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Washington state: Comcast was “even more deceptive” than we thought

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The attorney general of Washington has filed a new amended complaint in an ongoing lawsuit against Comcast, claiming that “new evidence” reveals “even more deceptive conduct than previously alleged.”

The lawsuit, which was initially submitted in August 2016, alleged that hundreds of thousands of Washington residents were “deceived” into paying “at least $73 million in subscription fees over the last five years for a near-worthless ‘protection plan.’”

According to the amended complaint, which was filed in King County Superior Court on Thursday, newly obtained recorded calls between Comcast and its Washington customers who subscribed to its “Service Protection Plan” show “that Comcast may have signed up more than half of all SPP subscribers without their consent. Comcast deceived consumers even when mentioning the SPP, telling them the SPP plan was ‘free’ when they signed up, when in fact, Comcast would automatically charge them every month after the first month.”

This what happens in monopolies and oligopolies. Unfortunately, senior executives will never go to jail and business will be as usual. That is because of the very corrupt lobbyist ridden culture in the states and in Washington. Is it time for citizens to deliver justice to those guilty directly? Perhaps. But that assumes they will involved and get organized to form the type of organizations capable of effecting real change. Given the fact the civic understanding and participation is poor in the U.S., I doubt things will change. But enough is enough, to is time to get involved.

As The FCC Guts Net Neutrality, Comcast Again Falsely Claims You Have Nothing To Worry About

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With the FCC formally confirming its plan to kill existing net neutrality protections December 15, Comcast is back again insisting that you have absolutely nothing to worry about. In a new blog post, top Comcast lobbyist “Chief Diversity Officer” David Cohen once again claims that net neutrality harmed industry investment (independent analysis and executive statements have repeatedly shown this to be a lie), that Comcast will be able to self-regulate in the absence of real oversight, and that gutting the Title II foundation underpinning the agency’s rules just isn’t that big of a deal:

“As we have said previously, this proposal is not the end of net neutrality rules. With the FCC transparency requirement and the restoration of the FTC‘s role in overseeing information services, the agencies together will have the authority to take action against any ISP which does not make its open Internet practices clearly known to consumers, and if needed enforce against any anti-competitive or deceptive practices. Comcast has already made net neutrality promises to our customers, and we will continue to follow those standards, regardless of the regulations in place.”

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