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(The Verge)   Sen. Al Franken on the Comcast-TimeWarner merger: "You're devious enough, you're evil enough, and doggone it, people hate you"   (theverge.com) divider line 63
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2014-03-19 08:32:26 PM
We need to elect Will Ferrell. His headlines would have endless variety.
 
2014-03-19 08:37:28 PM

Triumph: We need to elect Will Ferrell. His headlines would have endless variety.


Senator Ferrell is gonna come at you like a spider monkey!
 
2014-03-19 09:12:38 PM
As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.
 
2014-03-19 10:01:01 PM
I like Franken but his stance in regard to the MPAA lobbying and enforcement is discouraging. I'm surprised he is actually taking a stance against a media company.
 
2014-03-19 10:03:52 PM
Don't pay for cable. Period. This is a market issue.
 
2014-03-19 10:05:35 PM

MFAWG: Don't pay for cable. Period. This is a market issue.


You can have my ESPN when you pry it from my cold, dead, ink-stained, bracket-clutching hands.
 
2014-03-19 10:06:35 PM

Shotgun Justice: I like Franken but his stance in regard to the MPAA lobbying and enforcement is discouraging. I'm surprised he is actually taking a stance against a media company.


I don't suppose we'll ever know how he actually votes.
 
2014-03-19 10:09:06 PM
It's not so scary that they're merging their services, but it's terrifying that they're merging their lobbying power.
 
2014-03-19 10:10:35 PM

GoldSpider: Shotgun Justice: I like Franken but his stance in regard to the MPAA lobbying and enforcement is discouraging. I'm surprised he is actually taking a stance against a media company.

I don't suppose we'll ever know how he actually votes.


Too bad they don't keep a record of congressional votes.
 
2014-03-19 10:15:02 PM

fusillade762: Too bad they don't keep a record of congressional votes.


I don't believe approving a corporate merger requires that kind of vote.
 
2014-03-19 10:21:46 PM
I am confused. I had been assured that the merger of Comcast and Time Warner would be beneficial for consumers, by providing greater opportunities and a wider variety of consumer options.
 
2014-03-19 10:24:06 PM

Dimensio: I am confused. I had been assured that the merger of Comcast and Time Warner would be beneficial for consumers, by providing greater opportunities and a wider variety of consumer options.


It will be better! You can have slow internet and a multitude of cable channels you will never watch! What more could you want?

/is that how you spell channel? I'm getting drunk spelling syndrome over here
 
2014-03-19 10:25:51 PM
Thinking of the Consumerist bracket chart, isn't merging these two companies like merging the Chicago Cubs with the Atlanta Braves and expecting something greater than the sum of two participants ribbons?
 
2014-03-19 10:33:49 PM
"I am very concerned that Comcast could use its clout in the broadband market to dictate the content consumers receive and the prices they pay, and these concerns are only intensified by Comcast's proposal to acquire Time Warner Cable. With more than 20 million customers, Comcast already is the nation's dominant Internet service provider, controlling about a quarter of the national broadband market and a much higher percentage of the market in many of the local areas in which it operates. By acquiring Time Warner Cable, Comcast would extend its reach substantially, covering millions of additional customers. This would give Comcast even more leverage to manipulate Internet traffic to serve its own corporate interests."

The larger first part was about intellectual freedom, First Amendment concerns. And all valid. Tell the f**kin' NSA to get a real warrant and stall it. Scalia can't live forever. Only at the end does he mention anything about access being affordable. At what "untaxed, free-market" price point do Republicans balk at paying for their cable & wi-fi? Cuz these bastards will jack it up as high as the market won't bear. Congress (ha ha!!) or the States (ha ha ha!!!) could regulate them as a utility, but....that would take more transparency than all involved are willing to show. Tax dollars financed the phone lines, and cell phone technology. And the development of the internet. What would we pay per year so that we owned it (taxes), as opposed to giving it away to Comcast? (well, we've pretty much already done that....)
 
2014-03-19 10:35:20 PM
FTFA: Comcast has provided The Verge with a statement highlighting the Open Internet rules that the company will abide by until 2018. Further, Comcast says it expects the FCC to implement similar rules that will apply to all major internet providers by the time its current deal - which came as part of its NBCUniversal acquisition - expires.

