Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

A Modest Proposal for Comcast: The Proposed Acquisition of Time Warner Cable Is an Opportunity to Solve the Biggest Equity Issue in Education

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

A Modest Proposal for Comcast: The Proposed Acquisition of Time Warner Cable Is an Opportunity to Solve the Biggest Equity Issue in Education

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EVER SINCE cable giant Comcast announced its intention of buying fellow media monolith Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, industry watchers have pointed out how the merger has the potential to harm customers. Senator Al Franken wrote a letter to the FCC saying that Comcast "has a history of breaching its legal obligations to consumers." Some rough numbers also suggest that the merger would violate antitrust law.

On the other hand, Comcast appears to be making an effort to be a good corporate citizen. In February, in addition to renewing its vow to maintain Net neutrality, the company voluntarily extended its Internet Essentials program, which offers $9.95-a-month Internet service to families that qualify for free and reduced lunch.

That's a nice gesture, but if you ask me, it's not enough. With more and more students learning on ever-cheaper mobile devices, bandwidth is poised to be the biggest equity issue in education, and Comcast's bid for Time Warner Cable is an opportunity to resolve that Issue in one fell swoop. …

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