Technology: Coalition Forms Against Cable Merger

Last month, a coalition formed in order to stop the pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Now, as the coalition continues to grow, more than 27 different groups have joined, and the number is growing. Coalition members want to get the message across that this merger will mean “higher prices, fewer choices, and worse service for customers.” Further, the coalition believes that by controlling over 50 percent of high speed broadband connections, the new Comcast would be able to raise prices, limit internet content, and “fundamentally alter how consumers use the internet.” Coalition members include the Parents Television Council, the Writers Guild of America East, and Consumers Union, all of whom fear that the merger would also lead to less compelling programming for viewers.

Contributor: Johanna Hartman

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