"We're only following open internet rules so long as the FCC forces us to, but don't worry, you can trust us to have an even larger monopoly."
 
2014-03-19 10:44:23 PM
"Sen. Al Franken: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable could threaten 'open nature' of internet"

But PIPA's just dandy, right?
 
2014-03-19 10:45:44 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.


As a Comcast customer, I'm looking forward to the new ways they'll find to f--k me over. Their screwing over our customers department has been phoning it in and needs a shot in the arm.

Really pissed Google Fiber didn't have my city on the next shortlist. They have a goddamn office downtown, dammit!

I would knock on every damn door in my neighborhood just to have an alternative.
 
2014-03-19 10:53:37 PM

phamwaa: MFAWG: Don't pay for cable. Period. This is a market issue.

You can have my ESPN when you pry it from my cold, dead, ink-stained, bracket-clutching hands.


Fair enough, but no whining. That's all I'm saying, really.
 
2014-03-19 10:55:46 PM
 
2014-03-19 10:58:59 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Insider

Just to get in before the "I can't take that seriously" asses
 
2014-03-19 11:02:50 PM
The conservatives want to do to the Internet what they did to AM radio.
 
2014-03-19 11:13:17 PM

Agent Nick Fury: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Insider

Just to get in before the "I can't take that seriously" asses


You can also trust the founder of one of the oldest, most prolific user behavior trackers and profilers for private industry.
 
2014-03-19 11:13:40 PM

Agent Nick Fury: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Insider

Just to get in before the "I can't take that seriously" asses


I can't take that seriously.
 
2014-03-19 11:17:54 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: antidisestablishmentarianism: As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.

As a Comcast customer, I'm looking forward to the new ways they'll find to f--k me over. Their screwing over our customers department has been phoning it in and needs a shot in the arm.

Really pissed Google Fiber didn't have my city on the next shortlist. They have a goddamn office downtown, dammit!

I would knock on every damn door in my neighborhood just to have an alternative.


Austin is supposed to be one of the first cities to get Google Fiber.  We will never have it, ever.  TWC owns the south, all of it.  Absolutely farking owns it.  Absolute monopoly and absolute control and they will never ever give it up and will keep their political lackys in check to prevent their power from ever slipping in this region.  We will never ever have anything but TWC here.

I hope when I get to hell the devil lets me take a shiat in every TWC employees mouth on a daily basis, every single farking one.

Every. Single. farking. One.
 
2014-03-19 11:26:15 PM

orclover: StreetlightInTheGhetto: antidisestablishmentarianism: As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.

As a Comcast customer, I'm looking forward to the new ways they'll find to f--k me over. Their screwing over our customers department has been phoning it in and needs a shot in the arm.

Really pissed Google Fiber didn't have my city on the next shortlist. They have a goddamn office downtown, dammit!

I would knock on every damn door in my neighborhood just to have an alternative.

Austin is supposed to be one of the first cities to get Google Fiber.  We will never have it, ever.  TWC owns the south, all of it.  Absolutely farking owns it.  Absolute monopoly and absolute control and they will never ever give it up and will keep their political lackys in check to prevent their power from ever slipping in this region.  We will never ever have anything but TWC here.

I hope when I get to hell the devil lets me take a shiat in every TWC employees mouth on a daily basis, every single farking one.

Every. Single. farking. One.


You really need to get that hateful personality checked out, maybe evened out with some drugs.
 
2014-03-19 11:28:29 PM
Comcastfor me wad a horrible experience compared to timewarner. If this merger were tw taking overt, it would probably be an improvement. Spent 3 yrs on Comcast internet before going to DSL. So nice to have a reliable and consistent experience. Cant wait for google fiber though...that will be nice.
 
2014-03-19 11:32:54 PM

wildcardjack: Thinking of the Consumerist bracket chart, isn't merging these two companies like merging the Chicago Cubs with the Atlanta Braves and expecting something greater than the sum of two participants ribbons?


Hey now. It's called a "pennant".

throughthefencebaseball.com

 
2014-03-19 11:35:20 PM
As Franken says, it's a utility.

In fact, my tiny mountain town has taken it upon itself to install its own fiber network. When it comes on line in a couple of months, 100mbps glass will be cheaper than our local commercial 1.5 mbps DSL, and gigabit service will be just $20 more per month.
 
