We all owe Rocco Commisso a big debt of gratitude for owning up to what other broadband cable providers are not willing to say.
I am referring to Rocco Commisso, CEO of New York-based 1.5 million-subscriber Mediacom Communications, and the eighth largest cable television provider.
In remarks at the annual Washington, D.C. summit of the American Cable Association, Commisso, also a C-SPAN board member, told the group of small and medium-size independent cable companies what the telecoms have been saying, but the broadband cable providers have been too genteel to admit what they really feel about net neutrality.
"I think what the phone industry's saying and what we're saying is we've made an investment, and I don't think the government should be coming and telling us how we can work that infrastructure, simple as that," my colleague Anne Broache reports Commisso said during a panel discussion about issues faced by companies like his.
"Why don't they go and tell the oil companies what they should charge for their damn gas?"
OK, big cable, come clean. Rocco Commisso has called you out. Don't hide behind transparent p.r.-crafted "we'll always play fair, sky is not falling" civilities, while at the same time, you are fighting net neutrality rules every bit as hard as the telcos are.