Franken vs. Comcast

Interesting article by entrepreneur and Maverick owner, Mark Cuban, writing about our senator:

Senator Al Franken is Requesting User Caps on Internet Bandwidth ?

Thoughts?

4 Comments so far

  1. tim (unregistered) on February 25th, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    Interesting? Hardly. Cuban is being an arrogant ass and one that is throwing a lot of FUD around. No surprise coming from him. I found his rant utterly pointless.

    Saying that – Franken’s requirement to force NBC/Comcast to deliver content the way he wants it to be is downright silly.


  2. Aaron (s4xton) on February 25th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    This is not Franken vs. the Internet and Al Franken is not requesting caps on Internet bandwidth. This post is incredibly misleading — even more than the misleading headline of the piece it links to.

    If anyone has actually listened to what Franken has said in regards to the Comcast/NBC merger, you’d see that he’s been incredibly and uncharacteristically — for a Senator — in the consumer’s interest. Here’s some examples:

    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=al%20franken%20comcast#

    One of these really should be a metblogs post on its own.


  3. ashley on February 25th, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    Aaron,
    You’re right- Cuban isn’t saying Franken is requesting caps on Internet bandwith. I’m pretty sure he used that title to get people to read the story, as did I with my title. I’ll change my title to Franken vs. Comcast then. There you go.

    Cuban does however, raise the point that what Franken is requesting COULD logically lead to caps, as well as a rise in the cost of consumers’ internet bill. You’re also correct that Franken is trying to act in the consumer’s interest. But Cuban (a libertarian and follower of Ayn Rand philosophy) is implying that if businesses want to keep customers, then they are the ones best suited to act in the customer’s interest, not politicians.


  4. David (jacc) on February 25th, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    I preferred the title “Franken vs. The Internet” because it sounded like a great comic book. Though, I’m pretty sure Al Gore could take him.



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