Originally published: August 25, 2014
Last updated: August 25, 2014 - 6:16pm
[Commentary] Comcast has executed a near-perfect strategy to convince the Justice Department, Federal Communications Commission and public that the merger with Time Warner has great benefits. However, the company has not achieved perfection. Set out below are 2.5 mistakes that the company could have easily avoided.
- A Temporary Improvement in Customer Service and Tactics
- Not Carrying Narrow Niche Networks Even in a Costly and Obscure Tier: Clearly Comcast has bandwidth available to carry RFD and ample funds to pay the few cents per subscriber the network would qualify to receive. Instead a company official, who should know better, accused RFD of driving “a wedge between Comcast and rural viewers as a means to promote your own business interests is unfair and grossly inaccurate.”
- Comcast’s "Vigorous" Support for Network Neutrality: Wasn’t this the company that successfully sued the FCC on its creation of network neutrality rules? Well that was then and now embracing neutrality -- for a fixed time period no doubt -- comes across as noble.
- Comcast-TWC: Why Compete and Innovate When You Can Buy Market Share?
- Free Pass for Comcast to Acquire Time Warner, Because They Don't Compete With Each Other?
- Comcast turns to K. St
- Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger
- Industry Shifts May Aid Comcast in Takeover Bid
- Comcast goes for shock and awe
- The FCC’s next CTO is a network neutrality expert
- It shouldn’t take a merger for low-income Americans to get cheap broadband
- A Big Deal, but Not a Good One
- Comcast ties to cities, states run deep, could help sell megadeal
- Growling by Comcast May Bring Tighter Leash
- Google tries to avoid the regulatory noose
- Netflix “Most Favored Nation,” Paid Peering Agreement With Comcast: The Good, Bad and Ugly
- Comcast donations help company secure support of Time Warner Cable merger
- How New York could put a stop to Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable