Republican FCC commissioner calls AT&T-DirecTV merger condition a form of 'rate regulation'

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said that broadband rate regulations are coming, despite the fact that the FCC specifically said since before new regulations went to affect in June that it had no plans to regulate broadband.

Pai, who voted against the new rules in a February meeting that ultimately saw them approved, said that the ATT-DirecTV is a prime example of rate regulation.

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FCC approves AT&T - DirecTV merger

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's official: the FCC has voted and given approval for AT&T to buy DirecTV today. The FCC did put a few conditions on AT&T, though nothing the company wasn't anticipating. Besides promising to abide by the new net neutrality rules implemented in June, AT&T promises to expand its broadband network to 12.5 million customer locations and to give discounted rates to poorer consumers.

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Tom Wheeler endorses AT&T-DirecTV merger

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has given his approval to a merger between AT&T and DirecTV merger. Wheeler released an order today to other commissioners within the FCC highlighting his support for the merger.

"The proposed order outlines a number of conditions that will directly benefit consumers by bringing more competition in the broadband marketplace," Wheeler wrote in the order.

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Netflix backs Time Warner Cable-Charter merger plans

July 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While entertainment streaming company Netflix may have opposed the Time Warner Cable - Comcast merger, it appears to support a merger between TWC and its latest suitor, Charter. Why? Well, apparently if the merger happens the new entity won't charge large content providers and network operators for direct connections to its network, according to this Ars Technica report.

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AT&T promises cheap internet for the poor if FCC approves merger with DirecTV

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile phone and broadband provider AT&T says that it will give cheaper Internet service to the poor if the FCC approves its merger plan with satellite TV provider DirecTV. In a new filing with the FCC, AT&T says that it will offer "qualifying residents" (those who already receive government assistance of some sort - such as food stamps - and aren't already customers) in areas where AT&T's top speeds are below 5Mbps DSL service of up to 1.5Mbps for $5 a month.

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GameStop to acquire ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Hot Topic will not be buying ThinkGeek after all. Video games retailer GameStop announced today that it will acquire Geeknet - the parent company of ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions.

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Charter promises no data caps for customers under new mega-cable company structure

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Charter Communications is getting out in front of any trouble it might have with the Federal Communications Commission on the subject of net neutrality after seeing the spectacular unraveling of the deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Earlier this week Charter announced its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable for around $55 billion and a side deal to buy up Bright House for $10 billion.

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Charter seeks to buy Time Warner Cable in $55.1 billion deal

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Update: Charter Communications officially announced its intentions to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House this morning. In its announcement Charter laid out how big a piece of the pie it will hold when the dust settles on the deal to merge with Time Warner Cable and acquire Bright House:

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Report: French billionaire eyeing Time Warner Cable

May 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Reuters and VentureBeat reports, a French billionaire that most in the United States have never heard of may have designs on acquiring one of the country's biggest broadband and cable providers - Time Warner Cable.

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Netflix opposes AT&T - DirecTV merger

May 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Netflix is urging the Federal Communications Commission to either reject AT&T's proposed acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV, or put conditions on the deal that would prevent AT&T from using its new-found market power to harm online video services.

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Sen. Al Franken offers five take-aways from failed Comcast-TWC merger

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) updated his blog to point out five lessons learned from the failure of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger deal. Franken was one of several senators that called on both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to block the deal.

Last Friday Comcast announced that it was abandoning the $45 billion merger and moving on.

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Comcast officially abandons Time Warner Cable merger plans

April 24, 2015 - James Fudge

The $45 billion merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is officially dead. Comcast announced this morning that it would abandon the deal in the face of growing opposition from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. Because Comcast didn't have a separation agreement, it does not have to pay Time Warner Cable any sort of separation fee.

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Report: Comcast will abandon Time Warner Cable merger

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloomberg is reporting that the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is dead, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" who spoke to the publication. Because Comcast doesn't have a separation agreement in place with TWC, it won't have to pay out like AT&T did when its merger with T-Mobile was rejected in 2011.

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Report: Comcast could abandon TWC merger if DOJ 'remedies' are too much

April 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Ars Technica report (citing a Wall Street Journal article), Comcast could very easily walk away from the Time Warner Cable merger deal if it wanted to because it won't have to pay for a "separation fee." And it might have good reason to walk away if the Justice Department and the FCC (s

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Report: DOJ likely to oppose Comcast-TWC Merger

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bloomberg is reporting that that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will likely be blocked by the Justice Department. The $45.2 billion merger is likely to be opposed because DOJ lawyers believe it will harm consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, who also have the power to reject the deal, are also leaning towards the same conclusion, according to the report.

