Secretary of state accused of letting Comcast ghostwrite letter regarding Time Warner deal

Tech journal finds word-for-word similarities between company’s stance and Kate Brown’s letter as the FCC mulls Comcast’s proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

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The tech journal, The Verge, found word-for-word similarities between Comcast’s stance and Kate Brown’s letter to the FCC, which is mulling Comcast’s proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.


The Verge notes that Comcast has contributed nearly $10,000 to Brown’s campaigns for secretary of state. (Comcast is also a big supporter of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who has not registered an opinion with the FCC on the Time Warner deal.)

Through a public records request, The Verge found that Brown worked closely with Comcast in writing her letter, using language the company had proposed. Tony Green, Brown’s spokesman, said that the letter followed a conversation between the secretary of state and a Comcast representative she knows.

In other Internet-provider news, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Google Fiber selected four cities to which it will be providing its services.

Portland didn’t make the cut. reports on the WSJ’s (paywall-protected) report:

Google has sent out invitations to announcements in four metro areas – Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, according to the paper. Officials in Portland say they have not received similar invitations.

Google Fiber announced last year that it was contemplating service in nine metro areas across the U.S., including Portland and five close-in suburbs (Gresham, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Hillsboro.)



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