2014-03-19 11:50:24 PM

GoldSpider: fusillade762: Too bad they don't keep a record of congressional votes.

I don't believe approving a corporate merger requires that kind of vote.


You mean the FCC vote? Those are on record, too. And Franken's not a member of the FCC.
 
2014-03-19 11:59:41 PM

orclover: StreetlightInTheGhetto: antidisestablishmentarianism: As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.

As a Comcast customer, I'm looking forward to the new ways they'll find to f--k me over. Their screwing over our customers department has been phoning it in and needs a shot in the arm.

Really pissed Google Fiber didn't have my city on the next shortlist. They have a goddamn office downtown, dammit!

I would knock on every damn door in my neighborhood just to have an alternative.

Austin is supposed to be one of the first cities to get Google Fiber.  We will never have it, ever.  TWC owns the south, all of it.  Absolutely farking owns it.  Absolute monopoly and absolute control and they will never ever give it up and will keep their political lackys in check to prevent their power from ever slipping in this region.  We will never ever have anything but TWC here.

I hope when I get to hell the devil lets me take a shiat in every TWC employees mouth on a daily basis, every single farking one.

Every. Single. farking. One.


You should find some folks to collaborate with on that, or you'll spend all your time in Hell shiatting in mouths and you'll miss out on the Hell experience.
 
2014-03-20 12:25:25 AM
That's not heroism.

Heroism is speaking in a country that will arrest you for daring to challenge the system.
 
2014-03-20 01:08:14 AM
Remember when it was "Time" and "Warner Bros." and then it became "TimeWarner" Now it'll be "TimeWarnerComcast" then "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucks"... then "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucksWalmart" and eventually "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucksWalmartMcDonalds"... but we'll call it "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucksWalmartMcD's" for short.
 
2014-03-20 01:33:44 AM

JohnnyC: Remember when it was "Time" and "Warner Bros." and then it became "TimeWarner" Now it'll be "TimeWarnerComcast" then "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucks"... then "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucksWalmart" and eventually "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucksWalmartMcDonalds"... but we'll call it "TimeWarnerComcastStarbucksWalmartMcD's" for short.


You forgot the AOL era. That was pretty funny, when you think about it.
 
2014-03-20 02:13:47 AM

Snapper Carr: "Sen. Al Franken: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable could threaten 'open nature' of internet"

But PIPA's just dandy, right?


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
She's british-hot


/I'd throw her a bone
 
2014-03-20 03:37:45 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Agent Nick Fury: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Insider

Just to get in before the "I can't take that seriously" asses

I can't take that seriously.


That's what she said
 
2014-03-20 04:03:01 AM
Wait a minute he wasn't even supposed to be elected Senator. Why is he doing this??
 
2014-03-20 04:20:44 AM
You know...everything's available for downloading or streaming on the internet, right? Cable is a non-necessity. My town is due for Google Fiber fairly soon. In the meanwhile, when I pick my wife up at the hospital, I torrent farking everything I want from random workstation computers since KC has GF.
 
2014-03-20 05:26:43 AM
Hero Tag?!

/Interesting Tag pulls out its heavily used baseball bat and goes to town on Hero Tag like a Chicago Gangster
 
2014-03-20 05:45:03 AM
Now, I thought america was all about competition..non-monopolies, etc.  Like breaking up ma bell.
 
2014-03-20 05:48:33 AM

You Are All Sheep: Now, I thought america was all about competition..non-monopolies, etc.  Like breaking up ma bell.


IBM and Ma Bell went through that...these are different times.

/PC clones rule the world
//I have to pay to get an extra phone line installed in my house now
 
2014-03-20 06:02:17 AM

You Are All Sheep: Now, I thought america was all about competition..non-monopolies, etc.  Like breaking up ma bell.


When politicians nowadays talk about the Free Market, they mean captive markets and guaranteed high profit margins.

That, and they worry about 'uncertainty'.  Which you always have in an actual free market.
 
2014-03-20 06:37:10 AM

robohobo: You know...everything's available for downloading or streaming on the internet, right? Cable is a non-necessity. My town is due for Google Fiber fairly soon. In the meanwhile, when I pick my wife up at the hospital, I torrent farking everything I want from random workstation computers since KC has GF.


