Franken Tells FCC to Nix Comcast/TWC

Not surprisingly, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has told the FCC to block the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger.

Franken, one of Hill's biggest critics of big media mergers, said in comments to the FCC Monday that the deal would give the FCC too much market power. Franken says he is "counting on" FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and the other commissioners to "protect the public interest and reject the deal."

He told B&C last month he thought the FCC should block the deal and clearly nothing has changed in the interim.

"Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would position Comcast as a veritable gatekeeper over vast swaths of the nation's telecommunications industry, resulting in higher prices, fewer choices, and worse service for consumers in Minnesota and across the country," Franken said. "Because the proposed acquisition does not advance the public interest—but, rather, is inimical to it— it must be rejected."

John Eggerton

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.