Over-the-top video is driving a tax hike in Olympia, Wash., where a generational shift from cable TV viewing to the cord-cutter lifestyle has lowered the revenue that the city gathers by taxing Comcast based on the number of subscribers.
City fathers in Olympia, Wash., are using the increased popularity of over-the-top viewing as a reason to wring more money from an already stressed source, raising the tax on Comcast cable customers by $5 a month starting Jan. 1, 2015.
Even as the FCC and other regulatory bodies continue to review Comcast's $45.2 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable, the two companies plan to spend more than $130,000 on a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, multiple reports say.
About half of the thousands of letters the FCC has received about Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable and AT&T's planned acquisition of DirecTV have come from viewers who want their RFD-TV.
Even as federal regulators continue to ponder the efficacy of SpinCo, the Comcast and Charter Communications subscriber juggle proposed to clear one hurdle of Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable, the wide-ranging deal is roiling local markets that might soon, for better or worse, have a completely new cable operator presence.
Unhappy sports fans won one in their antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Comcast and DirecTV when a federal judge rejected an effort by the defendants to dismiss the case.
Always-on connectivity comes with a power-consumption cost, accommodated by personal financial costs. Basically, "always on" also means "always paying." Connectify's latest experiment with router equipment from its local cable provider, Comcast, highlights the impacts.
In the cable business, seeking regulatory and public approval on a $45 billion merger means you can never say you're sorry. Comcast is finding this out this out the hard way, with Vox Media-owned tech publication The Verge biting onto the "notoriously bad customer service" angle and refusing to let go.
So what are the chances that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable pass the antitrust portion of the merger's regulatory review? TechDirt provides a fairly practical framework using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, the essential tool used in antitrust law to determine market concentration.
Ramping up efforts to serve low-income families as it seeks federal approval of its $45 billion proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast has formally announced a plan to offer six months of free Internet service to low-income families.