a DC restaurant. But “Gregory...
  • How Obama's Justice Department Selectively Blocks Mergers By Republican CEOs

    04/14/2014 10:02:50 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/14/2014 | Kerri Toloczko
    Like all mergers, the proposed $45.2 billion Comcast CMCSA +1.67% merger with Time Warner Cable TWC +1.3%—the largest and second largest cable providers in the nation—has its advocates and critics. There are certainly important questions about what impact the merger would have on consumers—but there are equally significant issues associated with the highly politicized approval process. The Obama Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, must review the merger and decide whether to approve or block it. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Justice Department have a long track record of pushing the rule of law aside and making decisions based...
  • Sharpton turned mob rat to dodge drug sting: report

    04/10/2014 6:53:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/9/14 | Kevin Fasick, Bruce Golding and Geoff Earle
    The Rev. Al Sharpton may claim he wore a wire for the feds because he had been threatened by the mob — but a new report says he turned rat to save himself after a federal drug sting. The FBI “flipped” the bombastic reverend after agents confronted him with a surveillance video showing him discussing cocaine with an ­undercover agent, The Smoking Gun Web site said Wednesday. During that March 1983 conversation, Sharpton wore a cowboy-like hat that was garish by even the rabble-rousing preacher’s 1980s standards. He later showed up at a Manhattan apartment for another meeting that June...
  • Yes, I Hate the Cable Company Too

    04/09/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | John Ransom
    Heavyweight conservatives and banterweight conservatives are lining up on both sides the Comcast/Time Warner merger. The heavyweights, which include Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Duane Parde at the National Taxpayers Union, have penned a letter to influential Senators including Mike Lee, Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz, urging them to look past the politics and approve the merger between the two cable giants on traditional grounds—you know, the grounds under which the anti-trust laws were written and passed in the first place? “As advocates for a free market,” the heavyweights write,...
  • Comcast Named America's Worst Company in Annual Consumerist Poll

    04/08/2014 10:34:15 AM PDT · by lbryce · 32 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 8, 2014 | Chris Welch
    Comcast has been named the worst company in America. The largest US cable provider "won" Consumerist's annual poll on the very same day it tried to convince the FCC that a proposed Time Warner Cable acquisition is in everyone's best interest. It's the second time Comcast has been awarded the unwanted label by Consumerist voters. Video game publisher Electronic Arts earned the "worst company" designation in 2012 and 2013 but lost out early this year when it was knocked out of the running by Time Warner Cable. Comcast was pitted against Monsanto, the oft-criticized chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, in...
  • Al Sharpton's Secret Work As FBI Informant

    04/07/2014 10:31:09 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 96 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 7 Apr 2014
    APRIL 7--When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant. That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians...
  • Comcast Time Warner Deal Looks More Like Democratic Marriage

    04/06/2014 12:08:24 AM PDT · by paltz · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/5/14 | Kerry Picket
    Amid assurances from some republicans, conservatives, and libertarians in Washington that the $45 billion Comcast - Time Warner merger is nothing to fear, The Washington Free Beacon's Michael Continetti reveals the deep ties Comcast CEO Brian Roberts as well as Time Warner has with the Democratic Party:
  • Reid Chief of Staff Was a Comcast VP

    04/05/2014 7:37:23 AM PDT · by cutty · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 4, 2014
    Democratic members of Congress and the Obama administration have extensive ties to Comcast and Time-Warner, the two cable giants currently awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission on a $45 billion merger. One that has gone mostly overlooked: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) chief of staff, David Krone, is Comcast’s former senior vice president for corporate affairs. Krone moved from Comcast to Reid’s office in 2011 under ethically questionable circumstances,
  • Ready to Smirk: How Comcast bought the Democratic Party

    04/05/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT · by cutty · 44 replies
    Washington Free Beacon. ^ | April 4, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists, spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’ executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for...
  • Report: Dish, DirecTV Discuss Possible Merger

    03/27/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | Matt Egan
    In response to Comcast’s (CMCSA) $45 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dish Network (DISH) has reportedly sent feelers out to rival DirecTV (DTV) about a possible combination of the two satellite television companies. The potential tie-up would marry the two largest U.S. satellite TV operators, creating a juggernaut with about 34 million subscribers. According to Bloomberg News, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen recently approached DirecTV CEO Mike White about a merger. White is reluctant to go ahead with formal talks due to concerns about opposition from antitrust regulators, the news service said.
  • Comcast Cable Miseries!

    03/23/2014 7:13:24 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 85 replies
    Meshuge Mikey | March 23 2014 | Vanity
    Yesterday... Comcast cable...my internet service provider...for the TIME BEING....had a Planned Outage,...in order to upgrade equipment that services this area. No Prior Notice was given to paying customers, During my call to :customer service" Yesterday...no mention was made of that fact that this WAS a planned outage. This Morning I experienced another Outage. Today's call to comcast customer service was Unbearably frustrating. The representative told me...that this was a planned outage...and an unplanned outage. AGAIN no announcement was made PRIOR to the outage. They do have an EMAIL SERVER dont they? Would it have taken a tremendous effort and great...
  • Long-time Obama aide to leave White House

    03/08/2014 4:29:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2014 7:25 PM EST | Nedra Pickler
    A top White House official who has been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning. Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama’s deputy chief of staff for operations and often described as the most influential person inside the White House who isn't well known outside of it. …
  • Comcast's big bucks to minority groups may aid merger

    s Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. roll out a massive lobbying effort to win regulatory approval for the merger of the nation’s two largest cable companies, one key step for the companies will be garnering the support of prominent civil rights and minority groups. Comcast has already shown it can pull support from key minority groups — dozens sent letters of support to the Federal Communications Commission, which must approve the buyout, while it was considering Comcast’s last mega-deal — its 2011 purchase of NBC/Universal. As tax data analyzed as part of a collaboration between the Center for...