FCC conditions for Comcast-NBCU merger – BOHICA Comcast customers
After agreeing to stipulations by the FCC, the Comcast-NBC Universal merger is a done deal. While some of Comcast’s costs for this deal would be passed on to their customers anyway, the conditions mandated by the FCC will more than likely add even more to the monthly Comcast bill. BOHICA!
Here are some of the more interesting mandates from the FCC (post here).
“Comcast will make available to approximately 2.5 million low income households: (i) high-speed Internet access service for less than $10 per month; (ii) personal computers, netbooks, or other computer equipment at a purchase price below $150” and “we require Comcast-NBCU to increase programming diversity by expanding its over the-air programming to the Spanish language-speaking community, and by making NBCU’s Spanish-language broadcast programming available via Comcast’s on demand and online platforms.”
So Comcast must provide computers and $10/month internet service to 2.5M “low income” households because, you know, internet access is a human right. While Comcast must provide this benefit, you can bet that they aren’t going to pay for it out of the goodness of their heart. No, Comcast will simply pass this along to their subscribers as a cost of doing business. So get ready for yet another rate increase courtesy of the FCC.