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As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together (TVNewser)
Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Tuesday morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argued that the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so. Fifty groups sent a letter to the attorney general and FCC chairman Tuesday asking that the deal be blocked. Capital New York The 650-page document filed with the FCC outlines the reasons Comcast believes the proposed merger with TWC would be in the public interest. Much of the document spelled out in granular detail arguments made by Comcast in its original announcement of the proposed deal, but there are some notable new takes. Comcast now sees itself as a tech company, in competition with Google, Facebook and Netflix just as much as traditional competitors like DirecTV and Verizon. Comcast argues that it doesn’t compete with TWC, as they do not operate in the same areas. Variety Critics have claimed the Comcast-TWC merger, which would create an entity that controls 30 percent of the country’s pay-TV market, is decidedly not in the public interest because it would result in fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. Moreover, the combination “could compromise the open nature of the Internet,” Sen. Al Franken told Justice Department officials last month. CNET Last week, Comcast filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the U.S. Department of Justice, which will begin the antitrust review of the merger. And on Wednesday, Cohen will testify about the merger before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Now that the official filing has been made in the merger, which was announced in February, the FCC will have a self-imposed deadline of 180 days to review and make its decision. USA Today Facing a growing number of customers flocking to streaming video and content providers demanding more payment for programs, TWC agreed in February to be bought by Comcast for $45 billion. The acquisition would give Comcast access to key media markets that it has coveted, including New York and Los Angeles, and occupy about 40 percent of the Internet service market, or about 32 million customers.

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The Shorty Awards: A Look Back

DSC_0158.jpgWhat else is there to say about last night’s Shorty Awards — no really…what ELSE is there to say?! — except that the people who pulled it together deserve a big congratulations. Of course, if @MCHammer could see fit to don a pair of parachute pants and rap an award or two next year, we wouldn’t complain.

For those of you who prefer your award coverage in pixels instead of tweets the incomparable (and available!) Nick McGlynn‘s photos of the evening can be found here (he’s also responsible for the one above).

The Shorty Awards: It’s Not How Long It Is, It’s How You Phrase It!

shorty.pngWhile we’re on the topic of Twitter, which we seem to be more and more these days, we thought it might be a good time to re-draw your attention to the Shorty Awards (particularly since it appears to be increasingly important to people on our Twitter feed). Here’s the deal: The Shorty Awards have set out to “honor the world’s top Twitterers.” Per the rules you can “nominate as many people for as many categories as you’d like until midnight December 31st.” After which the top five are picked and a final round ensues.

Sound like fun? To be sure, though you should be aware that the people involved are taking this rather seriously. Also, being smart and entertaining in 140 characters or less is actually not that easy, try it if you don’t believe us! In the meantime go vote here.