Time Warner now has 12.1 million cable customers and 10.2 million wireless Internet customers. Verizon offers cable television services in portions of its service teritory under the brand name "Fi OS." Verizon recently entered into a partnership with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks in which each company will market and sell the other's services.Consolidation has contributed to tough times for the newspaper industry.
Twenty-seven television stations and FOX Broadcasting Company (FOX Network, My Network TV); FOX News; FOX Business; FOX News Radio Network; FOX News Talk Channel; FSN (12 regional sports networks); FX; SPEED; FUEL TV; Fox College Sports; Fox Movie Channel; Fox Soccer Channel; Fox Soccer Plus; Fox Pan American Sports; Fox Deportes; Big Ten Network; National Geographic U.Eight television stations and the ABC television network; ESPN; Disney Channels Worldwide; ABC Family; SOAPnet Networks; A&E (42 percent stake); Lifetime Television (42 percent stake); the History Channel (42 percent stake); Lifetime Movie Network (42 percent stake); the Biography Channel (42 percent stake); History International (42 percent stake); Lifetime Real Women (42 percent stake); Live Well Network (42 percent stake) The Washington Post Company is engaged in print and online publishing of newspapers and magazines, television broadcasting and cable television systems.The company also owns Kaplan, Inc., which provides higher education services, test preparation, language instruction and professional training.In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs.Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public. These private equity firms own Clear Channel, the largest radio station owner in the country.When the industry was swimming in profits in the 1990s, big media companies used 14–27 percent profit margins to buy up other properties rather than invest in the quality of their existing products or innovate for the future.