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Self Description

July 2011: "Brian L. Roberts is Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, one of the world’s leading media, entertainment and communication companies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NBCUniversal. Under his leadership, Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company and is the nation’s largest video provider, largest Internet services provider, and the fourth largest phone company. The Company is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. Additionally, Comcast has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and a large multipurpose arena in Philadelphia."

July 2004: "Founded in 1963, Comcast has grown from a single system cable operation into one of the world's leading communication companies, focused on broadband cable, commerce and content. Comcast Cable is the country's largest provider of cable services, and is expanding its cable operations to deliver digital services, provide faster Internet service, and develop and deliver innovative programming. QVC is the premier electronic retailer, providing TV and Web-based shopping in the US, the UK, and Germany. As our company evolves, we will continue to look to the future and the provision of new communications technology, new opportunities, and more choices, providing people with the communications products and services that connect them to what's important in their lives."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2016: "Water and heat are regulated utilities. But when it comes to Internet access, people in apartments (called Multiple Dwelling Units, or MDUs) often have the worst of both worlds: all the limitations of a utility framework — no competition, no choices — with zero protections for consumers. That means unconstrained pricing. Network operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, in cahoots with developers and landlords, routinely use a breathtaking array of kickbacks, lawyerly games of Twister, blunt threats, and downright illegal activities to lock up buildings in exclusive arrangements."

December 2010: 'Many others sounded more satisfied by Tuesday’s decision. Comcast and Time Warner Cable each separately said the F.C.C. had struck a “workable balance,” and AT&T said the compromise appeared “to balance major differences.”'

May 2010: "The Federal Communications Commission ordered Comcast to stop the blocking. Comcast challenged the ruling. On April 6, an appeals court in Washington sided with the operator, saying the F.C.C. could not tell Comcast how to manage its network."

April 2010: "In the first quarter of 2010, AT&T spent $5.9 million on lobbying about policies including net neutrality, up 15 percent from the same period last year, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. Google boosted its lobbying budget 57 percent to $1.38 million. Comcast spent $3.1 million on lobbying -- much of it to convince lawmakers and regulators of the benefits of its proposed merger with NBC Universal."

April 2009: 'In October 2007, an Associated Press test revealed that Comcast had deliberately blocked Internet users from sharing files online. In the AP test, computers that were connected to the Internet via Comcast cable modems would not let users send the King James Bible from one location in the U.S. to another using the file-sharing program BitTorrent; however, computers with other connections, including Time Warner Cable and Cablevision, had no problem sharing and uploading the text. (A Comcast spokesperson says that the company doesn’t “block access to any web sites or online applications, including peer-to-peer services like BitTorrent.”)'

November 2008: 'The company is following in the steps of many other broadband providers — most notably Comcast, which set a 250-GB cap in August — who are setting limits on broadband use in an attempt to crackdown on so-called "bandwidth hogs." Time Warner Cable has tested a tiered service in Texas with caps ranging from 5 GB to 40 GB; Canada's Rogers set its cap at 60 GB; and New York-based DSL provider Frontier recently announced a measly 5-GB cap.'

August 2008: "And certainly any ISP thinking about looking at what its users are doing has got to be worried given that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is on a roll -- taking on ISPs that want to or have watched what their customers do online in order to serve them targeted ads. That roll is reportedly heading towards a long-fabled online privacy omnibus bill. Add to that, this month's unprecedented decision by the Federal Communications Commission to slap down Comcast for its secret and deceptive interference with file sharing traffic."

June 2008: "The report (.pdf) was written by Robb Topolski, an engineer who started consulting for the groups after gaining fame by detecting Comcast's forgery of P2P traffic early last year. He testified about the ongoing packet forgery by Comcast at a Federal Communications Commission hearing at Stanford in April."

