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exaero
exaero
12/5/2012 | 3:31:55 AM
re: Cable Chief Slams FCC Chief
Regardless of who's pocket you think the FCC is in, it's hard to argue that Cable co's aren't enjoying a monopoly. My cable bill has doubled in the last 10 years with no change in services. Not so with my phone bills. Mr McSlarrow just wants to maintain the regulatory barriers to keep his monopoly profit margins as long as possible.
materialgirl
materialgirl
12/5/2012 | 3:31:55 AM
re: Cable Chief Slams FCC Chief
The FCC is too busy trying to re-create the old Bell monopoly to pay attention to cable providers. Hand the kitchen sink to ATT, over fellow commissioner's dead bodies, while throwing stones at cable co's. What is wrong with that? Maybe they are behind on their RNC dues or something.
Michael Harris
Michael Harris
12/5/2012 | 3:31:47 AM
re: Cable Chief Slams FCC Chief
Regardless of who's pocket you think the FCC is in, it's hard to argue that Cable co's aren't enjoying a monopoly. My cable bill has doubled in the last 10 years with no change in services. Not so with my phone bills. Mr McSlarrow just wants to maintain the regulatory barriers to keep his monopoly profit margins as long as possible.

Lobbyists are lobbyists, that's for sure, and must be taken with a grain of salt. That said, isn't the definition of "monopoly" a market without competition? Don't you have the choice to walk into any electronics store, buy a satellite dish, and get virtually every video channel offered by your cable provider?

A key reason video prices have soared over the last decade -- for both cable and satellite -- are skyrocketing licensing fees from programming networks like ESPN. Phone service prices have fallen under pressure from VoIP, mobile and competitive cable phone services.



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