After the FCC voted on Tuesday to approve rules that would prohibit ISPs from blocking, throttling, or slowing the transmission of online content, some in the broadband industry are expressing disappointment that the agency did not use more specific language that would have prevented these actions.The move was intended to clarify the agency's previous language that prohibited such actions only aga...
The new FCC rules have not yet gone into effect, but the rules are expected to dramatically change the way Americans get broadband Internet.
In order to get broadband, people are going to have to buy a lot of expensive equipment, including new routers, which are needed to provide the speeds.
And they’re going to need a lot more bandwidth.
A big part of the cost of buying new equipment and paying for the equipment is the cost to the cable companies, and those companies have already taken a big hit in recent years.
According to the Associated Press, Comcast has lost a total of $6.9 billion in 2016.
The FCC’s rules are intended to reduce that cost by allowing people to use their existing broadband connections without paying for new equipment.
Comcast has been a major beneficiary of the rules.
As Ars Technica’s Andrew P. Knapp explained in September, Comcast paid the FCC $5.6 billion in 2017 for a $8 billion merger with NBCUniversal.
And in October, Comcast agreed to pay $1.3 billion to settle antitrust charges over the purchase of Time Warner Cable.
The rules are also meant to reduce the number of Comcast-owned broadband providers.
The current FCC rules require that all Internet providers have at least one cable or fiber network.
But the new rules will require that each broadband provider has at least three, as well as four or more fiber or DSL connections.
The new rules also give consumers greater choice about how much broadband they want, which could help people get broadband speeds that are comparable to those of cable and fiber connections.
Comcast, meanwhile, is going to spend a lot less money on building new infrastructure to build new fiber connections, and is going through a period of consolidation.
The company is buying up large broadband networks like Verizon and AT&T.
In November, it purchased the San Francisco-based CenturyLink, which was in the process of selling to Charter Communications.
Comcast also bought Time Warner’s Time Warner Digital subsidiary, which owns Time Warner-owned Bright House Networks.
Charter will continue to provide broadband to all of its customers.
Comcast is also buying a smaller, but growing number of smaller broadband companies.
The biggest of those is called Bright House Network, which is owned by Comcast.
In January, Comcast bought a stake in Bright House, which makes video streaming and online video apps.
Comcast now has about 1,000 Bright House customers, including a few hundred in New York.
Comcast already has about a dozen other Bright House network companies.
Bright House has been building out its network.
The first of its network companies is called Xfinity Mobile.
It recently added video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube to its lineup.
Comcast’s acquisition of Xfintech has also led to a surge in Comcast’s investments in broadband in other areas.
Comcast recently announced that it was buying the digital communications company iQonomy, which sells products for smart home devices.
This acquisition is also the largest investment in a communications startup by a large tech company in more than a decade.
In 2018, Comcast acquired video streaming service Bright House.
It also bought iQonomic for $2.3 million in cash.
Comcast acquired another digital communications startup called iQiyo in 2019.
In 2020, Comcast announced plans to buy the video streaming company Hulu for $12.7 billion.
Hulu is owned and operated by the same company as iQiya.
In December, Comcast said it planned to spend $40 billion to build out its digital communications infrastructure.
The deal was announced in July and the deal included $2 billion in new funding.
The cable companies and the telecom companies are competing to offer the fastest, cheapest, and most reliable Internet service in the country.
While Comcast and the other companies are spending billions on building out their broadband networks, the cable providers are using their vast resources to spend millions of dollars on lobbying Congress to keep them from providing the best broadband speeds.
In 2019, Comcast spent $12 million on lobbying.
AT&sat, which has been trying to block Comcast’s $39.95 per month plan to sell its DirecTV video streaming product, spent $2 million in 2019 on lobbying and has spent about $30 million in 2020.
Comcast spent a whopping $8.4 million in 2018 lobbying Congress.
The lobbying is happening while the FCC is considering new broadband rules that would allow consumers to choose whether to pay for new or existing broadband plans.
The regulations would also require cable companies to make the speeds available over their fiber network, which would increase competition in the market.
The rule has been opposed by the cable industry.
Comcast argues that the rules would allow Comcast to offer faster speeds and reduce costs for consumers.
But critics say the rules will make it harder for customers to get high-speed broadband.
AT &S and Charter are also opposing the rule.
AT’s lobbying arm, the Communications Workers of America, spent nearly $3 million on Congress