January 2008: "Time Warner isn't alone in considering higher fees for big Net users. Comcast (CMCSA), one of the largest residential high-speed ISPs, is evaluating such a system, says Comcast spokeswoman Jennifer Khoury. Cox Communications, which has 3.6 million U.S. subscribers, is also looking into variable pricing, though it doesn't have any immediate plans to adopt such a system, says spokesman David Grabert."

December 2007: "David L. Cohen, an executive vice president of Comcast, said it was “perverse to see the commission approving huge mergers by the Bell companies while now telling cable companies, who compete toe-to-toe with the Bells, that they may not also grow larger and achieve the same efficiencies.”"

June 2007: One barometer for classic sports conflict in the Big Ten is Ohio State and Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor. But a percolating fight between the conference and Comcast is evolving into a battle that Keith Jackson, in his rumbling baritone, might call one between two “big uglies.”


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Opponent (past or present) Big Ten Conference Organization Jun 18, 2007
Member of (past or present) Center for Copyright Information (CCI) Organization Mar 3, 2013
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) NBCUniversal Organization Jul 7, 2011
Opponent (past or present) Rembrandt IP Management Organization May 2, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Stephen B. Burke Person May 25, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Brian L. Roberts Person Jul 7, 2011

Articles and Resources

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Jun 27, 2016 Dear Landlord: Don’t Rip Me Off When it Comes To Internet Access When building owners get kickbacks from big providers it’s the tenants who lose

QUOTE: Water and heat are regulated utilities. But when it comes to Internet access, people in apartments (called Multiple Dwelling Units, or MDUs) often have the worst of both worlds: all the limitations of a utility framework — no competition, no choices — with zero protections for consumers. That means unconstrained pricing. Network operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, in cahoots with developers and landlords, routinely use a breathtaking array of kickbacks, lawyerly games of Twister, blunt threats, and downright illegal activities to lock up buildings in exclusive arrangements.

Jul 30, 2013 Now That It’s in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality

QUOTE: In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don’t give citizens the right to run servers on their home broadband connections, and that the Google Fiber network is perfectly within its rights to prohibit customers from attaching the legal devices of their choice to its network....So in Google’s version of net neutrality, the FCC was the right to force Apple to let iPhone users connect to their home servers, but the FCC has no right to force Google to let its broadband subscribers run a home server.

Mar 01, 2013 Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?

QUOTE: On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P networks, and send them a notice detailing their infringement. The hope is that those who are caught will start using legal alternatives. To better understand the CAS, we have to look at what the Center for Copyright Information is doing with it. First, there are three tiers to the CAS that consumers should be aware of with each tier having two levels within it. The three tiers are as follows – educational alerts, acknowledgement alerts and mitigation measures.

Jul 07, 2011 To Slow Piracy, Internet Providers Ready Penalties

QUOTE: After years of negotiations with Hollywood and the music industry, the nation’s top Internet providers have agreed to a systematic approach to identifying customers suspected of digital copyright infringement and then alerting them via e-mail or other means....concerns that consumers might be punished “based on allegations that have not been tested in court.”

New York Times
Apr 08, 2011 House Votes Against ‘Net Neutrality’

QUOTE: But Republicans in the House maintained that the order exceeded the F.C.C.’s authority and put the government in the position of overseeing what content a consumer could see and which companies would benefit from Internet access... “This is a bill that will end the Internet as we know it and threaten the jobs, investment and prosperity that the Internet has brought to America,” Mr. Waxman said.

New York Times
Mar 28, 2011 Dispute Over Time Warner Cable’s Streaming to iPad Bursts Into the Open

QUOTE: Time Warner Cable started streaming several dozen TV channels to customers’ iPads. Immediately, channel owners like Viacom and Scripps Networks seized on the streaming capability as a contract violation — in part because they want cable companies to pay them more for the privilege to stream.

