What you need to know about cable and broadband providers in the US
Posted On June 15, 2021
A year ago, the internet was something you were expected to be able to buy online.
Now, we’re talking about getting cable and getting broadband.
But that hasn’t stopped cable companies from trying to change the way we use our internet.
In the US, cable companies have been pushing to extend their reach into new territory.
A few years ago, a major cable company, Comcast, was sued by a small, independent TV station in Virginia for trying to block access to its service.
The suit claims that Comcast tried to use its dominance of cable TV to make the station and its viewers pay more for the same programming.
Comcast claims that its efforts are necessary to preserve the public interest and protect competition in the video-on-demand (VOD) business, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The cable company argues that it is an important public utility.
In its complaint, Comcast argues that the FCC is “a monopoly and therefore a utility.”
The cable companies are fighting back.
In October, Comcast and the American Cable Association (ACAA) sued the FCC on behalf of several cable customers in Washington state.
The suit also alleged that Comcast is abusing its market power to “control and charge fees to consumers in an unlawful and unjust manner.”
The ACAA’s chief, Bob McDermott, told The New York Times that his group believes that Comcast has violated the law.
“We think the FCC should have the power to regulate the cable industry.
And we think that we should be able… to regulate these companies as well,” McDermott said.
McDermott’s group is representing the Comcast customers in the case, and he has also launched a new campaign against the cable companies in Washington, DC, with the goal of getting more than 500,000 Americans to sign a petition calling for a full public debate on the matter.
The ACTA’s McDermott has been a vocal opponent of the Comcast suit.
In August, he called for Comcast to pay “full price” for its cable TV service.
In November, Comcast sued ACTA in the District Court of the Northern District of California, arguing that ACTA is an “unauthorized group” that is violating its First Amendment rights.
McDonell told The Guardian that he’s disappointed with the FCC’s decision.
“We’ve been fighting for these rights for over 40 years, and we’ve been doing so in a fair and balanced way,” he said.
“But in this case, the agency has failed us by acting like they’re some kind of expert in this industry.
They are not.”
McDonella said that he thinks the ACTA and Comcast’s suit will go to court.
“The FCC’s not going to get them.
The courts will get them,” he told The Times.”
It’s a really sad day for the American people when the FCC makes a decision that is so contrary to their First Amendment right,” McDermont told the New York Daily News.