Editor in Chief
- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
You know you've pissed off a lot of people when a massive team-up of companies and consumer groups have rallied together and created a hate site to stop you. Such is the fate of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) who are attempting a $45 Billion merger. A coalition of companies and groups formed for the express purpose of stopping the merger. This includes Dish Network, the Parents Television Council, Public Knowledge, the Consumer Federation of America and the Writers Guild of America, West and many more.
This coalition is called StopMegaComcast, and its web landing page was designed to educate the public about this cable company nightmare scenario. The StopMegaComcast’s website (found here) shares,
“A competitive and diverse media and technology marketplace is fundamental to the health of our economy and our democracy. The Comcast-TWC merger threatens competition, runs counter to our antitrust and communications laws and should be rejected by federal regulators. This much power concentrated in the hands of one company would be frightening even for the most trustworthy of companies. And Comcast is definitely not that.”
Of course, Comcast responded to the website with some "questionable" logic and veracity,
"“Hundreds of community organizations, programmers, lawmakers and diversity groups have praised the pro-consumer benefits of this transaction. It is no secret that some companies that want billions of dollars in higher fees for consumers are paying lobbying firms to organize against this transaction.”
Sadly, this new coalition of opposition may not have much affect on the outcome because these same organizations have already been lobbying individually to stop the merger. Right now it's simply in the hands of regulators like the FCC. These regulatory agencies have indicated they plan to address the merger sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
Source: Comcast Opponents Team Up to Kill Time Warner Cable Deal Re code