Home » Comcast/Xfinity »Competition »Consumer News »Editorial & Site News »Internet Overcharging »Net Neutrality »Online Video »Public Policy & Gov't »Rural Broadband »Video »Wireless Broadband » Currently Reading:

Required Viewing: Sen. Al Franken Explains Big Telecom’s Big Plans to Charge You More

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) took to the Senate floor this weekend to explain his strong opposition to the proposed Comcast-NBC/Universal merger, how some of the nation’s largest telecom companies use limited competition to maintain confiscatory pricing for service, and why feeding the Big Telecom beast with favors requested in multi-million dollar lobbying campaigns will cost ordinary Americans more money for less service in the future.  Franken’s remarks are a refreshing change of pace from the usual Congressional rhetoric, reduced to “Obama’s takeover of the Internet,” “socialist broadband,” and “Maoist net policies” we usually hear about.  It’s well worth the time to educate yourself about Big Telecom’s agenda.  (25 minutes)

Currently there is 1 comment on this Article:

  1. Lexster says:

    Just listened to the whole thing and I’ve got to say that I think more people like Franken need to be in Congress. I may not agree with some of the things he is for, but he’s obviously the kind of person who will stick by their beliefs and not allow them to be swayed by party lines or monetary “gifts” like many other congressmen *coughJohnMcCaincoughcough*. That being said, there were just a few things I noticed during his speech:

    1. Franken made a point that people have choices when they go into a grocery store or restaurant, as opposed to when they choose an ISP. I’m sure he was just trying to simplify the issue, but really, much of the “choice” we are given in stores is just an illusion. Most “store brands” are manufactured in the same plants and factories as many name brands. No matter where your money goes, much of the time, it goes to one of four or five huge conglomerates such as Franken-mentioned General Mills or Kraft or Dole or ConAgra Foods. This, of course, undermines Franken’s point about voting with your wallet. You only think you’re voting with your wallet, but really it’s the same food with a different label. It would be like if Comcast bought Time Warner Cable, but kept their name as Time Warner, then said “See? Now you have a choice.”

    2. Franken made a point about YouTube competing with Google Video and how it would have hurt YouTube if Google could have bought a “fast lane” to load more quickly than YouTube. While this is true, he completely missed the point that Google simply bought YouTube, thereby “buying its competition”, which is an anti-competitive practice in itself. Again, I realize he was just trying to simplify the issue, but it stuck out to me since it also undermines his overall point.

    3. He used the same point for Facebook and I think that one is more apt than the YouTube example for obvious reasons as I stated above.

Search This Site:

Contributions:

Recent Comments:

  • Milan Gohil: Phillip, I trust that you will let us know what we can do to fight this assault on our freedom! Ajit PAID is a slimy POS! Trump is well on his way to...
  • Tammy Nelson: This is crap! Why are the customers always losing and they always win? I pay quite a bit for cable and internet. If you are cutting channels, at le...
  • Mike Colceri: THIS TOTALY SUCKS!!! I LOVE CHILLER , AND NOW YOU'VE GONE AND GOTTEN RID OF IT!!!!😠 BUT MY BILL STAYS THE SAME.....MINUS MY CHILLER!!! WHOEVER IS THE ...
  • BobInIllinois: Jo, FYI on this. YouTube wanted to get this streaming service up fast. The 5 big US cities that you listed all have network tv stations owned and ...
  • Dave Burstein: Phil Good work on this. Nearly no one has reported that the FCC is paying AT&T for an offering they would have anyway....
  • Jo: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia & San Francisco Bay Area This is it? it's just like google fiber.. a failure....
  • BobInIllinois: Wouldn't this be bad news for all those small, independent WISPs out there?...
  • Jp Eres: I finally filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (New York) as well as the FCC. Magically after months and months of rude customer service...
  • LG: Let me guess.. it comes with a 200Gb bandwidth cap too, right? This month, for the first time, I actually reached my 1 Tb limit with Comcast. It's m...
  • Kerry: This makes four channels that have been removed in the last 60 days. We are still paying the same ....
  • Kerry: Should the F. C. C. step in and stop what seems to be consumer fraud ....
  • Kerry: Very upset with N. B.C. For dropping the chiller channel . I subscribed to tier 1 so I could get all of the channels listed in tier one. It is the...

Your Account: