Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Time)   Comcast policy chief who claims to have heard no "rational, objectionable voices" to their merger with Time Warner Cable must have his cable out at home, will need to wait for a tech between 12-4pm   (time.com ) divider line
    More: Asinine, Time Warner Cable, Time Warner, Comcast, David L. Cohen, mergers, SNL Kagan, combined company, market power  
•       •       •

4022 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Apr 2014 at 2:54 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



60 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2014-04-03 02:18:56 PM  
Yes, yes.  The thousands of consumers that hate this idea really don't know what they are talking about, talk to the guy who is set to make millions, he is the most dispassionate voice of reason in this debate.
 
2014-04-03 02:55:36 PM  
Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider
 
2014-04-03 02:58:10 PM  
He's heard plenty of objections, just none that he considers "rational".

As in: "anyone who objects to this merger for any reason is clearly irrational."

/profit
 
2014-04-03 02:58:57 PM  
I think he has found many of the voices "objectionable", subby.
 
2014-04-03 03:01:10 PM  

cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider


I liked TWC when we lived in NYC. The service was good, no complaints.

Now we have Comcast in California, and the X1 box is pretty snazzy and all, but we've had tons of service issues.

Anecdotal, I know, but this merger can't be good for anyone but Comcast.
 
2014-04-03 03:01:13 PM  
"This transaction is all about increasing competition and creating more consumer benefit as a result of gaining additional scale,"

One of your competitors is being absorbed, how does that increase competition?
 
2014-04-03 03:01:52 PM  
Two shiatty companies merging together, what's not to like?
 
2014-04-03 03:02:37 PM  
So we're not even going to call into question the objectivity of TIME magazine, who is a subsidiary of the same parent company who owns TIME Warner Cable, one of the parties who stands to benefit from this deal?
 
2014-04-03 03:03:06 PM  
How could this possibly go wrong? Just look at the great success they had with AOL!
 
2014-04-03 03:03:21 PM  
Hey. Comcast gives 2hr appointment windows, Liemitter.

You must be DirectTV guy.


//this merger is a turrible idea.
 
2014-04-03 03:03:55 PM  

ZekeMacNeil: "This transaction is all about increasing competition and creating more consumer benefit as a result of gaining additional scale,"

One of your competitors is being absorbed, how does that increase competition?


There is one point that is debatable, and that is the fact that internet infrastructure will be centralized. Under Comcast, however, I think it would be a terrible idea since they tend not to appreciate what they already have.
 
2014-04-03 03:06:36 PM  
The wife and I are on the hunt for our first home.  We live in NoVa, so FiOS is bountiful...but there are pockets around here that lack access to it.  One of the items in my "Must have" column is FiOS.  I've had Craptastic!, Cox, and TWC...and all have been abysmal...especially Comcast.

I absolutely refuse to purchase a home that does not have FiOS.
 
2014-04-03 03:08:33 PM  

Endive Wombat: The wife and I are on the hunt for our first home.  We live in NoVa, so FiOS is bountiful...but there are pockets around here that lack access to it.  One of the items in my "Must have" column is FiOS.  I've had Craptastic!, Cox, and TWC...and all have been abysmal...especially Comcast.

I absolutely refuse to purchase a home that does not have FiOS.


We have come to a point in society where internet access is just as important as having a good school in choosing where to live. Isn't that funny?
 
2014-04-03 03:09:41 PM  

Endive Wombat: The wife and I are on the hunt for our first home.  We live in NoVa, so FiOS is bountiful...but there are pockets around here that lack access to it.  One of the items in my "Must have" column is FiOS.  I've had Craptastic!, Cox, and TWC...and all have been abysmal...especially Comcast.

I absolutely refuse to purchase a home that does not have FiOS.


I'm actually surprised Google Fiber isn't looking at NoVa as another market to get into.
 
2014-04-03 03:23:37 PM  
Well, here's hoping Justice kills the deal, not that I am an interested party anymore.  Cable recently got to be too expensive for me.  Don't imagine a lack of competitors in the market will change that anytime soon.
 
2014-04-03 03:27:01 PM  
Honestly, this is just another step on the way to a cyberpunk future, where you have to snap a few corporate suckers' necks with your cyberlimbs to jack into the real net.

