Comcast is under investigation by the Justice Department for data caps it's putting in to deal with streaming video traffic through high-speed Internet connections.
When the nation's largest cable company purchased NBC Universal in 2011, I was outraged. Comcast gobbled up a major content provider, and had to promise that it wouldn't play games when allowing customers to watch video content in order to get the deal through. But I guess Comcast lied.
Now the latest numbers show that 105 million Americans each day are watching streaming video. Those who are under age 35 are particularly reluctant to get a subscription to pay TV. They're watching streaming video on Hulu, Hulu Plus, Netflix or the networks' own websites.
By the way, for streaming video capability I love the Roku 2, which has a street price of around $80.
So the cable companies like Comcast are in terror that they'll become dumb pipes. But instead of competing in the free market, Comcast is using its government-granted monopoly position to choke free enterprise.
I truly hope the Justice Department investigation is not just sound and fury signifying nothing in an election year.