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As all of the comments settle in with the FCC in its review of the pending Comcast–Time Warner merger proposal, several attracted media attention this week. The following appeared in a New York Times article.

- “Motive can and does inform credibility.”

“The significance of this extortion lies in not just the sheer audacity of some of the demands, but also the fact that each of the entities making the ‘ask’ has all but conceded that if its individual business interests are met, then it has no concern whatsoever about the state of the industry, supposed market power going forward, or harm to consumers, competitors or new entrants.”

Comments of Comcast executive vice president David Cohen and an excerpt from the company’s FCC filing on the proposed merger.

 

- “It is like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ Comcast has just become so powerful in media and distribution that it is somewhat scary and intimidating for other companies.”

Amy Young, media analyst with Macquarie Securities.

- “It is not extortion to demand that Comcast provides its own customers the broadband speeds they’ve paid for so they can enjoy Netflix. It is extortion when Comcast fails to provide its own customers the broadband speed they’ve paid for unless Netflix also pays a ransom.”

Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland.

- “Comcast’s silence on the details of key issues like program discounts, and instead, its continued strategy of intimidating voices that are not fully supportive of its position, is troubling.”

Discovery spokesman David Leavy.



The above is a quote from the September 26, 2014, issue of the PTA Friday Report. To view the full issue, please log into the Active Members Only Section of this site (telcos only) or contact sue.carter@patel.org to be added to the distribution list (members only)


 

 


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