Consumerist will not award EA with third straight crown
Time Warner Cable has passed Electronic Arts for the title of Worst Company in America in the first round of voting. According to Consumerist, it was only by a slim margin that Time Warner Cable edged past EA by garnering 51.2 percent of the votes in order to proceed onto the next round of the poll.
Cable companies and tech firms like Microsoft share a common goal
A coalition of cable companies and well known technology firms has been formed to address the "Wi-Fi spectrum crunch" and to lobby Washington to free up unlicensed spectrum. The coaltion is called WifiForward and it includes cable companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable (which Comcast is trying to acquire), and Charter Communications, along with technology firms like Microsoft, Google, and Broadcom.
Comcast has announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a stock-for-stock transaction that would total $45.2 billion. The transaction would involve Comcast exchanging 23 percent of its stock, valued at $55.12, for 284.9 million shares of Time Warner Cable stock, valued at $158.82.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, meet your new spokesperson, Time Warner Cable.
Google's trying to pave the high-speed cyber highway with its Google Fiber Internet service, which is currently only available to the lucky residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Time Warner Cable could follow suit if it wanted to -- after all, it's already serving incredibly high-speed Internet service to businesses -- but the reason it isn't pursuing 1Gbps Internet service to consumers at this time is because, well, they don't want it.
The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii might not be the best of friends, but together, the trio own the living room when it comes to gaming. The question is, for how long? Devices like Ouya, a $99 Android console, threaten to whittle away at the big three's userbase, though perhaps the biggest threat will come from cable companies. AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable are all reportedly getting ready to roll out cloud-based gaming service.
People say "You have your mind in the gutter" like it's a bad thing, but the adult video industry has actually spurred on a lot of the technology we now take for granted in the mainstream. Online payment systems? Thanks, porn! Streaming content? Internet users were streaming nude flix a long time before they began streaming Netflix. A lot of modern-day traffic optimization techniques also owe their origins to the skin trade. Soon, we may have something else to thank porn for: higher cable bills.
The Justice League of America is a collection of super heroes working together to fight the evils of the world and protect us from those who would otherwise do us harm. And the Download Fairness Coalition, who we will henceforth abbreviate DFC? That's a collection of tech giants, cable operators, telecoms, and other entities whose common goal is a little more self-serving -- to fight against "discriminatory taxes of digital goods and services" -- but perhaps equally needed.
In terms of the total number of residential and commercial broadband subscribers, Time Warner Cable ranks as the third largest ISP in the United States, And in terms of high-speed subscribers, Time Warner said it just recently hopped over the 10 million subscribers mark. That might sound like reason to celebrate if you have a vested interest in Time Warner, but is everything as rosy as it seems?
Time Warner Cable doesn't necessarily have the greatest reputation when it comes to looking out for its customers best interests, but luckily for those who were unfortunate enough to try and pirate Uwe Boll's Far Cry 2 it will simply cost them too much to accommodate the lawyers. An independent DC legal outfit has requested the identity of more than 2,000 TWC customers, which in addition to exceeding their current staffing capabilities costs them approximately $45 each.
"Time Warner Cable does not have enough employees to respond to these requests. In a typical month, the company receives an average of 567 IP lookup requests, nearly all of them coming from law enforcement. These lookup requests involve everything from suicide threats to child abduction to terrorist activity, and the company says that such cases take "immediate priority."
The ISP's Subpoena Compliance team at Time Warner currently consists of four full-time workers and one temp who simply don't have enough hours in the day to honor all the requests. The company claims it currently has the capacity to handle about 28 non-critical subpoenas per month, which far exceeds the 809 in 30 days filed by the DC law firm.
One could argue that simply watching Uwe Boll's latest masterpiece is cruel and unusual punishment anyway, so the exact motivation behind the legal proceedings has us somewhat mystified. Perhaps they are hoping for a few glowing box quotes from pirates desperate to avoid a criminal record to help overshadow all the crummy reviews.
Customers of Time Warner Cable's Road Runner internet service in New York City have a reason to exult. All of them are now eligible for free Wi-Fi internet access across New York. There are literally thousands of free hotspots scattered all over NYC for them, thanks to a deal between Time Warner and Cablevision, which means that customers of both “will be able to access free, unlimited Wi-Fi services in each other’s New York City metro service areas, allowing for a fast Internet connection at designated Wi-Fi zones.” A valid Road Runner username and password is enough to enjoy free Wi-Fi. Of course, there is a dedicated page to help locate hotspots.