- Comcast to face merger questions from House panel [Philadelphia Inquirer] “Former U.S. Justice Department antitrust attorney Allen P. Grunes is scheduled to testify and said on Wednesday that government regulators could view the proposed mega-merger as anti-competitive and bring litigation to stop it. One concern for the Justice Department attorneys, he said, would be that Comcast returns to the Washington regulators in two or three years with another acquisition of a cable-TV company.”
- This hilarious graph of Netflix speeds shows the importance of net neutrality [Washington Post] “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. Speeds on the larger service providers have been decreasing steadily since last fall, but following the deal, Comcast restored all the speed that Netflix had lost and much more in the space of a couple of months. Netflix might also have to pay Verizon and AT&T a similar fee to ensure that its customers enjoy reasonable speeds when they are watching films.”
- Comcast CEO Neil Smit Says Improving Customer Service Is His Top Priority [TechCrunch]
- As Netflix Resists, Most Firms Just Try to Befriend Comcast [New York Times] “Virtually every media and tech company — content providers like CBS and Disney, video streaming services like Amazon, Netflix and YouTube, and social media and e-commerce sites — has a major stake in the outcome of the government’s review of the merger. The question these companies now face is whether their interests are better served by speaking out about it, or by keeping any possible complaints to themselves as they try to negotiate the best deals they can with Comcast. For the time being, almost none are publicly speaking out, partly because they are wary of antagonizing a company with which they do business.”
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