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Comcast has grown from a small cable television company in the 1990s to the largest conglomerate in the space, all thanks to Brian Roberts and his father Ralph Roberts. It was a real bootstrapping, entrepreneurial, family-run company that did many great things over the years and helped to transform the industry. Has it now grown too large? Will Comcast's current growth plans help or hurt the wireless and television industry? You may be surprised -- it's a little of both. Comcast has successfully grown over the last decade or two. In fact, it now also owns NBC Universal, meaning television channels like CNBC and much more.
As always, a thought provoking read-thanks. The sooner the playing-field is leveled, the sooner we will have some decent competition and choice. In the same way the AT&T/T-Mo deal was detrimental to competition, so too is this. If cell providers like Tracfone for example, were given the choice of selling better handsets, Sprint or T-Mobile the option of bidding for Comcast spectrum, we would see a totally different picture, where consumers could actually choose the carrier that offered the best service or deal, instead of which consumers are forced into a corner, where they have few choices if they want speed/a specific handset/reliable coverage. You are spot on the mark with your statement "We have to make a hard decision on the direction of the industry going forward."