Breaking: Comcast-NBC Deal Receives Federal Approval

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pimonger

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Ceadderman

Just one more reason Obama is a detriment to this country.

Not only is the internet subject to cablization, but wait and see the other networks are going to get swallowed up in comcast's bid to destroy netflix and other internet streaming companies. They know that Cable is dead and they'll do anything they can to subjugate the consumer to their whims.

The internet isn't free, but dam it doesn't have to be overrun by dictatorial companies either. If you think I'm off my rocker, just look back to the last World Series not even 4 months in the books. The East Coast was held hostage by a bitter Comcast dispute with Fox. One that really didn't affect me at the time, but had I lived in the zone of conflict would not have been able to legally view the action.

Comcast needs to be broken up now before they can destroy the fabric of competition. Ala Ma Bell.

Can't do anything about Obama but we can at least voice our concerns over the Gestapo like tactics of Comcast.

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jgrimoldy

You claim that Obama is a detriment to this country.  Compared to John McCain/Palin?  Puhleeeze! 

You say that Comcast needs to be broken up.  That's definitely not a right-wing opinion.  Where the heck are you on the political spectrum?  Tea bagger?

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tekknyne

The FCC was paid off. The justice department was paid off. (speculation of course). I'm moving to France where no one-person owns the internet.

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greysonbotts

 

A big disappointment today: The FCC and the Department of Justice have signed off on the Comcast/NBC merger, paving the way for a single enormous media conglomerate to obtain unprecedented control over the flow of information in our country.

I’ll be candid with you: This is an awful development for those of us who care about media consolidation. It will restrict your freedom of choice and raise your cable and Internet bills. And it could pave the way for even more media mergers and even less room for independent voices in the media.

But the fight’s not over. We’re building a grassroots movement to stand up to the special interests and stand up for middle class consumers. And every time an American learns more about what’s at stake in this fight, our movement grows stronger.

http://blog.alfranken.com/2011/01/18/comcastnbc-approved-but-the-fight-isnt-over/

 

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Ceadderman

Franken is a hypocritical Doosh.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Sooner or later, some presidential administration is going to try Comcast for antitrust. They are very often the only cable provider in many towns across America, wiping out smaller cable compaines/buying them out. They even take away business from the bigger cable provider businesses. Every presidential administration has different ways of dealing with antitrust law; some are lax, some are strict. But if Comcast ever gets tried for antitrust, it will be as big or even bigger than the antitrust suit against Microsoft.

Since NBC is not a cable provider, this is not contributing to a monopoly, but think about how Comcast is the ONLY choice in quite a few towns and cities, because of buyouts and closures due to their competition.

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festiva_man

Antitrust suits happen all the time.  These suits obviously don't hurt companies too bad.  Intel is still in business and running strong.  Microsoft owns a large portion of the food we intake on a daily basis; so they obviously aren't hurting at all. 

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Ceadderman

Actually Antitrust lawsuits do hurt. Bell telephone was taken down because of Antitrust and broken up into many pieces. It's the reason we have(or had) companies like MCI, Sprint, Nextell, AT&T etc. ... Before then there was only ONE company you could deal with for your phone company. Ma Bell. On top of that they sold phones and if you had a line issue they could charge you a surcharge for operating a non Bell recognized phone on their lines even if there was NOTHING wrong with said phone.

People think that Microsoft was AntiTrust? They were nothing compared to Ma Bell.

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Nimrod

I dont like the fact that the govrenment is going to make it a requirment that you submit to a thumb scan and a facial scan in order to log into the internet.

 

A giant content producer merging with a giant content provider. I think that maybe torrent sites are not long for this world. Illegal or not.

 

By By Naruto fan subs!

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Stockislander

all in all, just another brick in the wall

meet the new boss, same as the old boss

etc.

Brits understand... monarchies are a way of life over there.

 

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festiva_man

The government keeps giving more and more powers to corporations for a reason; corporations will eventually be the government.  Evolution of government in the works while we watch.  Not a big party line issue because both sides support this.  Corporations do not adhere to The Constitution and corporations damn sure don't care about human rights.  Wait and see; notice Wal-Mart is exempt from the healthcare bill....there is a reason for that.  Meet your new overlords.  Before you shout conspiracy wacko just think about what I am saying.

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Atomike

"Not a big party line issue because both sides support this."

Not quite accurate. One party is intent on making the Federal Government as big as possible. One is not. I'm guessing your not American? Folks over here all know the the Democrats will stop at nothing to make the Federal Government control everything. Literally. It's common knowlege over here. Most newly elected Republicans won specifically because of their desire to shrink the Governement. To say otherwise is either ignorant, or dishonest.

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jgrimoldy

This sounds like you're just quoting the party rhetoric.  I gotta disagree.

Shortly after Boehner was sworn in, he said, "Our spending has caught up with us.  No longer can we kick the can down the road."  Brian Williams (NBC) asked him to name a government program that we could do without.  Boehner's response, "I don't think I have one off the top of my head."

How can the leader of the Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives not know what he wants to cut?  Is it that he's that ill-prepared, or that he just doesn't want to go on record.  I'm not sure which is worse.

It's the Republicans that want to control who marries who, and a woman's access to an abortion.  It's the Republicans that don't want you smoking dope in California.  It's the right-wing that wants our kids to read redacted copies of Huck Finn.  It's the right that thinks that teaching Intelligent Design to our children is okay.  It's the right that foisted the nighmare of "No Child Left Behind" on us. 

Dude, this doesn't sound like smaller government at all.  Nope, not at all...

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Ceadderman

And yet Obama keeps pouring Miracle Grow over Government. Even more than George Dubya did. 

ALSO, NCLB is a bill(an addendum to Johnson's '68 bill) not a wing of government. It was still overseen by the same office that had been in place since Lyndon Baines Johnson enacted the initial Bill to guarantee equal rights to minority students during the Civil Rights movement.

Bill Clinton enacted "Don't Ask Don't Tell" which was already in place(I know this to be fact since I'm a pre Clinton Veteran) only he gave it an official title.

Intelligent Design? As opposed to Darwin's Law? A theory that has neither been proven nor disproven? But yet historical proof has been shown time and again that Biblical references have some basis in FACT and have occurred. Man is at fault for the word of God being embelished upon. God could be an alien from a far flung galaxy for all we know. But it's funny how the Liberal Left have PC'ed this country into being full of simple minded wimps. There cannot be a God for if there were, then it means...

I'm not Religious btw. But I sure a hell find those that are hell bent on tearing down the fabric of society to be excessively boorish and nothing short of simpleminded. What's wrong with giving BOTH sides of the argument and letting people make their decisions based on what they feel?

But hey, love your enthusiastic approach to spreading a pack of lies.

 

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jgrimoldy

The theory of evolution is a T-H-E-O-R-Y, not "Darwin's Law" as you listed.  Were you a Liberal Arts major?  Darwin's theory has been supported in so many ways, so many times.  Intelligent Design?  No.  Nothing to suppport it.  Any investigation involving the scientific method very quickly boils down to faith.

Would you care to elaborate on any meaningful "FACTS" from the bible that have been proven?  No, you probably won't.  Jesus Christ existed.  There's little doubt of that.  Son of God and all the other silliness?  Well... Not so much. 

Look, I'm not against Intelligent Design being taught in schools -- if it's done in a Religious Studies class.  To put it in the context of Science is ludicrous.  If you support that notion, then this debate is over and you, good sir, are an idiot of the highest order.

It's not the "Liberal Left" as you called it that had tried to "PC" the country into a land of "simple-minded wimps," as you put it.  No.  Historically, it has been the Catholic church that has tried to unquestionably force it's views on the populace.  The church has historically fought tooth and nail to squelch the voice of reason and the scientific method.  Galileo was considered a HERETIC to suggest that the earth was not the center of the universe.  Every shred of evidence that goes to show that "God" (in the Christian sense) is not as simple as the bible proclaimed is met with ENORMOUS opposition.  Even when presented with a preponderance of evidence.

Contrary to your contentions, it's the conservative church that would like for the populace to unquestionably follow what it's told.  It's the "Liberal Left" that said, "Wait a second... let's consider this, and this, and this."  The Left is presenting the evidence.  It's up to everyone to accept their own faith. 

What do you mean by tearing down the fabric of society?  Who is tearing down the fabric of society?  What are they doing that you're referring to?

What are the "lies" that you contend that I'm spreading?  You did nothing to refute any of my indisputable contentions. 

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festiva_man

Don't worry, I am American and happened to vote Republican in '08.  I just have no problem admitting when I make a mistake.  I used to honestly believe republicans had the people's interest at heart but I learned.  Look at how the Republicans and Democrats have both grown government for years now.  These parties aren't separate, they are one in the same.  They continually keep us distracted so we don't slip up and figure it out.  Look at what eats our money constantly, the republicans won't fix this, they will cut programs, but in the end it will have no effect.  Look at all the stupid laws on the books that will send you to prison.  Prisons being privately owned are the reason for this, big money for those guys.  Both parties are spending like crazy and neither will slow down.  I have done alot of homework and debated constantly and taken a beaten numerous times to see what the right answers are.  Get on some political sites, start debating the opposite sides point of view, you will be surprised to find out how bad the 2 party system really is.  Gotta go.  TTYL

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Danthrax66

I always try to say this but most people on here still think Wikileaks is a terrorists organization and that the government holding secret dealings with corporations is ok. Well when you can't go to youtube then they'll care.

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Caboose

I sense bad things for my American friends...

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Strhopper

I don't like the road the internet is going down right now, this and the new rules for wireless are the writing on the wall 

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Atomike

How does this benefit anybody? 

I think the FCC is, perhaps, the most incompetent of all the government agencies. And that is saying alot.

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Ceadderman

Got a long way to go before the FCC beats the FDA or ATF.

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