Those who don’t like their entertainment/telecom services should look for viable alternatives. I’m lucky enough to have a regional telecom headquartered a mile down the road from me that provides good service and decent internet speeds at reasonable prices. I have long since dropped cable/satellite TV service due to outrageous costs. One shouldn’t have to pay $100 to $150 per month just to receive the 20 channels he actually watches.
Should not be allowed under anti-trust laws. Beyond that, it is true that he who controls the media controls the country. Allowing one entity to own all electronic media, print media, radio stations in a geographic area invites serious troubles in many aspects of our lives. We already see the outsized influence that Rupert Murdoch has, and he’s certainly not finished lobbying FCC, nor purchasing media outlets.
There are ripple effects as well. IHeartMedia (used to be ClearChannel) owns almost every radio station in the country. This is why no matter where you go, you’ll hear the same seven songs on country radio, a different seven songs on pop-music radio, etc. They sponsor promotional concerts with high-profile acts. Those acts are not paid to perform: it is understood that if they don’t play for free, their music will not be played on the radio.
I have written to FCC more than once about this issue. I did not buy stock in Comcast, but thanks to mergers and splits, I own some. I voted against the merger. A lot of good that will do….especially if I’m the only one. Anyone with me?
As a Time Warner cable customer, I don’t see how a Comcast take over will improve the lousy service.
Comcast/TWC merger? NO NO NO NO NO. The government cracks down on ridiculous things and damages our freedom, but this monopolistic monstrosity is somehow OK?
Should there be anti-trust laws?-Let’s ask Republicans/Fox “news” viewers.