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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Internet
April 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Comcast-Time Warner: Content and device providers hold the cards

The proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner highlights the vast gap between the world the broadband industry’s critics imagine and the real world in which these companies compete [“Comcast-Time Warner merger would be a calamity,” Editorials, Feb. 18]. Device, app and content companies are capturing most of the benefits created by Internet service…

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0 Comments | More in Internet, Media | Topics: Apple, Comcast, Google

March 5, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Net neutrality: Reclassify ISPs as Common Carriers

The Internet scarcely even existed 25 years ago, yet we all now depend on it [“FCC won’t appeal ruling on Internet neutrality,” Business / Technolgoy, Feb. 19]. What an amazing change in a single generation. And now, while our attention is being distracted by foolishness in Washington, D.C., the wide-open information on the Internet…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Federal Communications Commission, Internet Service Providers, net neutrality

February 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Comcast-Time Warner: Break the monopoly and provide cheaper, faster service

The Times’ editorial, “Comcast-Time Warner merger would be a calamity” [Opinion, Feb. 18], rightly points out the unintended consequences of such a merger. Some additional perspectives: Comcast service is already ridiculously expensive at $114.95 per month (for their “best buy” most popular high-speed package). Consider that in Kansas City, Google provides 1 gigabit per…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Cable, Comcast, Google

February 10, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Seattle must fix rules impeding next-generation broadband

A recent guest column by the executive director of the cable industry’s Broadband Communications Association of Washington raises some vital points about Seattle’s Internet infrastructure [“Why Seattle does not need to build a broadband network,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. While the opinion was mainly accurate, not all neighborhoods in Seattle have good Internet service options….

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: CenturyLink, Internet, Mayor Ed Murray

February 7, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Broadband: Pursue what’s best for the city; charge providers

Pursue what’s best for the city, not Comcast

Thank you guest columnist Ron Main for explaining why I need Comcast to continue to provide me with slow, often unreliable Internet access at a very high cost [“Why Seattle does not need to build a broadband network,” Opinion, Feb. 5].

He justifies his argument against city involvement, in part, by claiming that 95 percent of city and state residents don’t avail themselves of Comcast’s “higher” speed offerings — so ergo, they don’t care about “fiber to home” access. He conveniently neglects to mention that Comcast charges high dollars for these increased speeds — a self-fulfilling prophecy if there ever was one.

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Beverly Marcus, Comcast, Internet

February 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Open Internet: Regulatory bodies beholden to those they regulate

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

The Opinion pages on Sunday provided a great background on the raging battle over the future of access to information in the U.S.

Chuck Aaron’s piece [“The day we lost the Internet, Opinion, Feb. 1] outlined the current state of affairs and the dangers that lie ahead for affordable access to information for the public if the FCC rolls over on this.

Then we have Michael K. Powell’s explanation of how good we have it under the thumb of Comcast, Time Warner, et al. [“U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’, Northwest Voices, Feb. 2].

Ostensibly, the role of the various regulatory agencies — USDA, FDA, FCC, etc. — is to protect the interests of the commons, perhaps for the cause of a more perfect union.

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Chuck Aaron, FCC, Mark Ryan

February 2, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Net neutrality: U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’

Your editorial on the recent net neutrality decision [“FCC must protect Internet users, net neutrality,” Opinion, Jan. 15] misses a few important points. First, by most measures, the U.S. is a world leader in broadband. We have the most affordable entry-level pricing; are one of only two countries with three competing broadband technologies; and…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: broadband, FCC, Internet

January 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

My own research into Yelp doesn’t back up extortion claims

To test guest columnist Terry Thomas’ claims [“What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?” Opinion, Jan. 16] that the reviews are biased based on sponsorship, I did a quick search for businesses that were offering “Yelp Deals.” This is something the consumer must purchase through Yelp, and a…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Susan Chang, Terry Thomas, Yelp

January 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Yelp: No evidence of extortion by Yelp

Terry Thomas’ guest column, “What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?” [Opinion, Jan. 16] and the letter from Nete Olsen, “I’ve also been extorted by the online reviews site” [Northwest Voices, Jan. 21] rehash a conspiracy theory that lacks evidence (see: Woozle effect) and has been debunked by an independent…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Vince Sollitto, Yelp