Comcast/TWC Critics: Neutrality Won't Sweeten It

Groups that don't like the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger say they would still not like it even if it had a net neutrality condition that applied the new rules regardless of their court status.

On Friday, 37 groups that have been criticizing the deal sent a letter to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler reminding him of how much they oppose it.

Now that the FCC's new Open Internet rules have been taken to court by cable and telco operators, one line of thinking is that approving the deal with a net neutrality condition would mean that a company serving between and a third and a half of broadband subs would be subjected to the rules no matter what happened in court, as was the case with the net neutrality condition on the Comcast/NBCU deal.


Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.