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Comcast “not welcome” here: Customers protest sale of tiny cable company

Comcast “not welcome” here: Customers protest sale of tiny cable company

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You can check out any time you'd like, but you can never... well, you know the song.Aurich Lawson Customers of a small cable company in Vermont are protesting the company's pending sale to Comcast. The sale of Southern Vermont Cable Co. (SVCC), which has about 2,450 subscribers and operates 123 miles of cable, is being…
Ajit Pai promised faster broadband expansion—Comcast cut spending instead

Ajit Pai promised faster broadband expansion—Comcast cut spending instead

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Enlarge / Comcast Xfinity van in Santa Clara, California, August 17, 2017.Getty Images | Smith Collection/Gado Comcast reduced capital spending on its cable division in 2019, devoting less money to network extensions and improvements despite a series of government favors that were supposed to accelerate broadband expansions. "For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019,…
Comcast is attempting to “take apart” Civil liberty Act of 1866, MLK’s child states

Comcast is attempting to “take apart” Civil liberty Act of 1866,...

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Enlarge / Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO of the King Center, speaks during the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a case involving Comcast and an African American-owned TV network operator heads to the US Supreme Court,…
AT&T makes clients work to get refunds they must get instantly

AT&T makes clients work to get refunds they must get instantly

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Enlarge / An AT&T sign outside a company office in New York City. AT&T kept charging DirecTV customers for a sports channel that was blacked out for two months and is only giving customers refunds when they complain to the company. AT&T's customer service in this case is falling short of the standard set by…
Comcast battles Google’s encrypted-DNS strategy however assures not to spy on users

Comcast battles Google’s encrypted-DNS strategy however assures not to spy on...

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Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu Comcast has gone on the record to say that it does not track its broadband users' Web browsing histories, even though the company is lobbying against a Google plan that could make it harder for ISPs to track their…
Comcast improperly charged 2,000 consumers for going beyond information cap

Comcast improperly charged 2,000 consumers for going beyond information cap

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Getty / Aurich Lawson Comcast's data-usage meter gave thousands of customers inaccurate readings for two months because of a software bug, causing the broadband provider to incorrectly charge about 2,000 users for exceeding their monthly data caps. Comcast has admitted the error and told Ars it is giving refunds and additional credits of $50 each…
Comcast, beware: New city-run broadband uses 1Gbps for $60 a month

Comcast, beware: New city-run broadband uses 1Gbps for $60 a month

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You can check out any time you'd like, but you can never... well, you know the song. Aurich Lawson A municipal broadband service in Fort Collins, Colorado went live for new customers today, less than two years after the city's voters approved the network despite a cable industry-led campaign against it. "Finally, a broadband provider you…
Comcast’s “limitless” mobile strategy now costs $20 additional for HD video

Comcast’s “limitless” mobile strategy now costs $20 additional for HD video

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Enlarge / An Xfinity Mobile phone. Comcast Comcast's mobile division is now charging $20 a month extra to watch HD video on unlimited data plans. Xfinity Mobile's unlimited data plan costs $45 per line per month, but video streams are generally limited to 480p resolution. Comcast yesterday announced a new $20-per-month HD Pass "for an…
Cable television business can conserve loan now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade is primarily done

Cable television business can conserve loan now that DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade...

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Enlarge / A Comcast van in Sunnyvale, California, in November 2018. Getty Images | Andrei Stanescu Cable-company spending on network equipment is dropping as major providers like Comcast and Charter finish up their nationwide DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts. Equipment vendors that sell to cable companies such as Arris/CommScope and Casa Systems are reporting drops in cable-related…
Comcast’s battle versus racial-bias claim is used up by Supreme Court

Comcast’s battle versus racial-bias claim is used up by Supreme Court

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Enlarge / A Comcast sign at the Comcast offices in Philadelphia. The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Comcast appeal in a case centering on whether the telecommunications giant discriminated against an African American-owned TV network operator by refusing to carry the company's channels on its cable service. The case involves Byron Allen's…

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