The impact of Comcast taking over Time Warner Cable raises many questions for cable consumers. Will cable prices increase? How will this impact net neutrality?
Merger raises many business questions
The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable would create a company with a 70% share of the cable market in the United States. The biggest question raised, as discussed in the attached video, is what would the merger mean for consumers.
Consumer groups are already gearing up their opposition to the merger saying the newly formed super sized company would drive prices up. The cable companies involved in the merger say the combined company would save money and improve their technologies.
Comcast Corporation is the largest mass media and communications company in the world by revenue. Comcast is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the United States. Should a merger be allowed that creates a company with 70% market share?
Possible impact on net neutrality
It will also be interesting to see how much the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger adds to the net neutrality debate. Could allowing a Comcast and Time Warner merger give the FCC a new avenue to imposing net neutrality regulations?
Although the boards of both companies have approved the deal, the final authority comes with government approval. Both the FCC and FTC will be looking at the potential impact of the merger.
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