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FCC Opens Investigation Into Pricing at Cable Companies -- Including BendBroadband

This was in the Bulletin's business section, but I couldn't find it on their web site (I think it was a wire story -- don't have the paper in front of me), so you're getting the CBSNews link:

The Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation into the pricing policies of major cable operators and Verizon Communications Inc.

The agency wants to ensure the companies' customers are getting treated fairly, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin in an interview with The Associated Press.

"I'm certainly concerned with the increasing cable prices that consumers are facing," Martin said. "They are getting less and being charged the same or more."

The FCC wrote on Oct. 30 to cable operators including Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc., Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Bright House Networks, Suddenlink Communications, Bend Cable Communications, GCI Company, Harron Entertainment and RCN Corp.

Naturally, it's a pretty one-sided story as there's not a single comment from the cable operators in the story, just quotes from Martin of the FCC and from the Consumer's Union. The FCC also is basically looking at the cable companies that cover the bulk majority of the US, so it's not like they're picking on individual companies here.

So I'd like to hear what the cable operators have to say. I know BendBroadband (aka Bend Cable) folks read this site: Care to comment?

On a related note, AT&T is going to start capping bandwidth, much like BBB already does.

Posted by Jake on 11/05/08 @ 04:16 PM
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