There’s No Evidence Comcast’s New ‘Network Investment’ Is Because of Net Neutrality Repeal or Tax Cuts
Posted by BeauHD on 28th December 2017
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Comcast issued a statement last week claiming that the government’s new tax plan and the end of net neutrality will directly result in a dramatic spike in Comcast’s network investment and job creation plans. If you look at Comcast’s capital investments over the past 12 months and calculate continued investment growth at current rates — you’ll find that Comcast was already on pace to spend more than $50 billion on investment over the next five years.

Journalists that could be bothered to take a closer look at Comcast’s earnings discovered that the company’s promise of $50 billion in investment over five years is something that would have occurred regardless of the net neutrality repeal or Comcast’s shiny new tax cut. “In Q3 2017, the most recent quarter, Comcast’s capital expenditures were $2.4 billion,” noted Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin. “Continuing to spend at that rate, even if Comcast doesn’t increase spending to account for inflation, would push Comcast to $9.6 billion a year or $48 billion over the next five years.” Indeed; if you look at Comcast’s capital investments over the past 12 months and calculate continued investment growth at current rates — you’ll find that Comcast was already on pace to spend more than $50 billion on investment over the next five years.

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