Comcast said Friday that it has terminated its $45.2 billion merger plans for Time Warner Cable, with the marriage of the top two cable operations in the US likely quashed by opposition from regulators.
“Today, we move on,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a short statement. “Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away.”
News that the deal was falling apart started to emerge Thursday afternoon, with reports saying that increasing concerns from US regulators would end the tie-up. Earlier in the week, Comcast officials met with the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to discuss potential concessions in the deal.
This morning the FCC voted to protect real Net Neutrality — marking the biggest victory for the public interest in the agency’s history.
That’s right. We won.
Even a few months ago this victory didn’t seem possible. Last May, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ignored the public call for real Net Neutrality — and instead released a proposal that would have allowed pay-to-play fast lanes online.
Comcast and its pals thought they’d won the fight. But Free Press members and millions of people across the country proved them wrong. After a year of relentless activism, Wheeler reversed course — moving to give Internet users the strongest protections possible under Title II of the Communications Act.
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Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy for FreePress looks at this week’s decision by the FCC to place Internet Communication under the jurisdiction of Title 2 of the Telecommunications Act. Is this a victory or just another chess move in an unending shell game with the communication giants?
This is an excerpt from one of the simplest and best explanations of the decision we have read:
“Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to regulate broadband companies (including wireless companies) in much the same
Emily Hay, founder of Haytheresocialmedia describes a new way to get your message out to a select group of people quickly with Twitter’s new Group Messaging. She will also tell us what moms thought about the Super Bowl Ads and her recent appearance on TV as part of a select panel of local experts.
Jeff Courter is the founder of a Grand Rapids based company which recently secured new venture capital to launch its first hunting app Sportsman Tracker this coming March. Jeff’s idea has found enthusiastic acceptance and the app is almost ready to launch. Full details follow.
In February the FCC will propose new rules governing the use of the Internet. The battle fronts are blurred but the stakes are high: Who will control how we access this vital link to our digitized world?
Craig Aaron, President and CEO of FreePress joins us to describe what is at stake in this epic battle for free flow of information over the Internet. His organization has taken up the consumer banner with a passion in this battle against private monopoly interests bent on restricting the flow of information and the development of innovation in order to promote their own profit goals. We the people need someone looking out for us. Enter FreePress
The Auto Show is in full swing with some amazing, ground breaking things happening right on the show floor, e.g. a company is printing a car or most of its parts right there! (Local Motors) And soon learning your dashboard may be as easy as using your cell phone.(Apple Car Play)
The FCC’s vote Thursday to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking now opens it to public comment for 120 days. The notice, or NPRM, asks whether the commission should bar broadband providers from charging Web content providers for priority traffic, which some Net neutrality advocates have feared Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal would allow.
First, the facts. The Federal Communications Commission voted today, 3-2, to move forward on the Net neutrality proposal floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler — one that, in theory, could be used by ISPs and service providers to charge users extra for faster access to premium content.