- Politicians are supporting Comcast’s TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast [The Verge]: “[Columbia Law professor Tim] Wu, who reviewed the documents obtained by The Verge, said that the new information “confirms the impression that evidence that the merger is in the ‘public interest’ is simply being manufactured.” Here’s a bit of analysis from Philly Mag: “Indeed, it’s entirely possible that the politicians mentioned are genuinely supportive of the merger — although many of them benefit from Comcast campaign contributions — and genuinely lazy writers. There’s not much grass-roots support for the merger, as we’ve noted, but we have no problem believing that lots of establishment-type folks would be happy to see it go through.”
- Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is no longer viewed as inevitable [LA Times]: “‘They’ve had a lot of trouble, more than they thought they would — and rightly so,’ said Gene Kimmelman, a former top lawyer in the Justice Department’s antitrust division who now leads advocacy group Public Knowledge, which opposes the Comcast-TWC merger.”
- Comcast’s CEO called the White House to talk it out of strong net neutrality rules [The Verge]: “That Roberts himself would call up the White House underscores how important the outcome of the ongoing net neutrality debate is to Comcast. But it also demonstrates just how connected Comcast is in Washington, which is what the Journal really dives into in this new report [paywall].”
- Comcast put couple through “Kafkaesque” month without Internet [Ars Technica]: “After finally connecting the couple’s home, Comcast admitted fault in a statement quoted by the Inquirer. Comcast also said the customers would be given a credit for the weeks they went without service.”
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