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  • New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps
    By on November 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Advocatus Diaboli sends word of a new release of documents made available by Edward Snowden. The documents show British intelligence agency GCHQ had a deep partnership with telecommunications company Cable & Wireless (acquired later by Vodafone). The company allowed GCHQ to tap submarine cables around the world, and was paid millions of British pounds as compensation. The relationship was so extensive that a GCHQ employee was assigned to work full (more…)

  • Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger
    By on April 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes in with news about money and politics that is sure to shock no one.”It’s no surprise that Comcast donates money to members of Congress. Political connections come in handy for a company seeking government approval of mergers, like Comcast’s 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal and its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). But just how many politicians have accepted money from Comcast’s political arm? In the case of the (more…)

  • President Obama To Nominate Cable and Wireless Lobbyist To Head FCC
    By on April 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    symbolset writes “The Wall Street Journal and others are reporting that longtime telecomm lobbyist Tom Wheeler will be nominated to head the Federal Communications Commission. According to the LA Times: ‘Wheeler is a former president of the National Cable Television Assn. and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Assn. Despite his close ties to industries he will soon regulate, some media watchdogs are willing to give him the benefit of the (more…)

  • Time To Ditch Cable For Internet TV?
    By on November 13, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes “A flurry of announcements from YouTube, Boxee, Dell and Clicker on Thursday brought good news for anyone considering canceling their cable service in favor of internet TV. First, YouTube announced that within the next few days it will start offering full 1080P HD streams; better than your cable company can offer. Next, Boxee announced a ‘Boxee Box’ that promises to make it easier to get the content off your computer and onto your (more…)

  • Time Warner Cable Won’t Compete, Seeks Legislation
    By on April 22, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    narramissic writes “The good people of Wilson, NC pay $99/month for 10/10 Mbps internet service, 81 TV channels and telephone service. How’d they manage that, you ask? Well, the city-owned and operated cable service called Greenlight came into being when the City of Wilson approached TWC and local DSL provider Embarq and requested faster service for the area. ‘TWC refused the request. And so Greenlight was born,’ says blogger Peter Smith. ‘Now Time (more…)