NBC Comcast Merger
Internet access prices will definitely be going up in price due to the merger between NBC and Comcast that was approved today. One company will have all the control over everything that goes on with the World Wide Web. Once again, we have the FCC to thank for this.
The Justice Department approved this unprecedented consolidation of media and Internet power making a shift in the control of every aspect of electronic media.
A multi tiered pricing system is already in effect for various speeds to connect to the Internet.
On the lowest level is “economy.” Online access requires the purchase of at least a basic level of cable television to accompany the online access. What the basic cable level is the chart doesn’t list. The new, higher Internet access price is $26.95.
Five other levels range from economy internet which is ten dollars more than if you use the cable hook up along with the internet access up to the category of “Blast,” which is $69.95, the same as always. Though, previously, this Blast tier wasn’t very well publicized if it ever did exist in the past.
Don’t forget the monthly cable modem fee of five dollars. Qualifying for low income status gets broadband internet access for $9.95.
Eventually these kinds of mergers will eliminate any other competition and give NBC/Comcast complete control. Netflix is on its way out as a potential competitor. If this monopoly succeeds, there will be more – guaranteed.
TV, radio, and phones that are Internet based will be the only connection that delivers fast enough, or good quality signal to most Americans. This is not the good old free market competition that Americans have always known. The choices of services will most likely diminish to no choices at all.
Either buy from NBC/Comcast, or go without.
Now that these monopoly type situations have been allowed by the federal government, what other big mergers are looming out there?
Look for a possible merger between Alltell and Verizon.
The future of democracy and technology isn’t bright.
The airways were once controlled by federal government laws. These laws protected the people by ascertaining that the airways also belong to the people, and the provision of news and weather conditions must be freely available.
For now it appears, one must have plenty of money to spend in order to be informed. Vague wording in reference the cost issues included stipulations for “reasonable” pricing and “sufficient” bandwidth.
Hmm? Does that mean I won’t run into the every morning 6:30 clog up that freezes my computer on a daily basis? I’m on the lowest pricing index, and I believe I’m already getting “pinched” off.
We can always look forward to satellite TV. But if the government keeps caving to big business, the situation may not improve.
People must stand up for their rights. Contacting local government officials, senators, congressmen and women might put some pressure on folks to act in an ethical manner. Democratic Commissioner Michael J. Copps, was the only dissenting vote. He is quoted as saying that this “venture grievously fails the public interest.
If the government isn’t there for us, maybe we can look to the giant Internet companies to price themselves out of the business.