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Comcast may be the big dog on the cable block, but bigger doesn't always mean better.

According to Consumerist, Comcast was crowned the worst company in America for 2014. It held the same title only four years ago as well.

Comcast was a finalist alongside Monsanto for the 2014 WCIA, but in the end, Comcast received 51.5 percent of votes while Monsanto fell to a close second with 48.5 percent.

Comcast went up against other contestants like Yahoo, Facebook, Verizon and Sea World before facing off in the final round with Monsanto. 

Comcast confirmed its acquisition of Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion USD in mid-February. It's set to be an all-stock transaction.   


The deal, which should be completed by the end of 2014 (after approval by stockholders and regulators, of course), will give TWC investors 2.875 Comcast stock for each of their shares. TWC shares are valued at $158.82 a piece. 

It was revealed last month that Comcast used its political action committee to pay millions of dollars in lobbying, which paid many lawmakers responsible for overseeing the acquisition. The company even made donations to charities in an effort to put itself in a favorable light.

Comcast reportedly gave 15 of the 18 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as 32 of the 39 members of the House Judiciary Committee some type of compensation or donation.

The acquisition has been met with strong criticism. Some worry that the merger will result in reduced competition, poor customer service, less innovation and higher prices for customers. These worries stem from analyst predictions that Comcast and TWC's combined company would control about one-third of the U.S. broadband market.   

Source: Consumerist



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RE: I may be completely alone in this...
By inighthawki on 4/8/2014 5:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
And where does he live. Highly populated areas are going to be way worse on a shared connection like cable than the middle of some small town in the middle of nowhere.


RE: I may be completely alone in this...
By quiksilvr on 4/8/2014 7:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Montgomery County in Maryland. We pay $50 a month for 50 Mbps down / 10 Mbps up. It includes cable TV but we don't use it. To be fair this is a promotion price and it will increase to $60 a month at the end of the year.


RE: I may be completely alone in this...
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/8/2014 7:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's going to be 60, more like 80. That's the package I had and it's 79.99 after promo.


By Cheesew1z69 on 4/8/2014 8:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
Have*


By marvdmartian on 4/9/2014 7:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, that's not terribly bad. I get a "promo" deal from Time Warner ("renewed" every year or two, after it "expires", and I call them), that gives me 20 megabit per second Roadrunner, for $70 (with all taxes, etc). No cable TV whatsoever.

I dread going to Comcast simply because, when a company gets that large, their customer service is usually the first thing to suffer. Even now, if I have to have TWC come out, it's nearly 2 weeks to schedule a service call.

I'm 2 hours away from both OK City and Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex, but can't get AT&T or Verizon to bring their fiber optic service out this way, even though I live in a city with 100,000 population. If we had that choice, I'd tell the cable companies where to stuff it!


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