New York Times
Dec 21, 2010 F.C.C. Approves Net Rules and Braces for Fight (Media Decoder)

QUOTE: The new rules [approved by the FCC-- Ed.] are, at best, net semi-neutrality. They ban any outright blocking and any “unreasonable discrimination” of Web sites or applications by fixed-line broadband providers, but they afford more wiggle room to wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon.

New York Times
May 02, 2010 Web’s Users Against Its Gatekeepers

QUOTE: With the majority of Internet traffic expected to shift to congestion-prone mobile networks, there is growing debate on both sides of the Atlantic about whether operators of the networks should be allowed to treat Web users differently, based on the users’ consumption.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2010 Undercover persuasion by tech industry lobbyists

QUOTE: The influence peddlers of K Street have discovered the power of social networking on such Web sites as Twitter and Facebook. Using their own names without mentioning that they work in public relations or as lobbyists, employees of companies with interests in Washington are chattering online to shape opinions in hard-to-detect ways.

Washington Post
Aug 28, 2009 Court tosses "arbitrary" FCC cable market share cap

QUOTE: The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has just thrown out the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rule limiting each cable provider to no more than 30 percent of the overall video marketplace.

Ars Technica
Aug 14, 2009 Major Carriers Shun Broadband Stimulus: Funds Would Come With Tighter Rules

QUOTE: The Obama administration made a national priority of spreading high-speed Internet access to every American home and offered stimulus money to help companies pay for it, but the biggest network operators are staying away from the program.

Washington Post
Aug 03, 2009 DPI vendor says 90% of ISPs engage in traffic discrimination

QUOTE: Sandvine makes deep packet inspection hardware that can identify and then block... user traffic coming from particular applications such as Skype or BitTorrent clients. The 160 worldwide ISPs who use the company's products love this particular capability so much that a full 90 percent of them employ it to "manage" their networks in a discriminatory way.

Ars Technica
Jul 09, 2009 Typing In an E-Mail Address, and Giving Up Your Friends’ as Well (Shortcuts)

QUOTE: this [Internet tactic] is generally called contact scraping. Once you enter your credentials, like your user name or password, the company sweeps through your contact list and sends everyone an invitation to join the site.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2009 West Virginia sues Comcast over cable box tying

QUOTE: most service providers push their customers into renting the [cable] box from them, which ensures an additional revenue stream that easily surpasses the volume pricing they pay for it.... But efforts to divorce the service from its receiver may have gotten a big boost last week when the state of West Virginia filed a similar suit, alleging it's an illegal tying of services.

Ars Technica
Apr 16, 2009 10 Things Cable Companies Won't Tell You

QUOTE: 2. “raise prices recklessly... Bundling your services can end up costing you more.”

Smart Money
Jan 01, 2009 The Plot to Kill Google

QUOTE: The company's [Google] growth, ambitions, and politics have made it a target of some of the country's most powerful businesses and interest groups.

Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)

QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.

PC Magazine
Nov 04, 2008 AT&T Tries Out Bandwidth Caps

QUOTE: The days of all-you-can-eat bandwidth appear to be numbered. AT&T, one of the largest broadband providers in the country, has set usage caps as an experiment....setting limits on broadband use in an attempt to crackdown on so-called "bandwidth hogs."

Aug 15, 2008 Google Privacy Practices Worse Than ISP Snooping, AT&T Charges

QUOTE: Online advertising networks -- particularly Google's -- are more dangerous than the fledgling plans and dreams of ISPs to install eavesdropping equipment inside their internet pipes to serve tailored ads to their customers, AT&T says...AT&T denies that it currently digs deep into the net habits of its users "for the purpose [of] developing a profile of a particular consumer's online behavior."

Jun 18, 2008 Report: NebuAd Forges Packets, Violates Net Standards

QUOTE: An online advertising firm called NebuAd that pays ISPs to let it eavesdrop on web users doesn't just passively record traffic, but actively injects fake packets into responses from other websites in order to deliver cookies to users, according to a technical report released by the advocacy groups Free Press and Public Knowledge on Wednesday.


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