The New York Times may not get network neutrality, but it certainly sees the dangers of consolidating the nation’s largest and third largest broadband providers. The venerable paper came out against the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast in an editorial Tuesday that argued, “By buying Time Warner Cable, Comcast would become a gatekeeper over what consumers watch, read and listen to. The company would have more power to compel Internet content companies…to pay Comcast for better access to its broadband network.” We agree. This merger is all about broadband and it’s a problem.
Austin, the home of three future gigabit networks from Google (residents can’t sign up for it yet); AT&T (currently limited in the deployment area and limited to 300 Mbps speeds) and Grande Communications (gigabit offered in limited areas) is getting a speed boost from its incumbent cable provider, Time Warner Cable. Residents will see their speeds hit up to 300 Mbps starting June 3. Everyone gets a boost, with 15 Mbps subscribers hitting 50 Mbps and those on the 100 Mbps plan getting a 300 Mbps upgrade at no extra charge. The upgrades represent a $60 million investment by TWC in Austin.
It’s getting hard out there for broadband consumers. If Comcast buys Time Warner Cable, four out of five U.S. broadband subscribers will have a data cap.
Comcast’s controversial plan to acquire Time Warner Cable took a step forward on Monday, as the company confirmed it will shed cable subscribers. The plan doesn’t address ongoing concerns over broadband consolidation.
Move over, cable box, there is a new kid in town: Time Warner Cable customers can now buy Fan TV to access live television and online video services.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering challenge, noting that Comcast implied that it was no big thing in its hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee. Since Netflix wasn’t at the hearing, perhaps Sen. Franken just wants to get Netflix’s comments on the record. And while, we aren’t Netflix, if Sen. Franken is interested, here’s how we think regulators should view the deal.
If Comcast buys Time Warner Cable many more Americans will find themselves with a broadband cap. We take a look at how many might join the capped majority if the deal goes through.
U.S. senators are asking whether the biggest cable TV company in the country should be able to buy the second biggest. The antitrust issues are more subtle than they seem.
Home automation company iControl has purchased BlackSumac, the maker of the Piper connected home security device. The move gets iControl into the DIY market and is a successful exit for an Indiegogo-backed hardware startup.
Google Fiber won’t start connecting customers in Austin until much later this year. A local news station has discovered that and where Google has so far applied for permits.