Do Comcast (CMCSA +0.6%), Time Warner (TWC +0.5%), and other cable providers run their own...

Do Comcast (CMCSA +0.6%), Time Warner (TWC +0.5%), and other cable providers run their own private Internet when they offer lush on-demand video services at they same time they impose data usage caps on customers? That's the crux of the matter the DoJ is investigating at the behest of streaming firms such as Hulu and Netflix (NFLX +1.4%) - with their contention that the companies are unjustly rebranding the public Web as a private product.

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  • words
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    The Internet should be unfettered with no artificial usage caps imposed by any of the providers. Despite their bellyaching the huge gross margins they enjoy for their publicly-granted oligopoly and monoply rights to deliver service are incentive enough for them to invest in the necessary equipment and manage their costs.


    It is time enough for the regulators to quit cowtowing to these profiteers and protect the public as they were so intended.
    22 Jun 2012, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • E-mini_Trader
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    Where I live, we have Cox cable and AT&T for internet. Cox "owns" several seats on the city council and has so far prevented high speed internet except in the downtown area. They started by charging AT&T $5000 to install each fiber pedestal, then they said their pedestals were too tall, then they didn't like the color. AT&T has given up installing any new pedestals in our city. Bottom line, Cox has a monopoly on high speed internet in our city.


    In addition, I tried using Netflix online, but Cox interferes with the signal which causes Netflix to freeze, making the service unusable. It's like Cox is run by Tony Soprano.
    25 Jun 2012, 05:25 PM Reply Like
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