News surfaced earlier this week that Comcast was making a large contribution to a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, something joined by a similar -- but smaller -- contribution from Time Warner Cable. This drew intense criticism, and now both companies have backtracked on their plans.
Comcast and Time Warner Cable: two companies trying to become one, and not without quite a bit of resistance along the way. A dinner to honor the FCC's Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is coming next month, and as a curious matter, Comcast will be pay $110,000 to be a Presenting Sponsor.
This evening Comcast is having issues in a number of states across the USA. If you live in Minneapolis/St.Paul, San Francisco, Houston Texas, Orlando, Atlanta Georgia, Richmond Virginia, Philadelphia, NYC, Claremont New Hampshire, Detroit, Chicago, or Seattle - you’re in the yellow zone. It would appear that problems are revolving around internet, though a small amount of complaints suggest a TV blackout is in effect as well.
Comcast, not the most popular company out there, is seeking favorable attention from the public by way of altruistic programs -- namely, up to half a year of free service for low-income families. This is part of its Internet Essentials program, and is hailed as being in time for back to school season.
In late 2004, a trio of small cities in Illinois were preparing to vote on what would amount to a municipal fiber Internet offering, something that would have undercut both Comcast and AT&T-owned SBC Communications. In all three locations -- Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles -- Comcast and SBC took to action, spreading propaganda to squash its budding competition.
Dish has come out in opposition to the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger. Speaking to the FCC, the satellite provider says the deal presents “serious competitive concerns” for the industry. They also don’t see how any damage would be mitigated or reversed.
Recently, Comcast made news by opening up home WiFi routers for use publicly. By partitioning your WiFi signal, the company hopes to blanket an area with a signal. This has become a polarizing issue, but shouldn’t be for the reason of coverage alone. WiFi everywhere isn’t a new concept — in fact, it was the original concept for the phone you might be reading this on.
Houston Texas has just had about 150,000 Comcast routers activated with a new "xfinitywifi" initiative that effectively makes them wi-fi hotspots. Not just anyone can access these hotspots - you’ll have had to have logged in to Comcast’s system at some point as a customer - but you do not need a unique password for every router you come in contact with. These hotspots are new to Houston, but have been around for a while around the rest of the country.
Following Google's encrypted email revelations, Comcast has followed in step with the announcement that it will start encrypting its subscribers' email, keeping them secure in a digital world lacking privacy. The encryption is said to be currently in testing, and that it'll be rolling out soon.