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The specter of Comcast as a wireless carrier is more than a little frightening

Mark Hachman | Feb. 4, 2016
Comcast voice, video, Internet... and now cellular? With Comcast's plans to bid for wireless spectrum, "Xfinity Wireless" sounds a little more real.

Wall Street has wondered whether Comcast would enter the wireless market probably as far back as when Comcast offered a joint ”quadruple play” deal with Verizon in 2012. Comcast chief financial officer Michael Cavanagh also noted that Comcast wants to leverage the 13.3 million wireless hotspots it supplies to customers—most likely piggybacked onto its latest generation of routers. Both are evidence that Comcast could be preparing for that next step into wireless.

Whether that'd be a good thing for consumers, however, is a completely different question. There’s the issue of bundling—consumers are under no obligation to sign up for any Comcast service at all, though Comcast’s promotional prices are designed to lure you in—followed by notorious examples of near abuse when customers try to opt out.  Comcast has definitely earned its title as the worst company in America, though it has tried to dig itself out. When a Comcast set-top box failed me during the NFL playoffs, the company threw in a three-month free subscription to Showtime to soothe my frustration. 

So let’s ask you, the reader: Would you buy wireless service through Comcast, if it meant a few bucks off on your other services? Tell us in the comments. 


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