Comcast Could Make Way into Wireless Network Business, Compete with Top 4 U.S. Carriers
April 9, 2014 3:22 PM
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Comcast is looking to make a hybrid Wi-Fi and cellular network
As if Comcast wasn't dominant enough in the cable industry, it's now looking to dip into the wireless carrier business and compete against the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
, Comcast is looking to make a hybrid Wi-Fi and cellular network as a way of tapping into the lucrative and growing mobile phone service business.
Currently, Republic Wireless is one of the only companies offering this sort of combination Wi-Fi and cellular network service. It utilizes Wi-Fi networks for both calls and data when available, but switches to airwaves leased from Sprint when Wi-Fi is out of range.
But it's a startup, and while Republic Wireless is offering plans well below the cost of traditional carriers, it doesn't exactly have the top four U.S. carriers shaking in their boots.
Comcast, on the other hand, currently has around 22 million video subscribers in the U.S. It could potentially tack more onto that number as it pushes for an acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) valued at $45 billion USD. Together, the combined company would control about one-third of the U.S. broadband market.
This could certainly worry U.S. wireless carriers if Comcast decides to pull its home and business Internet customers into the new hybrid wireless business as well. Furthermore, Comcast could offer the service at a steep discount (much like Republic Wireless), which could convince customers to leave pricey carriers like Verizon and AT&T and opt to pay Comcast a little extra each month to use it as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).
Comcast even has over a million public Wi-Fi hotspots, which would be helpful when entering the wireless carrier business.
As far as leasing airwaves from the top dogs in the wireless business, Comcast and some of its cable partners have already traded some wireless spectrum for access to Verizon Wireless airwaves.
While Comcast's entry looks probable on paper, the company was also just recently voted
worst company in America for 2014
, so public opinion of the company isn't too great right now.
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RE: Why all the hate
4/11/2014 2:52:41 PM
I purposely spent over a year on DSL with no TV besides what rabbit ears could barely get in to quit using Comcast in the past.
I had a roommate that I had to kick out. The night he left, he rented $100 worth of adult movies on my Comcast box, in rapid succession. I didn't even think he could do that because I had a parental lock code on the box to prevent watching anything Rated R or higher. Well apparently, Comcast considers all their Adult movies rated MA, not NC-17, so blocking things rated above R didn't block anything.
When I called Comcast and complained, they told me, tough luck, you owe $100 or be prepared for us to ruin your credit rating while battling it out in court.
It didn't matter that I had a lock out that didn't work, or that the purchases didn't even make sense (a half dozen movies renting in minutes of each other). What mattered is Comcast wanted their pound of flesh.
For that reason, I will always hate Comcast.
RE: Why all the hate
4/12/2014 9:48:29 PM
This is a prime example of people blaming their problems on the company that provides them the service. You say your room mate purchased all of the videos to the tune of $100. and even though you kicked that person out of your home now, Comcast should take your word for it. That's flawed logic.
Let say you have kids and you want to block them from watching movies of a certain nature. Comcast offers the ability to put a parental lock on your box apparently. You set a pin code and assume everything is fine. I can deduce that one of three things happened; you didn't test the functionality of the pin code, or your friend saw you enter the code and memorized it, or you were the one who watched it and for some reason didn't think you would be charged.
When you created a pin code you entered into an agreement with Comcast weather it was written or just implied, you agreed that you would not allow anyone to have your pin code and you would guard it with all importance. This is just like with an ATM card, you would not change your pin code and just assume it was changed from the one you received in the mail. You would check it, and additionally there is an added level of expectation that your bank has fully tested its security on the matter with regard to anyone being able to crack a pin code. So once you confirm your new code works then it is safe bet that if you don't tell anyone or let any bad person see you use it, you're quite safe.
That expectation is not present in such a situation as Comcast's parental lock. Do you even know if the room mate could have just guessed, or entered hundreds of codes until he found the right one? You can't get away with that with an ATM card, but you should not expect Comcast to have that level of security. They didn't put in place for a room mate situation, they put it there for your kids.
So now you're in this battle with Comcast over $100. and your irresponsibility and you think you hurt them by switching to DSL and a crappy antenna? You lost that one, you should have owned up to the fact that you were the one who made the mistake. Should the electricity supplier give you a rebate because the room mate left the light on while the room mate went out for the night? If your scenario was supposed to work then every guy out there jerking off would be on the phone after 30 mins getting a refund for what he just yanked to. After all they believed you, why not him?
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