Interview: The David to Comcast’s Goliath

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Is Patrick Gottsch the David to Comcast’s Goliath?

He’s certainly making the attempt. Gottsch is the founder of RFD-TV, an Omaha-based television network that features shows like American Farmer, Classic Tractor Fever, and Corn College TV in the lineup. And ever since Comcast dropped the channel from its cable lineup in Colorado and New Mexico last year, Gottsch has been a thorn in Comcast’s side.

That’s been particularly true during Comcast’s attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable. Gottsch rallied his viewers to flood the Federal Communications Commission with thousands of short missives pleading that RFD be restored to the Comcast lineup.

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Politicians, Competitors Line Up Against Comcast Merger

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A major step in the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger is over. The Federal Communications Commission’s public comment period on the merger ended Monday with 65,000 comments filed, the Inquirer reports — many of them flooding in at nearly the last minute before Monday’s deadline.

It appears a lot of the late-arriving commentary was similar to the earlier stuff: Negative. A roundup of the comment headlines:

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Here’s Why Philly Businesses Will Gladly Pay Millions for the Pope and DNC

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Fact: If the Democratic National Committee decides to hold its 2016 convention in Philadelphia the cost could range anywhere from $50-$75 million dollars. While the federal government would pick up most of this cost, as much as $10 million could fall on our local government (at least, that’s what New York’s mayor predicts if the convention came to his town).

Fact: When the pope visits Philadelphia in 2015 as part of the World Meeting of Families the estimated cost could be another $13 million, (the city of Milan paid 10 million euros when it hosted the event in 2012).

Fact: $10 million plus $13 million means the city could be on the hook for up to $23 million in additional expenses for these two events. Maybe even more.

Fact: It’s likely that Philadelphia’s business community will step up and raise the money to pay this bill so that taxpayers are not out of pocket. “We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Comcast’s David Cohen recently said in a radio interview. “And I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”

Great!  The city needs $23 million, and the business community will likely step up.

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New York Mayor Wants Conditions on Comcast Merger

When Philly Mayor Michael Nutter released a letter last week declaring the support of 50 of the country’s big-city mayors in support of the Comcast-Time Warner merger, one name was noticeably absent: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Now de Blasio has weighed in, according to Next City. He’s not opposing the merger — he just wants Comcast to make a few guarantees before federal regulators give their approval to the merger:

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Cohen Says City Leaders Will Open Checkbooks for Pope, DNC

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Wondering where Philly will get the money to pay for a visit from Pope Francis and to host the Democratic National Convention? David Cohen, vice president of Comcast, isn’t worried at all.

“We’re the fifth largest city in America,” Cohen told KYW Newsradio, “and I think our civic leadership has the capacity to be able to raise the money to host these two pretty special events in consecutive years in Philadelphia.”

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Another Bad Comcast Story. Or Is It?

Another day, another awful Comcast customer service story. Or is it?

BGR reports on the plight of Douglas A. Dixon, who posted a YouTube recording in which he spends 90 minutes on a call, “ in which he was shuffled through a whopping six different customer service representatives, none of whom knew how to solve his problem.”

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The Awful Comcast Customer Service Stories Keep Coming

This couldn’t come at a worse time for Comcast, but its oft-complained-about customer service is becoming a thing.

By this, we mean it’s becoming more than another on the list of everyday life gripes — moaning about Comcast like you do taxes or the weather. No, we mean it’s become part of the zeitgeist: The Internet now seems to be in an active competition to see who can come up with the worst story of bad treatment at the hands of the company’s customer-service reps.

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