Groups opposed to the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger are getting together in hopes that strength in numbers will help their cause, they told members of the press in a conference call Monday (Feb. 2).
Under the banner of "Don't Comcast the Internet," COMPTEL, the Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance, and the Rural Broadband Association have formed a coalition focused on what they say is preventing a combined company to do to the 'net what they say Comcast has done to traditional video distribution, which they say is to drive up prices for others and limit competition.
Comcast could become the new Ma Bell, they said, and the Federal Commuications Commission should make sure that doesn't happen, preferably by denying the 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.
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