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July 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Time Warner-Comcast merger: What competition?

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…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Cable, Carla Barnes, Comcast

May 23, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Net neutrality: A market-driven idea to give discounts to users

Columnist Brier Dudley wrote that continuing with Internet neutrality is like taking general traffic lanes away for buses, making traffic worse for everyone ["Net neutrality more myth than reality?" Business/Technology, May 19]. In the Internet world, his analogy goes, the traffic comes chiefly from the demand for high-quality video delivered over the Internet. This…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Brier Dudley, FCC, Internet

April 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Open Internet: Access to the Internet isn’t free

The Seattle Times recent editorial “Don’t create toll booths on the Internet” [Opinion, April 27] seems to need a little more thinking. When you haveone company utilizing 30 percent or more of the available bandwidth for delivery, any Internet service provider (ISP) is going to find ways to offset the capital cost of provisioning services to…

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Comments | More in Internet | Topics: FCC, Internet, ISPs

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

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

August 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Millions remain unplugged from Internet

Ask a librarian The article about millions of people not plugged in to the Internet barely mentioned libraries. [“Web’s there, but millions in U.S. not plugging in,” page one, Aug. 19.] I have been at the downtown library at opening time. A crowd surges in and heads for the computers. I have seen people at the…

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Comments | More in Economy, Seattle, technology | Topics: access, Internet, library