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Chris Meyer is Vice President, Advocacy, overseeing advocacy and public policy through Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.

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The Top Five Empty Promises by Comcast

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:27 PM

It's been one year since Comcast unveiled its bid to merge with its fellow cable-and-Internet behemoth Time Warner Cable. The deal is currently under review by the federal government.

Comcast has made a number of promises to the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department in an effort to persuade...

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Time to Blow the Whistle on Sports TV Blackouts

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 2:33 PM

For years, sports fans have griped about TV blackouts of local games. The National Football League has a long-standing policy that can stop you from seeing your home team play on your local TV station if the home stadium fails to sell most or all tickets 72 hours in advance....

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Airfare Bill Shouldn't Be Cleared for Takeoff

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 2:16 PM

As summer turns to fall, plenty of consumers are shopping around for deals on airline tickets. The good news is technology has made it easier than ever to book a getaway. The bad news is it's getting harder to figure out the bottom-line cost of an airline ticket. And a...

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Time to End the Era of 'Too Big to Fail'

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 2:37 PM

Elizabeth Warren and John McCain aren't often on the same side of a debate in Washington. But the freshman Democratic senator and the veteran Republican lawmaker do agree that banking should be simpler and safer.

With the 2008 financial crisis and taxpayer bailouts of banks deemed...

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I Want a Bigger Cable Company, Said No One Ever

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Bigger isn't always better. At least that's what a lot of people are saying about the prospect of the nation's two biggest cable companies becoming one, as Comcast seeks a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

Comcast is already the largest cable and broadband company, and...

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Hanging Up on Robocalls

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Do you feel like you're getting bombarded with robocalls -- those annoying, prerecorded calls from telemarketers?

Technology has made it easier than ever for companies to send out literally thousands of robocalls every minute for cheap. But unless you've given the company your written permission, that call...

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Why You Don't Have to Wait to Do Your Health Insurance Research

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 9:02 AM

It's no secret that website problems continue to dog the federal government's health care marketplace. Promises have been made for a fully functioning site by the end of November. But in the meantime, a lot of consumers who eager to take advantage of the insurance coverage that the exchanges promise...

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Time to Stop Backroom Deals That Drive Up Drug Prices

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 3:28 PM

When the Supreme Court justices met for their most recent session, the media's attention was focused squarely on two cases dealing with same-sex marriage. Largely lost in the coverage was another case that could have a major impact on the medicine we take, and how much we pay for it.

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An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington. The groups also want our leaders to do more to help consumers get a fair shake in the marketplace.

The groups -- including ours, Consumers...

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Making Our Food Safer

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 2:10 PM

Deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been all too common in recent years, from salmonella-tainted peanut butter to E. coli in the vegetables we eat.

We now have a real opportunity to reverse this disturbing trend, if we do it the right way.

The Food and Drug...

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Holiday Gift Cards: Better Watch Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 12:51 PM

For a lot of holiday shoppers, the must-buy gift this season isn't a laptop or a Lego set. It's neither a necktie nor a necklace.

It's the gift card.

At Consumer Reports we found nearly half of holiday shoppers planned to buy...

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A Better Way to Shop for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 4:16 PM

It's that time of year again -- open enrollment season for health insurance when consumers across the country will once again wrestle with difficult decisions. It's no secret that consumers dread shopping for health insurance -- our own consumer testing studies showed us that shopping for health coverage...

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Mr. President: Don't Forget the Back Burner

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Election Day has come and gone, as the absence of wall-to-wall political ads on TV surely tells us. President Barack Obama has returned to Washington to tend to a tall stack of pressing policy matters on his desk that demand his immediate attention.

While policymakers in D.C are currently focused...

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