Cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner have come to dominate information access in the United States. And they're using this new power to squeeze out competitors and remake new media in their old image.
Eliminating competition undoubtedly sounds like a great plan in the corporate boardrooms and on Wall Street. But the rest of us continue to struggle with job insecurity, hard times and severe cuts in essential services.
There probably was no great need for Comcast to raise the usage caps on its broadband service, as it did last week from 250 GB to 300 GB per month. If the company thought for an instant that the modest increase bought it any good will from its theoretical regulators, it needn't have bothered.
No one likes watching TV commercials, except, perhaps, during the Super Bowl. Even those whose livelihoods depend on them have a hard time convincing family members not to fast forward past them in this DVR age.
If you want proof that the growing Hispanic population and its impact will change the way people experience popular culture in a colossal and immediate way - look no further than the big changes happening at the nation's biggest media players.
Bozell is playing partisan politics here. He wants his right-wing friends in Congress to help him harass and destroy a business, something he has been spectacularly unsuccessful at doing on his own. He's pursuing a vendetta, not justice.
Competition in the U.S. broadband market is virtually nonexistent. That means that millions of Americans live without high-speed Internet access, and those who do have it experience slower speeds and higher prices than their European counterparts.
We all remember the 1980s and its awesome fashion and music. While some may want to revisit those aspects of the past, I don't think anyone wants to return to the era of the cable and Ma Bell monopolies.