Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger hits another roadblock, may be headed to administrative hearing

By Shawn Knight
Apr 23, 2015
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  1. fcc staff recommends hearing comcast-time warner cable merger comcast fcc acquisition merger time warner

    With each passing day, Comcast’s planned acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable is looking less likely to gain regulatory approval. Sources familiar with the situation recently told The Wall Street Journal that FCC staffers have determined the best course of action moving forward is a hearing designation order.

    Such a move would put the future of the merger in the hands of an administrative law judge. It’s not necessarily a death sentence but as the publication notes, it could be viewed as a strong sign of antitrust concerns.

    If it does go to a hearing, the two sides may have an opportunity to once again explain why they believe a merger is in the public’s best interest. Comcast contends that a merger will deliver an improved video and broadband experience to existing Time Warner customers and allow them to offer additional budget-minded broadband packages.

    Convincing regulators to look past potential antitrust violations hasn’t been easy. If allowed, the merger would create a single company that would control 57 percent of the broadband Internet market and nearly 30 percent of the pay-TV market in the US.

    Media companies like Discovery Communications, Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox have also voiced concerns, as have analysts like BTIG Research’s Rich Greenfield. Outside of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Greenfield said there is no major constituency that wants it to move forward.

    Comcast agreed to buy Time Warner Cable in early 2014 for $45.2 billion in a deal that would include Time Warner’s roughly 11 million subscribers. 

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  2. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 939   +244

    Other sites are calling the deal dead. I sure hope so. I put in my comments at the NY site for the deal. Besides having a monopoly, TWC is a bunch of thugs in my area.
  3. Ziffel

    Ziffel TS Booster Posts: 75   +62

    Let the people rejoice!! A great day for consumers!
  4. Without regulation, these companies would merge with each other and completely monopolize the industry. Competition is always good thing. This is a major win for the consumer.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    On the news in Los Angeles last night, it was announced that the merger has been called off by Comcast (y):D
  6. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 939   +244

    Yes, it is all over the news this morning that Comcast is dropping the bid. As I see it, this is a win for consumers. I'll stop short of calling it a big win because the big win for consumers will only come when these companies are relieved of their monopolies and there is competition in the markets they serve.

    The best name for the resulting company had it gone through would have to have been CommieCast. LOL
  7. On that news of Comcast dropping their bid for TWC.. Charter has expressed interest in a merger with TWC has been mentioned now.:eek:
  8. drpepperdude

    drpepperdude TS Rookie

    Thank god the deal didn't go though. Yes I hate Time Warner Cable speeds and prices but at least there is no bandwidth cap like with Comcast. Now if only Time Warner would upgrade their services and stop sucking ***.

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