Reform Groups Blast Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Plan

Posted by Todd O'Boyle on August 25, 2014


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Common Cause joined more than 60 other reform organizations today to demand the Federal Communications Commission reject Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. Allowing the nation’s largest cable provider to buy its next largest rival would be a disaster. At a time when we should be enhancing competition, and extending the reach of the Open Internet to all Americans, this proposal would move us toward monopoly and gatekeeper control.

Both firms have a nasty record of influence peddling at the federal, state, and local level to undermine competition and consumer protection. The results? High prices, mindless infotainment and less of the local news and information that democracy depends on.

As our letter to the FCC said of the merger:

“It would mean higher prices and fewer choices for broadband users and cable customers. It would put too much control over the future of the Internet and our communications infrastructure in one company’s hands and would negatively impact diversity and competition in ownership and content.”

It’s time to say no to further media monopolization.

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Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Media and Democracy

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