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Chattanooga, Tennessee, Offered A Public Option For Internet Access And Revived Its Economy

Carl Gibson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Chattanooga has proven to everyone else that having a public option for internet, cable, and phone service is better for consumers. And though the big companies would never admit it, the competition that socialist local broadband networks provide is the heart of the free-market capitalism they claim to espouse.

Time Warner Cable Is for Straight People Only, Please

Em & Lo | Posted 03.05.2015 | Women
Em & Lo

Let's start with the first page, which begins with the instructions, "Let's start with an easy one: Are you a guy or a girl?" Wait, what? Do movies buffer differently for guys and girls? Do women need their tech advice given in a pretty pink font?!

How to Fund an Open, Ubiquitous, Very Fast, Broadband Internet Utility

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While it is great that Net Neutrality principles, which means that they can't screw with your Internet service, may be put into effect, it belies the more pervasive problems -- you may not be able to afford (or want to pay for) that service or get that service or have a choice about who offers you that service.

Lawsuit Plaintiff: 'Least Expensive Negro' Al Sharpton Gives Comcast 'Cover' For Discrimination

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.27.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Al Sharpton were hit last week with a $20 billion lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against black-owned media comp...

Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.

Al Sharpton, Comcast Accused Of Racial Discrimination In Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.27.2015 | Media

The National Association of African-American Owned Media has filed a $20 billion lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, claiming the companies...

An Open, True Blue Letter to Vin Scully

Jeff Polman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Sports
Jeff Polman

I am asking if you would do the one sensible thing that may finally put an end to this quagmire. Just pick up the phone, call the Dodgers, and say "Either fix this thing now, or I walk."

Net Neutrality Is Now Just 'Net Ridiculous'

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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.

Stop the Comcast-Time Warner Mega-Merger That Would Hurt the Latino Community

Arturo Carmona | Posted 04.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Carmona

A tide is turning on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger. Mere months ago, they seemed too big, too wealthy to fight. But as the stakes have becom...

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...

Michael Winship | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the last article about broadband I supplied a list of the "video dialtone" deployments that were filed at the FCC by what are now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink to upgrade the utility copper networks and replace these wires with fiber optics wires -- which never happened.

The Story Behind Nasty Pig's Banned Holiday Commercial (NSFW PHOTOS)

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Saturday morning I was lying in bed, looking at Facebook, when I came across a story about Nasty Pig's holiday commercial being taken off TV. I immediately contacted Nasty Pig's CEO, David Lauterstein, to see if he wanted to sit down and tell me more about the situation. I'm extremely grateful that he did want to chat.

You Have Been Charged Thousands for a Fiber-Optic, Broadband Utility That You Never Got -- Over the Last 20-Plus Years

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By 2010 or there abouts, America was supposed to have been a fully-fiberized nation with fiber optic-based broadband utilities -- really.

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

150,000 Cable Subscribers Cut The Cord Last Quarter

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 11.14.2014 | Technology

A report released Friday by the Leichtman Research Group says the 13 largest pay-TV providers shed 150,000 subscribers in the most recent quarter compared to 25,000 subscribers in that same period last year.

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.

CNN: The Cratering News Network

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Reese Schonfeld

It's time for Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, Turner CEO John Martin, and CNN President Jeff Zucker, to find their way out of this mess.

As 'Time' Goes By

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.31.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Is my one-time favorite magazine going the way of the dodo bird? What's to become of TIME after it was cut loose from a corporate tether tied to a sought-after prize?

Cable Giants Seeking Mega-Merger OK Shower Cuomo In Donations

Bloomberg | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

In a test of state clout over megamergers, New York regulators are threatening to disrupt Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable I...

Time Warner Ends Big Negotiations With Vice

NY Times | Posted 08.29.2014 | Media

Time Warner has ended negotiations to buy a major stake in Vice Media, according to a person briefed on the discussions....

Time Warner/CNN: Running Scared

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Bewkes and Martin seem to be following the traditional trail of MBAs -- cut costs, put lipstick on the pig, dress it up and sell it for as much money as you can get and let the buyer worry about the future.

Streaming: TV's Tectonic Shift

Tom Alderman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Why should we pay cable companies big monthly fees for a huge lineup of programs we never watch but are charged for. Research shows that folks with 300 channels only watch an average of 12 of them. Why not pick and choose just what we want to watch and pay for each show as we go? Or, as the industry calls it: pay-per-view.

Time Warner Cable Suffering Nationwide Outage

The Huffington Post | Liat Kornowski | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology

UPDATE: 8:50 A.M. -- A spokesperson for Time Warner Cable says that service has largely been restored. "Most if not all should be back online now," Ti...