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News Release
3/13/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog, the California-based non-profit that sued DIRECTV for abusive practices 7 years ago on behalf of overcharged consumers, hailed the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to take legal action against the satellite company for similar anti-consumer practices. And it said the FTC’s sister agency,...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of charging massive Early Termination Fees, often taken directly from a customer...
News Story
8/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The first deadline for interested parties to file formal comments with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable passed earlier this week, and the roster of those who chimed in on the deal was impressive — and, in some regards, impressively divided. In all, more than 75,...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) used to get a paycheck from NBC, but since he’s gotten a high-profile gig on Capitol Hill he has been no fan of its current incarnation as Comcast/NBCUniversal. And he doesn’t want it taking on a new bride. Others agree. Stated Franken, “Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would...
News Release
8/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed formal comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because the deal “is not at all in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television providers would create a media...
News Story
8/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The unraveling of Sprint's (NYSE: S) bid to merge with T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) could spark a new round of price cuts in the U.S. market, according to financial analysts. That could lead to lower costs for consumers but it could also especially pressure Sprint, which is working to upgrade its LTE network. Both Sprint and T-Mobile executives had...
News Story
8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Consumers Win,” shouted the subject line of the e-mail that rushed into reporters’ inboxes soon after the news emerged that Sprint Corp. (S:US) was abandoning its bid for T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS:US) Combining the third- and fourth-biggest U.S. mobile-phone companies would have meant higher prices and less competition in the...
Blog Post
6/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
The prestigious American Antitrust Institute is opposing the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner mega merger because it raises potentially serious problems for competition and consumers. We at Consumer Watchdog have already stated our opposition to the deal to both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.  The...
Video
5/1/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
AT&T has approached DirecTV the largest satellite TV provider in the United States about an acquisition. Will this mean bad deals and less choice for the customer? KABC Los Angeles asks what could happen, if another monopoly is allowed to go through.
News Story
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Business and residential customers affected by outages such as the one that hit AT&T U-verse broadband users this week may feel helpless, but they do have options, consumer and industry watchdogs say. Customers who lose Internet service, cable channels or phone service should request consideration in the form of refunds, discounts or add-ons...