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Comcast Roundup

This graph shows how Netflix speeds changed after Comcast deal [Comcast Roundup] business

May. 9, 2014 7:30 am

This graph shows how Netflix speeds changed after Comcast deal [Comcast Roundup]

"Since Netflix gave into Comcast’s demands for payment in exchange for a promise to deliver movies smoothly over the Internet to Netflix’s customers, speeds on Comcast for Netflix users have rocketed upward."
Comcast plans to divest 3.9M subscribers in prep for Time Warner Cable merger [Comcast Roundup] business

May. 1, 2014 9:30 am

Comcast plans to divest 3.9M subscribers in prep for Time Warner Cable merger [Comcast Roundup]

"Comcast announced on Monday a series of subscriber swaps designed to help clear the way for regulatory approval of its acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The reorganization of the nation's cable grid will give Comcast a stronghold in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Boston."
FCC: Internet providers can charge for ‘fast lane’ [Comcast Roundup] business

Apr. 24, 2014 9:30 am

FCC: Internet providers can charge for ‘fast lane’ [Comcast Roundup]

"The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals."
After Netflix paid Comcast, speeds improve 65%  [Comcast Roundup] business

Apr. 17, 2014 7:30 am

After Netflix paid Comcast, speeds improve 65% [Comcast Roundup]

"Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) led the way with $35,000 from the Comcast federal political action committee (PAC) between 2009 and 2014, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) received $32,500, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) received $30,000. These figures are the combined contributions from Comcast to the senators' campaign and leadership committees. (Schumer has recused himself from the merger hearings because his brother, a lawyer, worked on the deal.)"
U.S. states to investigate Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger [Comcast Roundup] business

Mar. 20, 2014 7:30 am

U.S. states to investigate Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger [Comcast Roundup]

"Florida and other U.S. states will join the Justice Department in seeking to determine if Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is legal under U.S. antitrust law, Florida officials told Reuters."
How Comcast is like the tycoons of the Gilded Age [Comcast Roundup] business

Mar. 13, 2014 7:30 am

How Comcast is like the tycoons of the Gilded Age [Comcast Roundup]

"Much of the news in the internet world has been taken up by the possible consequences of Comcast’s proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable system. But the issues extend well beyond this deal. "
Why Comcast VP David Cohen is not a ‘lobbyist’ [Comcast Roundup] business

Mar. 6, 2014 7:30 am

Why Comcast VP David Cohen is not a ‘lobbyist’ [Comcast Roundup]

"But as Comcast makes its case [for the Time Warner merger], Cohen doesn't have to follow the disclosure rules for lobbyists because, for all his influence, he is not a lobbyist. At least not officially. He hasn't been since 2007, the year Congress beefed up those disclosure requirements."
Comcast spent $18.8M lobbying federal government in 2013 [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 28, 2014 7:30 am

Comcast spent $18.8M lobbying federal government in 2013 [Comcast Roundup]

The media continues to mull major Comcast deals (Time Warner Cable, Netflix). Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, plans for the second Comcast tower move forward.
Comcast tower unanimously approved by Planning Commission [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 20, 2014 8:30 am

Comcast tower unanimously approved by Planning Commission [Comcast Roundup]

"The only criticism: Not enough bicycle parking."
Comcast will purchase Time Warner Cable for $45B [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 13, 2014 7:30 am

Comcast will purchase Time Warner Cable for $45B [Comcast Roundup]

It's "a deal that would combine the biggest and second-biggest cable television operators in the country." Expect a protracted lobbying effort and promises to avoid heavy regulator skepticism.