The chairman and chief executive of Comcast, Brian Roberts, is looking to fortify his company for an increasingly competitive era [“CEO bulks up Comcast for the future,” Business / Technology, July 6]. I ask skeptically, “What competition?” I have little choice in the telecommunications, cable, Internet marketplace. DirecTV is hardly a good alternative. Both…More
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans that would put the neutrality of the Internet at risk by accepting Verizon’s version of the Net: Internet service providers (ISPs) charging extra to websites to ensure access — a threat to freedom of speech and information [“More
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…More
After reading Ann McFeatters’ column “Reining in Comcast’s appetite” [Opinion, March 21], I just have to say that I agree wholeheartedly. Comcast has got to be stopped. The very idea that we have to pay to watch TV in our own homes is ludicrous, and the cost is outrageous and getting worse. And, like…More
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…More
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.More