More cable monopolies and oligarchs.  I can't wait for a dystopian future where we have to overthrow them.
 
2014-04-03 03:28:21 PM  
Don't worry, you guys. The government is on it:

"The Justice Department is examining the proposed deal to make sure it doesn't violate antitrust law, along with more than two dozen state attorneys general who have joined a multi-state group reviewing the transaction. The merger also faces scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission, which is charged with ensuring that the deal serves the public interest."

See? No worries. They've done a fantastic job so far of protecting our rights and making sure we don't get screwed by gigantic corporations. I say we let them handle this and stop getting all up in their grill about the merger of the country's largest cable provider with the country's second-largest cable provider. We can always trust corporations to do the right thing, and now that they have the legal right to make even bigger campaign contributions to politicians, I'm sure that won't change.
 
2014-04-03 03:31:40 PM  

Begoggle: Two shiatty companies merging together, what's not to like?


A turd sandwich turning into a giant douche.
 
Oak
2014-04-03 03:33:30 PM  
I was a Comcast customer when I lived in Chicago, between 1993 and 2011.

Moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and became a TWC customer.

Comcast was better at  everything than TWC is.

/anecdote
//Looking forward to the merger, though
 
2014-04-03 03:34:34 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Don't worry, you guys. The government is on it:


Would it be possible to approve the merger with a caveat that certain benchmarks have to be met to "prove" the veracity of the claims they're making about it?

Like, "OK, go ahead and merge, but if your service hasn't gotten measurably better, we're going to split you back up, Ma Bell style"?

// no idea how you'd even measure that, or how to prevent "teaching to the test"
 
2014-04-03 03:41:01 PM  

ZekeMacNeil: "This transaction is all about increasing competition and creating more consumer benefit as a result of gaining additional scale,"

One of your competitors is being absorbed, how does that increase competition?


Because reasons obviously. Don't be so ignorant.
 
2014-04-03 03:41:33 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: Don't worry, you guys. The government is on it:

"The Justice Department is examining the proposed deal to make sure it doesn't violate antitrust law, along with more than two dozen state attorneys general who have joined a multi-state group reviewing the transaction. The merger also faces scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission, which is charged with ensuring that the deal serves the public interest."

See? No worries. They've done a fantastic job so far of protecting our rights and making sure we don't get screwed by gigantic corporations. I say we let them handle this and stop getting all up in their grill about the merger of the country's largest cable provider with the country's second-largest cable provider. We can always trust corporations to do the right thing, and now that they have the legal right to make even bigger campaign contributions to politicians, I'm sure that won't change.


What's a "corporation"? (I thought they were people now. Like soylent green.)
 
2014-04-03 03:44:51 PM  

czetie: I think he has found many of the voices "objectionable", subby.


Since the only voices he listens to are inside his head, maybe we should adjust his meds?
 
2014-04-03 03:47:25 PM  
drumhellar:

//this merger is a turrible idea.

Why?
/seriously asking
 
2014-04-03 03:57:37 PM  
TWC never gave me anyting like the real world speeds I was paying for, and the bill was ridiculous .  I doubt Comcast is looking to make any service improvements.  I'm pretty sure the only ISP in America that gives you the speeds you pay for is Google fiber and they're not here, yet.
 
2014-04-03 04:03:40 PM  
If a market doesn't have at least 3 viable broadband providers, there's not enough competition.

Everybody knows this.
 
2014-04-03 04:06:15 PM  
But of course. Look at it from Comcast's perspective: people who object to the merger are, by definition, irrational. Therefore, their complaints cannot be rational. QED.
 
2014-04-03 04:07:45 PM  

cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider


Seems to vary pretty heavily by market.

They're pretty good by me. We used to have neighborhood node issues during primetime but they upgraded everything a few months back.
 
2014-04-03 04:07:50 PM  

ZekeMacNeil: "This transaction is all about increasing competition and creating more consumer benefit as a result of gaining additional scale,"

One of your competitors is being absorbed, how does that increase competition?


Shut your pie hole and listen to the narrative, not the facts!
 
