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Net Neutrality Is Now Just 'Net Ridiculous'

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality itself doesn't solve America's communications problems and we hope that the FCC decides to actually investigate our claims that a) Verizon failed to disclose that the networks are already Title II.

Time Warner Cable's High-Speed Internet 97 Percent Profit Margin is a Big, Bright Red Flag; Critics Rebuked.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the previous article, I laid out excerpts of Time Warner Cable's SEC-filed 2013 Annual Report which detailed TWC's profit margin (revenues minus ex...

83 Percent of Mergers Fail. Leverage a 100-Day Action Plan for Success Instead.

George Bradt | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Be clear on what matters and why. If the merger or acquisition isn't going to allow you to serve some customer better than the entities could do separately, walk away. You must create value before you can capture it.

Time Warner Cable's 97 Percent Profit Margin on High-Speed Internet Service Exposed

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In our Petition for Investigation of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast, we point out that TWC's High-Speed Internet service has a 97 percent profit margin and a number of people asked how that statistic was derived. Simple. Time Warner Cable provides the information, (with some caveats).

FCC Petition for Investigation and Complaint Against Time Warner Cable and Comcast

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Public Interest has been tarnished, stained and harmed and it is time for a course correction of oversight, accurate data, investigations and enforcement of the laws. It is time to not only re-evaluate the public policies that govern communications services in America, but fix what's broken -- finally.

Is This About Net Neutrality, a Hostage Situation or Just Extortion? It's Hard to Say.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Unfortunately, most who are calling for Net Neutrality or Title II don't get the underlying issue -- It's all about one company 'vertically integrating,' meaning controlling all of the primary services over the wire

Investigate Time Warner and Comcast's "Social Contract" on America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Besides the fact that you can never, ever get the advertised price, or that the bill now includes a collection of made up fees and pass-through taxes, there are also a host of related issues that surround the sale and promotion of these services.

Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

You can never, ever get the advertised price because it doesn't include many of the fixed costs, like the set top box, not to mention it is littered with pass-throughs of the company's taxes and fees, including the cable franchise fees.

AT&T's Top 13 Broken Promises. DIRECTV Merger? 'Giga'-Me-a-Break!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger. And the states should go back and examine whether customers have been paying extra for decades based on commitments never fulfilled.

AT&T Can 'Say Anything': AT&T IP Transition Trials and the Direct TV Merger Documents Contradict Previous Broadband Commitments.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has asked the FCC to let it start a 'transition' of its networks, moving to all 'Internet-based' (IP) services, with 'trials' to start in Alabama...

Comcast Goes to Washington... and Flops

Craig Aaron | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Craig Aaron

On day one, Comcast will control nearly 50 percent of the truly high-speed Internet market, and it will be the only broadband provider that can deliver Internet and pay-TV services to nearly four out of every 10 U.S. homes.

Comcast-Time Warner Cable: Don't Worry, New Merger Will Provide Same Shitty Service

Spencer Green | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Potential future changes include a "Surprise Channel Package," in which customers' access to certain networks will change every hour on the hour, according to a computerized random number generator which will also change billing accounts and promotional prices.

The Best (Or Worst) Laid Airline Plans

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

Monday's merger of American Airlines with U.S. Airways, the Nation's No. 3 and No. 5 carriers respectively, means the new 100,000-employee American, has literally, overnight, become the world's largest airline company.

6 Things About Travel That'll Really Make You Mad

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.04.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

These six things should make you come unhinged, too. They're flat-out wrong and beg for regulation.

Publicis-Omnicom Merger Provides Much Needed Opportunity to 'Step Up'

Jacqueline Corbelli | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business
Jacqueline Corbelli

Few mega deals bring the value promised The merging of Omnicom with Publicis offers a phenomenal opportunity to both companies -- that ultimately ben...

Should We Worry About the Big 6?

Frederic Colier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Frederic Colier

Should we worry about the survival of the six main publishing houses? This question has been occupying lots of minds, given the massive change in technology and arrival of new players.

Eleazar David Melendez

Major Food Deal Unlikely To Be Challenged By Federal Regulators

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

The $4.7 billion takeover of the largest pork processor in America, Smithfield Foods, by a Chinese conglomerate will almost certainly gain federal reg...

Merger Ready For Takeoff?

AP | By DAVID KOENIG | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business

DALLAS (AP) — More of the pieces seem to be falling into place and a picture is starting to emerge of what an American Airlines-US Airways merger mi...

Gerry Smith

Despite Merger Promise, Rural AT&T Customers Find High-Speed Internet Out of Reach

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.18.2012 | Technology

HAZLEHURST, Miss. -- Cedric Wiggins thought high-speed Internet would have long since arrived in this corner of rural Mississippi. He figured this ...

Zach Carter

FTC Gives Major Music Merger The All-Clear

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission on Friday voted to approve Universal Music Group's controversial acquisition of EMI with no strings attach...

Mergers and Collaborations for Charity Navigator?

Ken Berger | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Ken Berger

We believe that mergers and collaborations are essential, especially as the information intermediary space becomes more crowded.

Man Plays CEO For A Day, Gets $44 Million In 'Corporate Hijacking'

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business

One guy just got paid $44 million to be CEO for a day. In an apparent corporate coup, Duke Energy, an electric power holding company that recently...

Bank Launches New Business For Ultra-Wealthy

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business

By Ashley Lau April 2 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co opened its new Abbot Downing business on Monday, o fficially merging two of its...

While We're Sitting on the Cabinet, Let's Bring Something to the Table

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Within a matter of months, if Obama's proposed merger is successful, small businesses will once again be unrepresented on the president's cabinet, and even worse -- they will no longer have a federal agency to assist them.

Chrysler, Fiat One Step Closer To Merging Into One Of The World's Leading Automakers

Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

MILAN/DETROIT, Jan 5 (Stephen Jewkes and Bernie Woodall) - Italy's Fiat SpA has raised its stake in Chrysler Group LLC by 5 percent to 58.5 percen...