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Mayor “Concerned” Over Comcast Bid for Cable Subscribers

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio is raising questions about Comcast's bid to purchase Time Warner Cable.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the mayor said recent mergers have already reduced competition in the cable industry, and consumers and businesses are paying more each year for their cable TV and high speed internet subscriptions.

Before Comcast is allowed to acquire Time Warner Cable, the mayor wants to see Comcast demonstrate a real commitment to serving low-income customers with reduced-rate broadband packages.

Time Warner Cable has around 2.6 million subscribers in New York State and owns NY1. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also said he has concerns about the proposed merger, and has ordered a review of the likely impacts.

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Dear Mayor de Blasio,

The letter should simply read: "Do NOT Allow This merger as it only benefits the companies involved & NOT the customers.

Allowing this merger not only gives the appearance of FCC corruption, but neglects your mandate to protect consumers and the Public Policy Distribution networks of Broadcast media, Cable media, Satellite media and any future technology used to disseminate news, policy facts & Public Policy discussion amongst Citizens.

Companies do NOT vote, people do.

Aug. 26 2014 11:29 AM
Was a dem but not voting for Cuomo from NYC

Time Warner is one of the worst run NY Companies where they outsource job abroad. Cuomo doesn't care since they are a big corporate donor. They screw New Yorkers with high rates.

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/zephyrteachout/pages/136/attachments/original/1408380857/Flyer03_NY-That-Works_Black%281%29.pdf?1408380857

Aug. 26 2014 10:17 AM

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