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Comcast Points to NBCU Deal to Convince Regulators (Financial Times)
Comcast is trumpeting its compliance with conditions attached to its 2009 acquisition of NBCUniversal as a model for how to convince regulators to approve its $45.2 billion bid for rival cable operator Time Warner Cable. Variety Comcast launched another prong in its strategy, announcing a pledge to continue offering basic broadband for $9.95 per month to low-income families indefinitely. Effectively, the cable giant is spinning the expanded low-cost Internet Essentials program as one of the key benefits of the proposed deal for Time Warner Cable — despite the fact that post-deal, Comcast would control nearly one-third of U.S. broadband market. CNET Comcast started the Internet Essentials program as part of a voluntary commitment it made to the Federal Communications Commission in order to get its merger with NBCUniversal approved. Back then, the company promised to keep the program up and running for three years. Adweek The program provides eligible low-income families with $9.95/month Internet service, an option to purchase a computer for under $150 and multiple options for digital literacy training. In two and a half years, Comcast has signed up 1.2 million low-income Americans or 300,000 families. Internet Essentials dovetails nicely with President Obama’s ConnectED program to increase digital literacy and the FCC’s recent plan to invest an additional $2 billion over the next two years to support broadband in schools and libraries. Bloomberg Comcast executive VP David Cohen will hold meetings at the FCC through Wednesday, said two agency officials knowledgeable about the plans. Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, needs approval from the FCC and antitrust officials at the Justice Department for its proposed purchase of New York-based Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 carrier. The Time Warner deal would create “appropriate scale” that enables Comcast to invest in new services, and would create a new national advertiser to increase competition in that market, Cohen said.

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Reporter Who Caught Police in Occupy LA Lie Files Suit

Despite a display of proper press credentials, City News Service reporter Calvin Milam was thrown to the ground and dragged away November 30, 2011 by police during the clear-out of Occupy LA’s downtown encampment. But it’s what immediately followed that really took the journalist by surprise.

The LAPD tried to dismiss the confrontation by claiming Milam was drunk and belligerent. All well and good, except for the fact that video of the incident completely disproved this version of events. Late last month, Milam finally filed suit in LA Superior Court. Per a Courthouse News Service report:

“The only reason he wasn’t prosecuted was because we located video which completely puts lie to what the cops said,” said Milam’s [high-powered] attorney Mark Geragos. “It’s astonishing to see that video and then see what was alleged: that he didn’t identify himself, show press credentials and that he was resisting.”

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Roy Firestone Debuts on KCET with Look at Tabloid Media

As big fans of Roy Firestone, FishbowlLA has already set its DVR for KCET tonight. At 8:30 p.m, the veteran TV personality and great mimic will add the channel to his repertoire with the first of several half-hour specials bannered as L.A. Tonight with Roy Firestone.

His opening focus, discussed with TMZ’s Havey Levin, Steve Edwards of Good Day LA, and defense attorney Mark Geragos could not be more topical. It’s all about today’s online tabloids. From the show notes:

The group discusses the evolution, ethics, and drivers behind today’s sensational celebrity-driven news climate and explores if Hollywood has taken over substantive issues in today’s headlines. During the episode, Edwards notes, “There are no gatekeepers anymore. There are no gates anymore.” Levin remarks at one point: “I’m just tired of Paris Hilton. I’m tired of the same old, same old stories. I’m interested in strategic things about Hollywood.”

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Plea Deal For Chris Brown

1cbkl.jpgA settlement has been reached between prosecutors and Chris Brown. Brown won’t do any jail time for “allegedly” beating the crap out of his former girlfriend Rihanna. From the AP:

Chris Brown has plead guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna.

Brown entered his plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles on Monday. Brown is in the process of waiving his rights.

Brown’s alleged victim, Rihanna, had been on standby to testify on Monday.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos (GEHR’-uh-gohs), says the deal includes five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor.