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Richard Adhikari
John Oliver Explains 'Net Neutrality' With a Few Choice Words
06/03/14 1:06 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 636 Words

He painted Comcast's throttling Netflix's download speeds during negotiations as "a Mob shakedown."

However, the dynamic for the Internet so far has been best effort, Mike Jude, Stratecast program manager at Frost & Sullivan , told the E-Commerce Times.


Kris Holt
FCC Chair Changes Tune on Net Neutrality
05/12/14 2:31 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1076 Words

For example, Netflix recently agreed to pay Comcast extra fees to deliver streaming video at a better performance rate to customers. Netflix has publicly protested the arrangement but said essentially that it had no alternative in the absence of Net neutrality rules.

Kris Holt
Netflix Newbies Hit With Steeper Price
05/09/14 12:04 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 805 Words

Meanwhile, the company has agreed to deals with Internet service providers such as Comcast to improve the delivery of streaming video to customers. However, it seems Netflix had its arm twisted to enter those agreements, given its public spat with Comcast over...

Richard Adhikari
ISPs Put the Squeeze on Content Distributors, Level3 Charges
05/06/14 2:40 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 639 Words

Netflix in February agreed to pay Comcast for a direct connection to the latter's broadband networks after a bitter dispute. Google , Amazon and Yahoo have been doing so for some time.

Level3 said it wrote AT&T about this issue in 2011,...

Christopher J. Bucholtz
Adding Channels Won't Fix Broken Customer Service
03/07/14 9:59 PM PT | CRM Buyer | 672 Words

Prominent cases, like Comcast Cares and its use of Twitter, suggest that using newer media can solve systemic problems. That's an illusion.

In the Comcast Cares example, the company saw how dangerous it was to have angry customers venting their anger where...

Jeff Kagan
TV Industry Disruption: Aereo's Threat and Promise
01/24/13 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 823 Words

Scary Times
Until relatively recently, cable television providers like Comcast , Time Warner and Cox really had no competition, so they grew. Satellite companies like Dish Network and DirecTV entered the field and chipped away a little bit of their...

Jeff Kagan
Why Verizon Was Allowed to Buy Wireless Spectrum and AT&T Wasn't
08/23/12 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1158 Words

It was not an acquisition, but still Verizon and Comcast had taken this way too far. Example: You could walk into a Verizon Wireless store and buy Comcast television.

Two arch competitors now playing nice? That is not good for the competitive...

Richard Adhikari
FCC Gives ISPs Gold Star for Keeping Speed Promises
07/20/12 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 639 Words

Fourteen companies were monitored -- AT&T , Cablevision, CenturyLink , Charter, Comcast , Cox, Frontier, Insight, Mediacom, Qwest, TimeWarner, Verizon Fiber, Verizon DSL and Windstream .

Their download speeds were measured both on a 24/7 basis and during peak hours --...

Peter Suciu
Microsoft, NBC Part Ways
07/16/12 11:59 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 776 Words

This ends the partnership between Microsoft and NBC News, which is now owned by Comcast . In 2005, Microsoft sold its stake in the MSNBC cable channel to NBC, and it now will sell its 50 percent interest in the website for an...

Erika Morphy
Verizon Plays 'Unconstitutional' Card in Net Neutrality Fight
07/05/12 8:49 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 663 Words

In Comcast Corp. v. FCC , which was decided in 2010, before the FCC issued its current rules, a federal court found that the FCC had exceeded its authority in trying to rein in Comcast's Internet activities.

Verizon's appeal is a challenge...

Erika Morphy
DoJ May Put Kibosh on Cable Cos.' Data Caps
06/14/12 12:00 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 758 Words

... Department of Justice is investigating whether cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner are violating antitrust rules through practices that limit their broadband customers' access to online video, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing anonymous sources. The Justice Department...

Paul Hartsock
iPad 2 Is Everywhere and Nowhere
03/19/11 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2146 Words

This echoes a rule Comcast instituted a couple years ago for its own broadband subscribers. AT&T's plan follows similar lines in terms of the amount it's giving users -- both carriers max you out at 250 GB per month for their cable...

Paul Hartsock
On the Eve of iPhone, Verizon Cinches the Throttle
02/05/11 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2527 Words

If you're a Net neutrality booster, the word "throttling" might have just given you flashbacks to a few years ago when Comcast was caught throttling heavy BitTorrent users. But remember that Comcast did emerge from that case without too many cuts or...

Christopher J. Bucholtz
Become a Social Service Revolutionary Today
01/27/11 5:00 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 752 Words

A Step Beyond Social PR
Comcast Cares is an example of what CRM Essentials President Brent Leary deemed "Social PR." Although the use of Twitter helps the company respond quickly to customer issues, it's not part of a larger effort...

Sidney Hill
Political Nerves Derail Net Neutrality Bill
09/30/10 11:11 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 766 Words

The lawsuit stemmed from an FCC order to stop Comcast from blocking certain transmissions from BitTorrent, a popular file-sharing site . Comcast argued that blocking those transmissions constituted good network management because they were hogging network space, slowing service for other customers.

Jeff Kagan
Who in the Wireless World Is Philip Falcone?
07/22/10 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1085 Words

Cable television companies like Comcast and Time Warner failed when they tried to offer Sprint wireless phones a few years ago. How will Harbinger do better with no retail experience and no customers?

That's what many are asking, and it is...

Paul Hartsock
Twitter's New Flight Plan
04/17/10 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2856 Words

Stay on Target
A few weeks ago, when a federal court sided with Comcast over the FCC -- effectively un-smackdowning the smackdown that the commission issued many months ago for the cable company's practice of throttling chronic BitTorrent users --...

Richard Adhikari
FCC Testing Tool May Out ISPs' Bogus Speed Claims
03/12/10 12:27 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 697 Words

In response to an FCC call seeking a definition for broadband that the agency sent out in August of 2009, Verizon , AT&T and Comcast asked it to lower the bar on broadband. They wanted the FCC to peg broadband transmissions as...

Jack M. Germain
Latest Opera Browser a Bit Off Key
01/04/10 6:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 818 Words

This version of Opera does not play well with the Comcast email service. Comcast is my ISP (Internet Service Provider), which uses the Zimbra application from Yahoo.com.

After logging on to my Comcast mail account, the ISP redirects the URL to a...

Mark Angel
The Social Piece of the Customer Service Puzzle
12/17/09 4:00 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 1396 Words

Comcast is also successfully moderating a community through its Comcast Cares Twitter profile. Social pioneer Frank Eliason established the community a few years back to address the overwhelmingly negative customer feedback the company was receiving across the social network . Because its...

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