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A History of Harmful & Anticompetitive Acts

The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will unite two companies with widely reported track records of anticompetitive behavior. From blocking online content to denying sports channels to fans, both companies have demonstrated that they are all too willing to use their power to block competition and choice. Learn More.

 

FCC Filings against the Merger

  • COMPTEL’s petition to deny the merger and subsequent reply
  • NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association’s petition to deny the merger and subsequent reply
  • ITTA’s petition to deny the merger
  • Netflix’s petition to deny the merger
  • The Sports Fans Coalition’s petition to deny the merger
  • The petition to deny the merger from Los Angeles County, CA; Montgomery County, MD; Portland, OR; Ramsey-Washington Counties (MN) Suburban Cable Communications Commission.
  • Consumers Union and Common Cause’s petition to deny the merger
  • Public Knowledge and Open Technology Institute’s petition to deny the merger
  • Dish Network’s petition to deny the merger
  • Free Press’ petition to deny the merger
  • Frontier Communications’ petition to deny the merger
  • The Future of Music Coalition and Writers Guild of America West’s petition to deny the merger
  • Weathernation TV’s petition to deny the merger
  • The petition to deny the merger from 25 consumers’ rights groups

 

Other Voices against the Merger

“On February 13, Comcast announced its plans to buy Time Warner Cable for approximately $45 billion, a proposal that would concentrate significant power in the hands of an already huge corporation. I am concerned that the proposed acquisition could result in higher prices, fewer choices, and even worse service for customers.”
- Letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN); Sen. Franken also filed with the a statement in opposition to the proposed merger

 

“Because of the vast variety of means Comcast would have post-merger to harm competition, and the new ways that could arise as the market continues to evolve, behavioral remedies cannot be relied upon to fix the particular competitive  problems that the current proposed merger creates. The merger should be blocked in its entirety.”
- Letter from 37 leading antitrust and economics professors

 

“In the weeks since our initial submission to the Commission, we have heard from a number of New Yorkers about their continuing concern regarding the merger. This has included questions raised by leaders in the City’s technology sector, which represents a significant and growing portion of our local economy…[Tech sector] leaders have expressed concern that as Comcast acquires even greater market share, it will have reduced incentive to respond to customer concerns, such as those relating to discrepancies between promised and delivered bandwidth. This is alarming given both Comcast’s and Time Warner Cable’s already poor customer satisfaction ratings.”
- Letter from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

 

“The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would give Comcast unthinkable gatekeeper power over our commercial, social and civic lives. Everyone from the biggest business to the smallest startup, from elected officials to everyday people, would have to cross through Comcast’s gates. Give these clear and present dangers and the complete lack of any tangible benefits, it’s clear that the union of the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 cable companies is not good for competition or in the public interest.”
- Letter from more than 50 public interest groups

 

"An enlarged Comcast would be the bully in the schoolyard, able to dictate terms to content creators, Internet companies, other communications networks that must interconnect with it, and distributors who must access its content. By raising the costs of its rivals and business partners, an enlarged Comcast would raise costs for consumers, who ultimately pay the bills."
- Forbes

 

“[C]ustomers and other businesses can't be left out. Washington will have to ponder carefully whether to approve a deal that threatens to undermine competition and consumer choice.” 
- San Francisco Chronicle

 

“[T]his merger would fundamentally change the structure of this important industry and give one company too much control over what information, shows, movies and sports Americans can access on TVs and the Internet.”  
- The New York Times

 

“[I]t's hard to see what could be gained from allowing the first and third largest Internet service providers, controlling 24% and 13% of the market, respectively, to merge."
- USA Today

 

“Nothing about this merger moves the country toward the high-speed, low-cost broadband accessible to all that [FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps] says the rest of the world is getting, and the U.S. does not have.”
- The Seattle Times

 

“The larger question that regulators must consider is what will happen after Comcast swallows Time Warner [Cable]whole, giving it far more power to dictate to content providers what gets to drive on its digital superhighway — and how fast. There is a threat here not only to consumers but to innovation.” 
- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

 

“There are many, many questions that will need to be answered before regulators at the FCC and the Justice Department could approve the merger.” 
- The Republican

 

“In many parts of the world, broadband access is exponentially superior to America's at a third of the price. But thanks in large part to Comcast and Time Warner [Cable]'s dominance of the U.S. market, consumer prices for broadband and cable service here are climbing, competition is declining and America's ability to compete in the global marketplace is under siege.” 
- San Jose Mercury News

 

“The PSC [New York Public Service Commissions] also has noted its concerns about the merger's potential to sway "market power" — a company's influence over suppliers and customers in terms of prices and contract negotiations. New York consumers, especially those in the Capital Region, would go from reasonably sized pan fish in Time Warner [Cable]'s lake to mere specks in Comcast's ocean.”
- Albany Times Union

The Don’t Comcast the Internet campaign is driven by COMPTEL, ITTA (The Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance) and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which together represent more than one thousand businesses providing competitive video, Internet, Internet content, and voice services. We are calling on federal regulators to deny the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and prevent the serious harms it poses to competition, innovation and consumer choice. For this purpose, we have formed a coalition called Networks for Competition and Choice.

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