Hundreds of Thousands Call on FCC to Halt 'Disastrous Merger'

October 12, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Critics of the proposed Comcast buyout of Time Warner Cable are flooding the Federal Communications Commissions, calling on the government office to shut down this “disastrous merger.”

In addition to the thousands of individuals who voiced their opposition to the $45 billion media mega-merger, over 600,000 comments were submitted by advocacy groups Common Cause and Consumers Union ahead of the public comment period deadline Tuesday.

“Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to this disastrous merger,” said Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union in a recent press statement. “They know that combining two companies with terrible track records for providing lousy service at high prices will make an already bad situation worse.  We need more competition to give consumers real choices, not an even bigger Comcast that will dominate the market and be even less responsive to its customers’ needs.”

In a joint reply (pdf) to the FCC, Consumers Union and Common Cause highlight what they said was “Comcast’s distorted view of the marketplace:”

The two groups are also included in the recently launched Stop Mega Comcast Coalition, whose members on Tuesday filed reply comments with the FCC, offering additional proof why the deal is not in the public interest. The coalition includes public interest groups, labor unions, private companies and industry associations opposed to the merger and is being run by the Glover Park Group, a major lobbying and consulting firm.