Consumer Groups Concerned About Comcast
17, 2014- Tom Joseph
- It's a $45 billion deal that would make Philadelphia-based Comcast the
driving force in cable TV. But some groups have concerns about how the
company's merger with Time Warner Cable will affect broadband Internet access,
especially in underserved areas, according to Craig Aaron, president of the media
watchdog group Free Press.
is the country's largest Internet service provider, and adding all of Time
Warner Cable's Internet customers is going to make them a huge, huge force when
it comes to high-speed Internet."
said the newly formed media giant also would have added sway in Washington to
push forward an agenda that enhances its bottom line.
spend a lot of money on lobbying. They lobby both parties. President Obama has
spent time golfing and socializing on Martha's Vineyard with the CEO of
Comcast, and the chairman of the FCC used to be a cable lobbyist," he
claims the deal would be beneficial to consumers as the company rolls out more
cloud-based services to Time Warner Cable customers, and that it will
eventually be able to provide higher broadband speeds.
of the deal say it should be blocked because it would ultimately result in
decreased competition, higher rates and, potentially, compromised service. In
addition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a lobbying organization
focused on digital rights, has accused Comcast of slowing users' broadband