You know...over a significant part of the country, the same people that bring you cable TV are the same people that bring you broadband internet, right? So canceling TV subscription services still leaves you farked when it comes to internet usage, because it is the same company and same damn set of wires. Google Fiber is going to help few people in the near term.

/TW customer not looking forward to this merger
//tired of people saying "cancel cable!" when they mean subscription TV
//haven't had cable TV in 3+ years and I still pay a lot for crappy service, because there are no other options in my building
 
2014-03-20 08:05:15 AM

Brainsick: Snapper Carr: "Sen. Al Franken: Comcast buying Time Warner Cable could threaten 'open nature' of internet"

But PIPA's just dandy, right?


She's british-hot


/I'd throw her a bone


I would like her to sit on my penis with her front butt.
 
2014-03-20 08:40:17 AM

Agent Nick Fury: http://www.businessinsider.com/al-franken-tries-to-squeeze-campaign-d o nations-after-trashing-comcast-nbcu-merger-stance-2010-2


Holy crap! A politician is using issues to fund raise in an election cycle? My world-view has just been shattered.
 
2014-03-20 09:04:06 AM

orclover: StreetlightInTheGhetto: antidisestablishmentarianism: As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.

As a Comcast customer, I'm looking forward to the new ways they'll find to f--k me over. Their screwing over our customers department has been phoning it in and needs a shot in the arm.

Really pissed Google Fiber didn't have my city on the next shortlist. They have a goddamn office downtown, dammit!

I would knock on every damn door in my neighborhood just to have an alternative.

Austin is supposed to be one of the first cities to get Google Fiber.  We will never have it, ever.  TWC owns the south, all of it.  Absolutely farking owns it.  Absolute monopoly and absolute control and they will never ever give it up and will keep their political lackys in check to prevent their power from ever slipping in this region.  We will never ever have anything but TWC here.


How is it that Grande is in large parts of Austin and surrounding areas, then? I'm certain that if Grande can pull it off, Google can.
 
2014-03-20 09:05:31 AM

Agent Nick Fury: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Insider

Just to get in before the "I can't take that seriously" asses


Now post the diaper pic!
 
2014-03-20 09:31:01 AM

tungub: orclover: StreetlightInTheGhetto: antidisestablishmentarianism: As a TW customer, I am not looking forward to a merger.

As a Comcast customer, I'm looking forward to the new ways they'll find to f--k me over. Their screwing over our customers department has been phoning it in and needs a shot in the arm.

Really pissed Google Fiber didn't have my city on the next shortlist. They have a goddamn office downtown, dammit!

I would knock on every damn door in my neighborhood just to have an alternative.

Austin is supposed to be one of the first cities to get Google Fiber.  We will never have it, ever.  TWC owns the south, all of it.  Absolutely farking owns it.  Absolute monopoly and absolute control and they will never ever give it up and will keep their political lackys in check to prevent their power from ever slipping in this region.  We will never ever have anything but TWC here.

How is it that Grande is in large parts of Austin and surrounding areas, then? I'm certain that if Grande can pull it off, Google can.


Grande uses 100% time warner equipment unless you go for their T1 service (and honestly these days why would you?).  So even using their closest competitor you are still having to deal with Time Warner service outages and technicians, only the CSR's change and their CSR's have even less power over the equipment than the over paid, under trained Time Warner CSR who automatically says "i'm sorry" at the end of every sentence.  Killing is too good for TWC, we need to bring back the inquisition to deal with them.  I farking volunteer to lead the TWC employee roundup for free.
 
2014-03-20 09:35:58 AM
Subby needs a lesson in how to use quotation marks.
 
2014-03-20 09:45:36 AM
Comcast basically owns most of the Twin Cities cable market, the largest one within Sen. Franken's constituency. Comcast charges so ridiculously much for cable in the Twin Cities that it's obscene, and I realize that's not unique to the one market. Once we can get HBO and ESPN streaming without also needing to have them on cable, then I'm telling Cockcast "auf wiedersehen."

I like Mr Franken. I voted for him. But I want him to start taking a stand like he did on the airwaves back when he did that. So far, he's just a damp squib.
 
2014-03-20 09:45:55 AM
orclover: Grande uses 100% time warner equipment

That is wildly incorrect. They ran their own fiber.

robert
 
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