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FCC Loses Net Neutrality Battle Against Comcast
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News broke today that the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the FCC in a net neutrality case vs Comcast. The FCC had previously ordered Comcast to cease treating web traffic for different customers differently (which they had apparently done to slow down connections for users heavily engaged in bittorrent use).

GE/Comcast NBC Universal Deal Said to Be Complete

CNBC reports that the deal between GE and Comcast over a majority stake in NBC Universal is complete, and will likely be announced officially Thursday morning. This comes from what CNBC attributes as a "source close to the merger".

According to the report, GE and Comcast are waiting on Vivendi to sign an agreement, selling its 20% stake, which is worth about $5.8 billion. CNBC’s David Faber outlines the deal:

Could Hulu Potentially Harm Quality TV Shows?

There’s just one problem with the chart below:

Time Warner Cable Testing Online TV
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Time Warner Cable announced Thursday it is working with a number of networks to provide its customers with more online access to programming.

The networks involved in the upcoming trials of TV Everywhere include TBS, TNT, HBO, CBS, Syfy, BBC America, AMC, WE tv, Sundance Channel, Discovery and the Smithsonian Channel.

Last month Comcast began a similar test offering content from HBO and Cinemax online.

Cable Companies Take Advertisers’ Ads Online

National Cable Communications (NCC) and Mixpo have launched an initiative to let cable advertisers extend their TV commercials to the web. This is not aimed at creating pre/post roll video ads like you might think, but videos as display ads in place of traditional banners.

NCC is jointly owned by three of the largest cable companies – Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable. This makes up a good-sized chunk of television advertising in the US.

Comcast Adds HBO To Online Programming

Comcast has announced it will begin test broadcasting television and movie content from HBO and Cinemax online.

Comcast’s HBO and Cinemax customers will be able to access the content online via Comcast.net and Fancast.com. The HBO and Cinemax broadband services will initially provide 750 hours a month of programming and will grow over time.

Time Warner, Comcast To Offer Shows Online

Time Warner has partnered with Comcast to offer some of its television shows online for paying TV subscribers, while making it more difficult for non-subscribers to get access to programs for free.

FCC Chair Proposes Fifth Toothless Internet Principle

Michael Copps, who is sitting in as Interim FCC chairman in Kevin Martin’s absence until the approval of White House nominee Julius Genachowski, suggested a fifth Internet non-discrimination principle be added to the regulatory agency’s Internet Policy Statement.

FCC Questions Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating concerns that Comcast’s new network management practices gives priority to its own digital voice services while degrading the quality of its competitors.

In a letter sent to Comcast on Sunday, the FCC asked why the company had failed to disclose "the distinct effects Comcast’s new network management technique has on Comcast’s VoIP offering versus those if its competitors."

FCC Questions Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating concerns that Comcast’s new network management practices gives priority to its own digital voice services while degrading the quality of its competitors.

In a letter sent to Comcast on Sunday, the FCC asked why the company had failed to disclose "the distinct effects Comcast’s new network management technique has on Comcast’s VoIP offering versus those if its competitors."

FCC Questions Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating concerns that Comcast’s new network management practices gives priority to its own digital voice services while degrading the quality of its competitors.

In a letter sent to Comcast on Sunday, the FCC asked why the company had failed to disclose "the distinct effects Comcast’s new network management technique has on Comcast’s VoIP offering versus those if its competitors."

FCC Questions Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating concerns that Comcast’s new network management practices gives priority to its own digital voice services while degrading the quality of its competitors.

In a letter sent to Comcast on Sunday, the FCC asked why the company had failed to disclose "the distinct effects Comcast’s new network management technique has on Comcast’s VoIP offering versus those if its competitors."

Working Toward Activity Stream Standards
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In San Francisco last night, Six Apart (who recently launched data portability initiative Motion) hosted a roundtable to discuss the future of activity stream standards. In attendance were people from Google, Yahoo, MySpace, Facebook, Nokia, Plaxo, Comcast, and others.

Comcast Launches Faster Internet Service In Four New Markets

Comcast said today that it has launched its wideband Internet service in four more markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore and Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Lynsey Silvesti, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Comcast, told WebProNews that the roll out brings the company to its goal of reaching 10 major markets this year.

Comcast Rolls Out Faster Internet Service
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Comcast said today that it will begin rolling out ultra fast Internet service in some of its larger markets and will offer faster connections to all of its subscribers over the next two years.

The company said it will introduce its wideband Docsis 3.0 in the Boston region, Southern New Hampshire, as well as areas of Philadelphia and New Jersey. Comcast said it plans to continue to introduce its wideband in more than 10 major markets in the next several months.

Comcast Unveils Online Management Plan

Comcast has released details to U.S. regulators about how it will manage traffic on its high speed Internet network.

"As we previously announced in March, we are changing the way we manage network congestion by the end of this year.  The new technique does not manage congestion based on the protocol or application a consumer uses," Comcast said in a statement. 

Blog World Expo Las Vegas

 

I wonder how many people reading this blog right now work for a company that:

Comcast Appeals FCC Network Management Order
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Comcast has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission over its ruling that the company is mishandling some customers Internet traffic.

Comcast said in a filing Thursday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, that it would comply with the FCC decision, but its was appealing the decision and the findings that the company was in violation.

U.S. Getting Dominated in Internet Traffic

Last week, U.S. cable provider and ISP Comcast put a cap on monthly broadband use, and now there are reports surfacing that the U.S. in general is falling behind when it comes to Internet traffic. This is not a direct result of the Comcast situation, but with Comcast being the 2nd largest ISP in the country, it’s certainly not going to help.

Comcast Puts Cap On Monthly Broadband Use
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Comcast has announced it will restrict customer’s Internet usage starting October 1, in order to provide what it calls the best service to its subscribers.

Corn Farmers Against Google?

That anti-Net Neutrality op-ed you read by a respected author? How do you know he wrote it? That grassroots organization of plain folks you hadn’t ever heard of, all suddenly galvanized for a cause that, if not attained, has dire, dire consequences for everyone? How do you know it’s a real organization?

How do you know the organization, and the op-ed, weren’t created by LawMedia Group at the behest of some well-funded clients? If they did their jobs right, you don’t know.