Is your mayor in Comcast’s pocket?

Time to name and shame.

 

Kevin Collier

Tech

Published Sep 5, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 3:39 pm CDT

You, like most people, probably don’t want reviled Internet providers Comcast and Time Warner Cable to join forces to create a mega-corporation that could kill the Internet as we know it. But you’re probably not a mayor of a large American city.

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A whopping 52 mayors from cities across the country have all declared their support for the merger. In a signed letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Thursday, Aug. 21, they adopt those companies’ twisted logic that a near-monopoly would be a good thing for their citizens.

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As it happens, Comcast and Time Warner are regarded by several surveys as the most hated companies in America. They spend a fortune lobbying Congress to overturn net neutrality, which, if successful, would allow them to charge customers more to access certain websites at full speed.

Unlike the tools available to expose donations to members of Congress—to whom Comcast and Time Warner have given millions of dollars in campaign donations, some of it to politicians who then directly tried to kill net neutrality—there isn’t a central database to search mayoral campaign contributions.

Regardless, you probably want to know if your mayor has an inexplicable taste for high prices, low speeds, and terrible customer service. And if they do, you might want to give them a call.

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Alabama

William A. Bell, Sr., Birmingham

California

Tom Tait, Anaheim

Kathleen DeRosa, Cathedral City

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Harry Price, Fairfield

Acquanetta Warren, Fontana

Jeffrey Gee, Redwood City

Connecticut

Pedro E. Segarra, Hartford

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Colorado

Steve Hogan, Aurora

Marc Williams, Arvada

Richard N. McLean, Brighton

Michael B. Hancock, Denver

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Florida

Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach

Alvin Brown, Jacksonville

George Vallejo, North Miami Beach

John Marks, Tallahassee

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Tomas Regalado, Miami

Lori C. Moseley, Miramar

Buddy Dyer, Orlando

Frank C. Ortis, Pembroke Pines

Cindy Lerner, Pinecrest

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Kansas

Michael A. Boehm, Lenexa

Michael Copeland, Olathe

Massachusetts

Kevin J. Dumas, Attleboro

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Gary Christenson, Malden

Michael McGlynn, Medford

Daniel Rizzo, Revere

New Jersey

Albert B. Kelly, Bridgeton

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Dana Redd, Camden

Frank Nolan, Highlands

David DelVecchio, Lambertville

Gary J. Passanante, Somerdale

Thomas F. Kelaher, Toms River

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Eric Jackson, Trenton

New Mexico

Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque

Ken Miyagishima, Las Cruces

New York

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Byron Brown, Buffalo

Ernest D. Davis, Mount Vernon

Oregon

Lou Odgen, Tualatin

Pennsylvania

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Joseph DiGirolamo, Bensalem

Eric Papenfuse, Harrisburg

Rick Gray, Lancaster

Robert A. McMahon, Media

Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia

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C. Kim Bracey, York

South Carolina

Joe Riley, Charleston

Stephen K. Benjamin, Columbia

Texas

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Lee Leffingwell, Austin

Beth Van Duyne, Irving

Allen Owen, Missouri City

Leonard Scarcella, Stafford

Matthew Doyle, Texas City

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Correction: This story originally placed Hartford in Colorado, rather than Connecticut. We regret the error.

This article was originally published Aug. 22, 2014. You can support net neutrality by participating in the Internet Slowdown Day.

Photo via Chris Potter (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 5, 2014, 5:12 pm CDT