Friday, January 08, 2010


Comcast wants to buy NBC.  I can't think of anything worse than media companies getting bigger.  Think Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes of Fox.  And, especially these media companies that control so much of the hardware that provides us with that great Democratic institution, The Internet.

I have loved to hate cable companies for a long time.  They seem to be out of the reach of any regulators and can do whatever they please.  In Albuquerque, Comcast operates under a franchise agreement with the city.  The city has done a very poor job of controlling rates and demanding decent service.  Yes, Comcast is better than it used to be overall, but they still have a real strangle hold on providing broadband service.  You could always use DSL from Quest, but that company also is horrible. Which is why I don't use a land line from them any longer.

Frankly, some smart Mayor or city councillor should make sure that Comcast does not raise their rates in Albuquerque because they are shelling out  billions for NBC.  Fat Chance!

Meanwhile, there is a fascinating article from Pew Research on News stories vs. what the public was interested in hearing about in 2009.

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