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[ NNSquad ] Merger Made Comcast Strong, U.S. Web Users Weak

Merger Made Comcast Strong, U.S. Web Users Weak

http://j.mp/V4xYz6  (Bloomberg)

   "On a gray day in February 2010, Brian Roberts sat facing the U.S.
    Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee. The panel was
    holding its first hearing on a proposed merger between two of the
    country's most powerful media companies, the cable distribution giant
    Comcast Corp. and the entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal.
    Roberts, the chief executive officer of Comcast, was a calm and
    friendly witness. If the Justice Department's Antitrust Division and
    the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger, Comcast's
    future as the largest distributor of information in the country would
    be assured ...

    It doesn't have to be this way. Other developed countries have a
    watchdog to ensure that all their citizens are connected at cheap
    rates to fiber-optic networks. In South Korea, more than half of
    households are already connected to fiber lines, and those in Japan
    and Hong Kong are close behind. In the U.S., only about 7 percent of
    households have access to fiber, and it costs six times as much as in
    Hong Kong.  Rather than try to ensure that the U.S. will lead the
    world in the information age, American politicians have removed all
    regulation of high-speed Internet access and have allowed steep market
    consolidation. The cable industry has done its best to foil municipal
    efforts to provide publicly overseen fiber Internet access. Now, the
    U.S. has neither a competitive marketplace nor government oversight."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
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