2014-04-03 04:08:01 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: If a market doesn't have at least 3 viable broadband providers, there's not enough competition.

Everybody knows this.


Technically every city has three broadband providers: cable, DSL, and cellular
 
2014-04-03 04:08:52 PM  
I don't see an issue at all.

I don't know how it really changes anything.
 
2014-04-03 04:09:40 PM  

Jaws_Victim: ZekeMacNeil: "This transaction is all about increasing competition and creating more consumer benefit as a result of gaining additional scale,"

One of your competitors is being absorbed, how does that increase competition?

Shut your pie hole and listen to the narrative, not the facts!


How many areas has the option of both Comcast and Time Warner right now?
 
2014-04-03 04:10:15 PM  

CmndrFish: cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider

Seems to vary pretty heavily by market.

They're pretty good by me. We used to have neighborhood node issues during primetime but they upgraded everything a few months back.


I personally have never had any issues with TWC. I understand that networks aren't up 24/7/365 and there is to be expected some network problems, but when that happens, it doesn't last long.

Just my personal experience.
 
2014-04-03 04:11:42 PM  

cman: Marcus Aurelius: If a market doesn't have at least 3 viable broadband providers, there's not enough competition.

Everybody knows this.

Technically every city has three broadband providers: cable, DSL, and cellular


What about fiber and satellite?
 
2014-04-03 04:13:25 PM  

durbnpoisn: cman: Marcus Aurelius: If a market doesn't have at least 3 viable broadband providers, there's not enough competition.

Everybody knows this.

Technically every city has three broadband providers: cable, DSL, and cellular

What about fiber and satellite?


Thou beest right
 
2014-04-03 04:18:07 PM  
Don't know how it is in other cities but here Comcast is the Only broadband service available. Verizon came right out a few years ago and said they have "No Plans" to run FIOS into the city. Doubtless this is due to the city being much poorer than the more affluent counties. The only other option is DSL, my former connection only topped out at 1.3Mbps on a Good day. I just got the Basic 3Mbps cable a few months ago which is good enough for me. I Refuse to pay any more than $50 for Internet only. I'll cut off completely if they want any more and that will be that. I'll tell everyone to start Mailing my bills back to me again. Wireless? No, besides their Data Caps, I'm lucky to get One bar on my phone at home which is why I still haven't cut my landline. My TV comes on Dish which I'm still sold on after at least 20yrs now. Welcome to the Future, but only if you have enough Money.
 
2014-04-03 04:25:21 PM  

cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider


I have no issues with them other than they make me come in to negotiate new pricing once a year when they try to anally violate me. Service wise mine kicks ass and I want it to stay that way thus I oppose this merger cause Comcast service sucks and they limit bandwidth.
 
2014-04-03 04:26:51 PM  

xxmedium: Endive Wombat: The wife and I are on the hunt for our first home.  We live in NoVa, so FiOS is bountiful...but there are pockets around here that lack access to it.  One of the items in my "Must have" column is FiOS.  I've had Craptastic!, Cox, and TWC...and all have been abysmal...especially Comcast.

I absolutely refuse to purchase a home that does not have FiOS.

I'm actually surprised Google Fiber isn't looking at NoVa as another market to get into.


I gotta tell you, I am genuinely surprised that they have not done anything yet.  There is a ton of money around here, they can get away with charging a lot (hope they wouldn't though), and there are more datacenters around here than...well, I don't know what...but there are a lot.
 
2014-04-03 04:28:58 PM  

durbnpoisn: cman: Marcus Aurelius: If a market doesn't have at least 3 viable broadband providers, there's not enough competition.

Everybody knows this.

Technically every city has three broadband providers: cable, DSL, and cellular

What about fiber and satellite?


There are massive chunks of the country without fiber, unfortunately. Because we give all of the telecoms virtual monopolies, there's little incentive to roll out FTTP. And when it is rolled out, it's normally at ridiculous prices.

And, given the price and technical limitations of satellite, it's not a viable competitor to the others. Great for rural when you have no option, but the latency makes it a subpar product when there are alternatives.

Internet in America makes me sad :(
 
2014-04-03 04:29:19 PM  

Endive Wombat: I gotta tell you, I am genuinely surprised that they have not done anything yet.  There is a ton of money around here, they can get away with charging a lot (hope they wouldn't though), and there are more datacenters around here than...well, I don't know what...but there are a lot.


