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jbtombes
jbtombes
11/29/2016 8:43:40 PM
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Virginia pol
Delayed response here, Mike. (Doing some background research on the caption contest.) It's a moot point now in electoral terms, but as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I feel obliged to note for the record that the first name of the running mate for the Democratic Party was Tim, not Tom.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
10/31/2016 7:07:53 PM
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Re: Time Warner AT&T Merger
So true! Big businesses just get cut up and then they merge with other small businesses just to get big again. It's really just a huge cycle.

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DHagar
DHagar
10/31/2016 2:54:43 PM
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Re: Regulations
@elizabethv - I am with you on Disney.  But I think there is a difference, ie Disney, in companies that want to be #1 as a result of being the best choice - and build a good experience, service, product for their customers.  That's a scenario where everyone wins.  And yes, Disney holds a special place with most of us as a "trusted" experience/brand.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/30/2016 9:25:35 AM
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Re: Time Warner AT&T Merger
@freehe - Grants to smaller companies to help them get their footing would be a great idea. There is so much talk in this country about the importance of allowing for businesses to develop, but anymore all of the "breaks" seem to go to the bigger, already established companies. Whereas small businesses are forced to figure things out for themselves. 

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freehe
freehe
10/29/2016 3:45:36 PM
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Time Warner AT&T Merger
It is the same old story. Companies get too big, get slapped on the hand by the FCC or FTC. They are forced to break up into smaller companies. Then they get too big again, then they are allowed to merger to get bigger, then they are forced to breakup again.

I would really like the FCC and FTC to allow startups and smaller companies grants and funding to develop affordable products and services for customers.

Big company business only benefits the company. Customers always lose and in this instance Time Warner and AT&T customers will lose. I am not a customer of either but caution those who are. Start comparing products and services now to save yourself the headache later.

 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/29/2016 9:53:09 AM
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Re: Tw + att
@Ariella - That's a good point. I do think at some point people feel they are "pot-committed" and reluctant to scrap the whole thing, even if it seems like the best thing to do. In the end, it's the consumer overall that will suffer from most from the merger. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
10/29/2016 9:48:34 AM
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Re: Regulations
@DHagar - The continued need to be #1 is a dangerous one that will never end. Though I would also assert that where Disney specifically is concerned - it is unnecessary. Disney exists in a field all its own, and in that field, will always be number one. They have made themselves irreplaceable in the minds of generations of people Even I, who is immediately hesitant of all corporations, holds a special love for Disney. 

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Ariella
Ariella
10/28/2016 11:35:46 AM
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Re: Tw + att
<Today, so much work gets invested in creating "the deal" that if things don't work out, people get reluctant to "cut bait" and move on even though that's probably the smart thing to do.> @James true, part of the sunk cost cognitive bias. 

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James Warner
James Warner
10/28/2016 11:30:48 AM
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Re: Tw + att
Absolutely.  

The most common complain I hear from content providers/owners is that CSPs are incredibly hard to work with.  The idea of being able to onboard/off-board simply and easily has a huge benefit to both parties.  Today, so much work gets invested in creating "the deal" that if things don't work out, people get reluctant to "cut bait" and move on even though that's probably the smart thing to do.

I see an opportunity to make all sorts of offerings - content, software, services - as easy as becoming an Amazon merchant.

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Ariella
Ariella
10/28/2016 11:04:56 AM
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Re: Tw + att
<They key is open and automated on-boarding.>

@James does the same apply to off-boarding?

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