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LOL, no one cares about the Lamestream media.
These are dinosaurs compared to social media and shows/movies via the net.
Merge all they want, it's just more convenient when the last one dies.

It's like a starving creature devouring itself before it finally dies.
I'm happy to watch the mass media conglomerates devour themselves.
 
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Comcast made a public statement that said,
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Comcast and TWC are not competitors. Their service areas do not overlap.
Or something to that effect...I heard it on market place tech today, but they even went on to say that not one customer is give a choice between Comcast and TWC.

Is this true? If it is...I don't think there is any chance that this merger will be blocked.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

Comcast made a public statement that said,
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Comcast and TWC are not competitors. Their service areas do not overlap.
Or something to that effect...I heard it on market place tech today, but they even went on to say that not one customer is give a choice between Comcast and TWC.

Is this true? If it is...I don't think there is any chance that this merger will be blocked.

It's true, with very rare exception. Charter, Cox, Comcast and Time Warner try to stay as far away from one another as possible.

Think of it this way... In the US, there are 3 "layers" of internet in most places: Fibre, Cable, Phone line. Comcast and other cable companies split up the Cable backbone, AT&T and others split Phone, and Verizon and others split Fibre.

It's inefficient to lay more than one of the same line type in an area, so why bother? If Comcast is already in an area, Time Warner would have two choices: Rent lines from Comcast, or completely double up on the infrastructure. Both options will make them more expensive than Comcast, and thus unable to compete.

Not that some places don't overlap, but in established areas competition from the same type of company is rare. They're better off competing for new places if at all possible, and then it's down to who can get the better deal.
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I was thinking it was like that...I've never lived anywhere that I had a choice for cable...it would just be a choice of cable or DSL.

I think this deal is done...the only ammo for the opponents is going to be if it is decided that Comcast will have too much control over what they allow on their Internet. Like they could block Netflix in hopes to divert more business to NBC Universal for example and it would be perfectly legal.
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Am i the minority that likes Comcast. They have lowered my bill, upped my speed from 20 to 50mbits and rarely ever go down. I dont have a cap on my data and here is a pic of my usage. Im on my way to break 250 gigs this month.

I agree. I have my issues with Comcast sometimes but I'm always able to get upgraded for free. I just did the same thing, got upgraded from 25 to 50 mbps for free. Speedtest shows 57 mpbs. And the cap is not in place for me either (for now). I was over 250 GB the last 2 months and it looks like I will probably be over this month also.
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This is the first official mail I've gotten from TWC about the merge. It says near the end of this year, so maybe I'll get switched over to FiOS before then. tongue.gif
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