It's probably local gov'ts being a stumbling block.

The cheap part is running the lines... the expensive part is getting all of the approvals (and bribes) through
 
2014-04-03 04:51:10 PM  
I'm cancelling TWC this month due to the high cost of internet only service. Here's to hoping I can get by on 5G a month from my cell provider.
 
2014-04-03 04:52:27 PM  
Did he have his fingers in his ears going "Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalala"?
 
2014-04-03 04:56:40 PM  

CmndrFish: durbnpoisn: cman: Marcus Aurelius: If a market doesn't have at least 3 viable broadband providers, there's not enough competition.

Everybody knows this.

Technically every city has three broadband providers: cable, DSL, and cellular

What about fiber and satellite?

There are massive chunks of the country without fiber, unfortunately. Because we give all of the telecoms virtual monopolies, there's little incentive to roll out FTTP. And when it is rolled out, it's normally at ridiculous prices.

And, given the price and technical limitations of satellite, it's not a viable competitor to the others. Great for rural when you have no option, but the latency makes it a subpar product when there are alternatives.

Internet in America makes me sad :(


Speaking of satellite...  I have never had any service on satellite myself.  But every time I've ever seen it in action, be it radio, TV, or internet, it's constantly phasing in and out like a simple cloud is enough to disrupt it.  I mean, to such a ludicrous degree that I don't know how the hell anyone could stand it!
If that's your only option, I do feel sorry for you...
 
2014-04-03 05:01:35 PM  

cman: CmndrFish: cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider

Seems to vary pretty heavily by market.

They're pretty good by me. We used to have neighborhood node issues during primetime but they upgraded everything a few months back.

I personally have never had any issues with TWC. I understand that networks aren't up 24/7/365 and there is to be expected some network problems, but when that happens, it doesn't last long.

Just my personal experience.


I had TWC from 2001 to the beginning of this year. It wasn't the service that bothered me so much as the fact that my prices would rise 5% every year, and I never got a goddamned thing for it. It was just "fark you, Rumpelstiltskin. We know you don't have any choices, so give us more money." They wouldn't even throw me another 100MB of email storage. They even charged me more for HD, even after the whole farking world went to HD. I couldn't even get OTA channels in HD from those assholes without paying extra. In a little more than ten years, my rates rose almost 75% and I got fark-all. Then Google comes in and offers me faster internet and more TV channels for less money, and TWC is my friend all of the sudden, offering me deals to please not sign up. Because they were ripping me off with those rate increases, and those cocksuckers knew it. They could have cut a third off my farking bill, and the only change at TWC headquarters would be that one fewer cocksucker got a bonus he never did a goddamned thing for. Except say, "I need a bonus. Raise Rumpelstiltkin's rate, and if he complains, tell him to fark off because I want his money." Someone said that every farking year. Don't tell me that's capitalism, don't tell me their costs went up, don't tell me it's anything more than TWC bought me from some piece of shiat politicians who promised TWC they could fark me over forever. Because that's the truth.
 
2014-04-03 05:05:08 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: cman: CmndrFish: cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider

Seems to vary pretty heavily by market.

They're pretty good by me. We used to have neighborhood node issues during primetime but they upgraded everything a few months back.

I personally have never had any issues with TWC. I understand that networks aren't up 24/7/365 and there is to be expected some network problems, but when that happens, it doesn't last long.

Just my personal experience.

I had TWC from 2001 to the beginning of this year. It wasn't the service that bothered me so much as the fact that my prices would rise 5% every year, and I never got a goddamned thing for it. It was just "fark you, Rumpelstiltskin. We know you don't have any choices, so give us more money." They wouldn't even throw me another 100MB of email storage. They even charged me more for HD, even after the whole farking world went to HD. I couldn't even get OTA channels in HD from those assholes without paying extra. In a little more than ten years, my rates rose almost 75% and I got fark-all. Then Google comes in and offers me faster internet and more TV channels for less money, and TWC is my friend all of the sudden, offering me deals to please not sign up. Because they were ripping me off with those rate increases, and those cocksuckers knew it. They could have cut a third off my farking bill, and the only change at TWC headquarters would be that one fewer cocksucker got a bonus he never did a goddamned thing for. Except say, "I need a bonus. Raise Rumpelstiltkin's rate, and if he complains, tell him to fark off because I want his money." Someone said that every farking year. Don't tell me that's capitalism, don't tell me their costs went up, don't tell me it's anything more than TWC bought me from some piece of shiat politicians who promised TWC they could fark me over forever. Because that's the truth.


