David L. Cohen

Comcast Faces Hurdles on Time Warner Cable Merger, Internet Rules

Company with extensive ties to Democrats is one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying forces

Comcast’s transformation from a midsize firm in the early 2000s to a lobbying powerhouse epitomizes how businesses can profit from influence in Washington, but the cable and Internet giant is now facing some resistance from the Obama administration and regulators, the Wall Street Journal reports.

FCC Pauses Clock on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it paused its "shot-clock" on the review of the proposed $45 billion merger between the two largest U.S. cable providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc.

Protestors: Comcast Not Paying Its ‘Fair Share’

Democrat-linked company hit with protests for its low tax payments

Pennsylvania protestors are taking aim at one of President Barack Obama’s largest corporate supporters for not paying a “fair share” of taxes. On Sunday, a dozen protestors showed up outside the state capital building in Harrisburg, accusing Comcast and a slew of other major companies of failing to pay enough taxes. The demonstrators chanted “pay your fair share,” in reference to the multi-billion dollar companies tax rate in the state.

Comcast Dropped Popular Rural TV Network for Al Jazeera America

Hearing covers concerns about Comcast, TWC merger

Comcast dropped a popular rural television network last year right before launching the unproven Al Jazeera America network, one of several concerns raised by witnesses on Thursday about the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and its potential market power.

Oligarchy in the Twenty-First Century

Column: Think rich conservatives rule the world? Think again.

“To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell famously wrote, “needs a constant struggle.” In front of my nose as I write this is a copy of last Sunday’s New York Times. I have opened it to the business section. Below the fold is one of many Times articles on Thomas Piketty, the French economist and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which argues that America has entered a second Gilded Age of vast inequality, inherited fortunes, and oligarchic politics, where the shape of public discourse and public policy is determined by a wealthy few.