Franken, Klobuchar have questions for Comcast-Time Warner

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Regulators will likely base their decision on whether Comcast can prove its merger will benefit consumers.

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  1. Submitted by Mike Downing on 03/03/2014 - 10:43 am.

    How about questions on MNSure (Obamacare), jobs & the economy?

    This is only a diversionary political tactic aimed at low informational voters so they do not think about the important issues for 2014, namely, jobs, the economy and MNsure, aka Obamacare.

    • Submitted by Clayton Haapala on 03/03/2014 - 11:45 am.

      Senator has been consistent on this for years

      So your comment & attitude is a diversionary tactic to distract from monopoly media consolidation.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/03/2014 - 11:30 am.

    Government-sanctioned monopolies

    “Almost all cable companies are monopolies on the local market,” said Gifford, the former chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law.

    “I don’t see the antitrust issue,” he said.

    Because it was the government that insisted on those monopolies, Mr. Franken.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/03/2014 - 01:35 pm.

      Cite, please

      And why are you quoting Mr. Gifford and directing your reply to Mr. Franken?

    • Submitted by Clayton Haapala on 03/03/2014 - 01:57 pm.

      “Insisted”?

      How do you figure that? Because your local community chose to give Comcast the cable franchise?

      When cable was “new”, was largely only an alternative to antenna broadcasting. Now, one cable company controls the last mile AND an increasing amount of content AND Internet access to alternative content.

      When they get everything they want it from the “Deregulate All the Things” party, it’s gonna be liberal media, 24/7, on all channels, unless you really want to pay. That a future you want?

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/03/2014 - 02:33 pm.

    “Your local community”

    i.e., the city government, “chose” whichever cable provider ponied up the biggest “incentive package” to get the business. Customers were never part of the process. The decision was made by mayors and city council members in back rooms in virtually every city and town in the country.

    Comcast and Time Warner are both destined to lose out to the satellite operators who can bypass the politicians and go directly to the customers’ homes. The sooner the better.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 03/03/2014 - 02:46 pm.

      and granting local municipalities

      the ability to make those decisions was made possible by the Cable Communications Act of 1984 courtesy of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/03/2014 - 06:25 pm.

    Didn’t these two also

    Oppose the most recent airline merger?

  5. Submitted by Gerald Abrahamson on 03/04/2014 - 10:19 am.

    “Because it was the government that insisted on those monopolies, Mr. Franken.”

    BZZZT !!!

    The govt did not insist on monopolies. On the other hand, the cable companies required monopolies (an “exclusive franchise”, usually for 20-30 years) so they did NOT have to compete for customers. Once established, another cable company would not enter that market because the cost would be too high and the potential to make a profit far too low.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/04/2014 - 03:25 pm.

      The government loves monopolies

      How many sources of fresh water are available to the city dweller?
      How many sources of electricity are available to the city dweller?
      How many sources of natural gas are available to the city dweller?

      The government loves monopolies because they can tax and regulate them with impunity and the customer be damned. Let the market decide.

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