And its coming back to bite them in the ass

Cable TV is dying and they know it. Internet TV is taking its place. There is only so much longer cable companies will be able to fark people up the ass. Its called the Free Market, and cable operators are about to learn what happens when you piss off consumers.
 
2014-04-03 05:16:55 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-04-03 05:19:31 PM  

cman: rumpelstiltskin: cman: CmndrFish: cman: Am I the only person in America who actually likes TWC?

A merger with Comcast would really destroy my confidence in my cable provider

Seems to vary pretty heavily by market.

They're pretty good by me. We used to have neighborhood node issues during primetime but they upgraded everything a few months back.

I personally have never had any issues with TWC. I understand that networks aren't up 24/7/365 and there is to be expected some network problems, but when that happens, it doesn't last long.

Just my personal experience.

I had TWC from 2001 to the beginning of this year. It wasn't the service that bothered me so much as the fact that my prices would rise 5% every year, and I never got a goddamned thing for it. It was just "fark you, Rumpelstiltskin. We know you don't have any choices, so give us more money." They wouldn't even throw me another 100MB of email storage. They even charged me more for HD, even after the whole farking world went to HD. I couldn't even get OTA channels in HD from those assholes without paying extra. In a little more than ten years, my rates rose almost 75% and I got fark-all. Then Google comes in and offers me faster internet and more TV channels for less money, and TWC is my friend all of the sudden, offering me deals to please not sign up. Because they were ripping me off with those rate increases, and those cocksuckers knew it. They could have cut a third off my farking bill, and the only change at TWC headquarters would be that one fewer cocksucker got a bonus he never did a goddamned thing for. Except say, "I need a bonus. Raise Rumpelstiltkin's rate, and if he complains, tell him to fark off because I want his money." Someone said that every farking year. Don't tell me that's capitalism, don't tell me their costs went up, don't tell me it's anything more than TWC bought me from some piece of shiat politicians who promised TWC they could fark me over forever. Because that's the truth.

And ...


It's not going to bite them too hard as long as they own a lot of the pipes used to watch internet TV.  That's part of the problem here.
 
2014-04-03 05:21:20 PM  
TWC recently bought out Insight Communications here in Southern Indiana. Prices skyrocketed while quality and service went down. Comcrap is about the same from what I hear from friends/family in the Indianapolis area.

I pay my grandmother's bills, since she's not doing well after a surgery, her cable bill has nearly doubled since TWC came to the area. Meanwhile she's got extra channels and packages added onto her account that she didn't have before and they won't take them off. We've called umpteen times about premium channels she's paying for but doesn't watch nor want, "Oh we're sorry about that, we'll get those taken right off", next billing cycle they're still on there. Which begs the question about WHY they added them on without calling her in the first place.

The picture quality of the cable service is worse. Nothing at all has changed, but with Insight her TV's were crystal clear HD. Now, they're very fuzzy and seem to ghost along in the background. Definitely not worth $200/mo.

At this point I am trying to convince her to cancel her cable bill, but ermagerd no, she's got to have that farking Faux News to watch 24/7. I think she'd be happier not watching that drivel all day, and she'd save $200 a month as a bonus.
 
2014-04-03 05:21:22 PM  
Should it be a surprise when an exec says whatever his company is doing is "good/great/fantastic?" It's only real news if the exec doesn't say those things.
 
2014-04-03 05:24:41 PM  

TheHumanCannonball: Should it be a surprise when an exec says whatever his company is doing is "good/great/fantastic?" It's only real news if the exec doesn't say those things.


It's even less surprising when the media source reporting it is connected to one of the companies involved.
 
Displayed 50 of 60 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter






In Other Media
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report