As federal regulators saddle up to the job of poring over a potential merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler delivered a speech last week that seemed to strike a dagger into the heart of the deal. Comcast, however, doesn't seem to think so.
This summer is a landmark period for the evolving Internet in the U.S., with new Open Internet rules being considered by the FCC and a couple of big media mergers being debated. Recently, a few new arguments against the biggest merger on the table -- that of Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, to the second largest, Time Warner Cable -- have emerged from Dish Network, Netflix, and the response to an Internet outage.
A merger between Comcast and Time Warner now faces another hurdle in the state of New York as advocacy group Common Cause filed a formal complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) against the deal going through.
Well, it may not reach the level of "charm," but Comcast is certainly trying to improve the generally offensive reputation it has built over the years, just as the federal government is reviewing its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.
New York City comptroller Scott Stringer told the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) Monday that in order for a Comcast-Time Warner merger to go through, the state requires a promise of better Internet service.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Monday that two lawyers from the Department of Justice's antitrust division will be heading up the agency's inquiry into major proposed mergers in the telecommunications industry.
Netflix's public disputes with ISPs have lead the Federal Communications Commission to take a look at paid interconnection deals, and a little light is already being shed on the contentious issue of paid peering.