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Comcast Limits the Olympic Experience

With the London Olympics coming to a close, many records were broken, including the amount of bandwidth used to stream the games live.  The opening ceremony showed Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, tweeting a message that said, “this is for everyone.”  The problem with this is there are still many people who don’t have access to the internet, even in 2012.  People in over 65 countries were able to stream Olympic video for free, while in the US the only people who could get online coverage were those who paid for cable, satellite or telephone- company TV subscriptions that included NBC.  Since Comcast is the majority owner of NBC, they made sure everyone paid for the live streaming of all the events, which is too bad because the Olympics are a time for the country to be united, whether you can afford an internet connection or not.  This was just another example of Comcast having way too much control and abusing their power.  This is why the need for competition amongst broadband providers is crucial, so that people can stop paying Comcast such a high price for slow speeds.