FROM Michael Weinberg
Comcast and the Internet's Future New deals involving Comcast and other companies could have an impact on the quality, content and price of your Internet service. If its merger with Time Warner Cable goes through, Comcast will be the dominant provider of broadband in the United States. The powerhouse content provider Netflix, so popular that it consumes something like 30% of all broadband action during evening hours, has already agreed to pay Comcast to guarantee quality service, and nobody knows who might be next. It's a deal that's being called a major game changer when it comes to Internet service, content and cost to consumers. Will Comcast be able to dictate what finally reaches millions of users? Will creative competitors have a chance? Will consumers pay more and get less?
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.