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California Public Utilities Commission Gives Approval With Conditions To Comcast-TWC Merger

February 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

California has given tentative approval to Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but there are some strings attached, which the company quickly said were too difficult to adhere to. Generally when California's regulatory approves a major merger, the FCC usually follows in the same path.

The approval with conditions came yesterday from Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Karl Bemesderfer but Comcast Executive VP David Cohen was quick to criticizing the conditions.

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Kabam Acquires TapZen and Magic Pixel

January 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile game publisher Kabam has acquired Los Angeles-based studios Magic Pixel Games and TapZen, the company announced today. TapZen and Magic Pixel are best known for their collaboration on the iOS game This Means War. Magic Pixel's credits include iOS titles Outcast Odyssey and Stick to It, and the PS 3 game Carnival Island. TapZen founder and former Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu has also joined the company.

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New York City Public Advocate Wants Conditions on Comcast-TWC Merger

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a letter (PDF) to the state Public Service Commission, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and 21 other state and city officials asked that the approval of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger be contingent on the new company providing free Internet to the poor, along with a number of other demands - including a commitment to offer at least gigabit speeds to paying customers.

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FCC Hits Pause Button on AT&T-DirecTV and Comcast-TWC Merger Reviews

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially hit the pause buttons on its review of both the Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV mergers. Normally the FCC operates its review under a "180-day informal time clock," but requests for an extensions from multiple companies has forced the agency to extend the normal approval process period.

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Comcast Files Response to FCC Questions About Merger With Time Warner Cable

October 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a blurb in Politico's Morning Tech, cable operator Comcast has filed a response to dozens of pages of detailed questions the FCC asked it back in August related to its merger with Time Warner Cable.

A filing by Comcast SVP Kathryn Zachem attempts to answer some of those burning questions which includes information on its subscriber base and regional sports networks it owns.

An earlier response sent in by the company was deemed "insufficient" by the FCC.

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Comcast: It's Too Expensive to Compete Against Other Cable Companies

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast has a popular argument it likes to use when discussing the proposed merger between it and Time Warner Cable with the FCC: since it doesn't compete against TWC in any city or town in the United States, there's no harm in approving the deal.

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Comcast FCC Filing Says Merger With TWC Won't Take Away Any Competition

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast, in its ongoing quest to merge with Time Warner Cable, is trying to convince the FCC that becoming one with one of its rivals won't take away any competition from the market because there's still plenty of other competition out there. Comcast submitted the response to the FCC on September 11, but it wasn’t made public until recently by the FCC due to technical problems with the agency's web site.

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Comcast and TWC Pull Donations From Dinner Honoring Current FCC Commissioner

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have pulled $132,000 in donations from an event honoring a current FCC commissioner, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this week the news that the donation was being given to the dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn set off a firestorm of accusations that the companies who would like to become one giant ISP were trying to buy Clyburn's vote on the proposed merger.

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Report: Google Reaches Deal to Buy Twitch

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat is reporting that Google has reached a deal to buy game-focused streaming service Twitch for $1 billion, according to "sources familiar with the matter." Rumors first surfaced about a possible all cash deal between Google and Twitch worth $1 billion back in May.

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Neversoft Celebrates its Final Hours Before Merging With Infinity Ward

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tony Hawk developer Neversoft commemorated its final day this week as the merger with Activision's other wholly-owned studio, Infinity Ward, is completed. Neversoft employees performed ceremonial logo burning, highlighted in a series of pictures and messages posted on Twitter. According to employees on Twitter, studio lead Jole Jewett - who is set to retire - gave staff member custom knives on their final day as Neversoft. Neversoft studio director Scott Pease will also retire.

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FCC Puts Together Committees to Scrutinize TWC-Comcast and AT&T-DirecTV Mergers

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Anyone against the proposed mergers between Time Warner Cable and Comcast and AT&T and DirecTV should take some solace in the fact that some of the members of several review committees the Federal Communications Commission has put together will not be giving either merger a rubber stamp approval.

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ACA Opposes AT&T Buyout of DirecTV

June 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The American Cable Association (ACA) is publicly opposing AT&T's purchase of DirecTV. The trade group, which represents 850 small cable companies and Internet service providers, says that this and other mergers will make the cost of purchasing programming skyrocket.

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AT&T Plans to Expand Fiber Infrastructure if DirecTV Merger Approved

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

AT&T says that it would be happy to expand its broadband fiber infrastructure throughout the country... if the government agencies like the FCC and the Justice Department approve its proposed merger with satellite TV provider DirecTV. AT&T recently name checked 100 municipalities in 21 metropolitan areas where it "might" bring its fiber-to-the-home network, GigaPower service. The company did not say just how many customers might be served under this attentive plan to expand its network. The service offers up to 1Gbps download speeds.

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AT&T Promises to Follow 2010 Open Internet Order if DirecTV Merger is Approved

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

AT&T said yesterday that it would follow the FCC's old net neutrality rules for three years if the government approves its acquisition of DirecTV. It's a miracle. This is despite the fact that the D.C. circuit of the federal Appeals court basically put those rules out to dry, noting that the FCC didn't have the authority to regulate broadband service providers because they are not "common carrier" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act (Verizon v. FCC).

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Report: Cord Cutters Come Close to Hitting Data Caps Every Month

May 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Sandvine (by way of Ars Technica reveals that that the average cord cutter is almost always near going over ISP imposed data caps. According to the firm's latest Global Internet Phenomena report released today (based on measurements in March), Internet users in the U.S.

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IronPatriotWhat I don't get is why anyone wants to be part of the private online army for a stalker.08/04/2015 - 2:32am
IronPatriotYes, it's pretty sad that even after GG has been exposed as a fraud designed to harass Sarkeesian, they still want to attack her. Do facts even matter anymore?08/04/2015 - 2:30am
Andrew EisenDammit. For context's sake, I watched that one Chris Ray Gun video Matt linked to and now my recommends are chockful of anti-Sarkeesian crap from the usual suspects. ARGH!08/04/2015 - 2:27am
Andrew EisenIP - Now you just essentially asked Matt the same question twice in a row. Seriously, once is enough.08/04/2015 - 2:11am
IronPatriotMattsworkname, do you have any actual evidence for your "complete bollocks" claim? Or are you making up more "facts08/04/2015 - 2:11am
IronPatriotMattswork, prove your claim that the article is "based on complete bollocks"08/04/2015 - 2:08am
Andrew EisenIP - Stop asking me the same question over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It's super annoying. Especially when I've already addressed it.08/04/2015 - 2:07am
Andrew EisenMatt - How? Set aside half an hour. It's not hard if you know your history. It's just time consuming.08/04/2015 - 2:06am
IronPatriotAndrew, so you agree about the lying fraudulent nature of gamergate's origins? So supporting gamergate when it is clearly a fraud deserves to be called what it is, right?08/04/2015 - 2:06am
Andrew EisenFrom an ethics standpoint, there's nothing wrong with that article or posting news on subjects that are of interest.08/04/2015 - 2:05am
MattsworknameAndrew: the toughest thing about Gamergate is that it lacked any form of directed leadership or oganizaotion, How do you really explain something so amourphous that it leterally took months and moths to gain any real shape?08/04/2015 - 2:05am
Andrew EisenIP - A metric crap ton of history and context. GamerGate isn't hard to explain, it just takes a while.08/04/2015 - 2:01am
MattsworknameAnd ip wonders why gamergate went after sites like ARS and kotaku08/04/2015 - 2:00am
MattsworknameWow, its like ARS posted an intentially controversial article based on complete bollocks to get clicks, Imagine that?08/04/2015 - 1:58am
Mattsworknamehttp://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/arstechnica.com08/04/2015 - 1:58am
MattsworknameWait, wrong link, damn copy function08/04/2015 - 1:57am
IronPatriotAndrew, the logs show the harassing nature of gamergate's creation and the facts show the fraudulent nature of gamergate's ethics claims. What is left to make it hard to explain Gamergate?08/04/2015 - 1:57am
Mattsworknamedont belive me? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhYQBPFub5M08/04/2015 - 1:57am
MattsworknameAlso, ARS? That webpage that was suffering signigant traffic decrease before the gamergate event and thatt suddenly saw a huge jump. almost like they posted it intentionally to get clicks?08/04/2015 - 1:57am
Andrew EisenTrust me, I'm well versed with GamerGate's history. I was there.08/04/2015 - 1:56am
 

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