I really don't understand the point of this petition. Do we even know the reason for the merger? Maybe Time Warner cable is not doing well financially and needs to sell. By stopping the merger you could be potentially costing people their internet connection if Time Warner folds. If this happens then the end result is the same. I brought that up to play devil's advocate but don't actually feel that is the case myself. I personally feel Time Warner Execs want to line their pockets, cut bait and run.
At this point there will never be competition. Even if your petition does something do you really think Comcast or anyone else if going to take the time to build the infrastructure where there is already an established footprint. There are very few companies that are willing to spend the money that would bring competition. Google is one of them but so far only in a few cities and I doubt we will see a large scale roll-out ever happen.
Honestly the only way we are ever going to see competition in markets like these is if the municipality owns the lines to the consumer's homes. Then that would allow for any service provider to run on those lines. I know people want less government but without the city or village whatever it may be owning the lines to the home and being responsible for them no carrier is going foot the bill to run wire next to their competition when they can just buy them and keep the status-quo.
Municipalities need to work better with providers and create a central location that all of the providers can use as a hub for their incoming connection and let the municipality handle the hand-off. If a consumer then wants to switch it is as easy and moving a cable from one rack to another. This happened a while ago in the area where I live. Verizon when they still did land-line service here was sued for not allowing another CLEC to provide service on their lines. The CLEC won and was able to provide DSL service to Verizon homes. The only problem was the CLEC had to pay rent on the lines which made their service still more expensive than Verizon's and not many people chose it due to that.
Maybe I am way off base but I have yet to find anyone that can sway me from this stance. Until there is a reason or incentive for competition there will be none.
Does your voice make a difference? Until you use it, you'll never know. You can be on the sidelines and let nothing change - or you can speak up. Now that more than 10,000 people have responded to the petition that I started, I hope that you'll be encouraged to do likewise.
Free markets work only when we enable fair and effective competition. Demand it. #stopcomcast petition at: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-comcasttimewarner-cable-merger-and-require-more-competition-cable-industry/ym52vbd4
I was honestly not expecting too much since I was not a big fan of Origins. I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. There are a few neat plot points and the story overall is a great unless you know some of the other back stories. This is another movie that decides to change what many would consider canon. Harada and Mariko were lovers in the Movie Universe title, not half-siblings. There are also a few twists on the Silver Samurai but I don't want there to be too many spoilers in this if you haven't seen the movie yet. Like most other super hero movies of late make sure to stick around after the credits. Wolverine has arguably always been the most popular of the X-Men and will probably continue to be. This movie does a lot of building to the next movie with some very small hints that may or may not have been picked up. I have always thought that the X-Men franchise had great casting but the stories didn't quite do it justice. They seem to be getting better in this latest installment. I am worried though as to where it will go from here and I think they have to make sure they don't take too many liberties coming up or it could really put a damper on the future of the franchise.
I am thinking next week I will give my two cents on The Lone Ranger since I do still want to see that. As always let me know if there is something else you think I should watch or if you have any comments on my brief review.
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I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened - The Oatmeal
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