Originally published: August 25, 2014
Last updated: August 25, 2014 - 7:16pm
[Commentary] Comcast has executed a near-perfect strategy to convince the Justice Department, Federal Communications Commission and public that the merger with Time Warner has great benefits. However, the company has not achieved perfection. Set out below are 2.5 mistakes that the company could have easily avoided.
- A Temporary Improvement in Customer Service and Tactics
- Not Carrying Narrow Niche Networks Even in a Costly and Obscure Tier: Clearly Comcast has bandwidth available to carry RFD and ample funds to pay the few cents per subscriber the network would qualify to receive. Instead a company official, who should know better, accused RFD of driving “a wedge between Comcast and rural viewers as a means to promote your own business interests is unfair and grossly inaccurate.”
- Comcast’s "Vigorous" Support for Network Neutrality: Wasn’t this the company that successfully sued the FCC on its creation of network neutrality rules? Well that was then and now embracing neutrality -- for a fixed time period no doubt -- comes across as noble.
- Comcast-TWC: Why Compete and Innovate When You Can Buy Market Share?
- Free Pass for Comcast to Acquire Time Warner, Because They Don't Compete With Each Other?
- The Likely AT&T Wireless Playbook for Securing Authority to Acquire T-Mobile
- The FCC’s next CTO is a network neutrality expert
- If You Like the Airlines’ Consolidation, You Might Love an Even More Concentrated Broadband and Cable Marketplace
- What’s Certain About the Regulatory Uncertainty Debate
- John Legere Named as Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile USA
- Bridging the partisan divide in communications legislative reform
- Netflix “Most Favored Nation,” Paid Peering Agreement With Comcast: The Good, Bad and Ugly
- How Internet Censorship Actually Works in China
- Is Comcast-Time Warner Cable "In the Public Interest"?
- Can the FCC Turn a Network Neutrality Triple Play?
- The Myth of Broadband Investment "Disincentivization"
- A Year in Review: The FCC and the US Phone Transition
- A Big Deal, but Not a Good One