How NY could halt Comcast-TWC merger [Comcast Roundup]

"New Yorkers alone would account for nearly 10 percent of [the merged] company's total customer base." That and other news in this week's Comcast Roundup.

  • The Father of Net Neutrality Returns to Do Battle With Comcast [Wired]: “His views are likely to be in the spotlight over the next few months, as the FCC takes another shot at regulating service providers and [Tim] Wu makes a run for the Lieutenant Governorship of New York State. His platform: fighting corruption, helping small business, terminating the proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner—a merger that would further reduce competition in the world of internet access.”
  • How New York could put a stop to Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable [Washington Post]: “If Comcast fails to convince state regulators that buying up Time Warner Cable (TWC) would benefit consumers, the PSC has the power to block the merger from happening within the state, says Brad Ramsay, the top lawyer for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. […] How important is it that Comcast get New York’s blessing? Look at it this way: Comcast has a fraction of the customers in New York that TWC has — 23,000 versus more than 2.5 million. Considering that the entire merger nationwide would give Comcast control over 30 million subscribers, New Yorkers alone would account for nearly 10 percent of [the merged] company’s total customer base.
  • See the local winners of Comcast’s business essay contest [Comcast]
  • Report: Religious Right Leader Working With Comcast [Philadelphia Magazine]: “Century Strategies, the Atlanta-based firm [Ralph] Reed owns, has been on retainer with Comcast for eight or 10 years, the source said. Reed has a long history of working to curtail LGBT rights as a leader in the social conservative movement. During the 1990s, he was executive director of the Christian Coalition and criticized the policies of the Clinton administration.”
  • Comcast’s Fast Internet Is Bad For Its Merger Hopes [TIME]: “An FCC report that found Comcast offers fast internet undermines its central argument for why it should be allowed to merge with Time Warner Cable.”
  • Planning the new Comcast tower, from large to small [Philadelphia Inquirer]: “‘When you have a project of this magnitude, there are a million moving parts,’ said Karen Dougherty Buchholz, the woman who choreographed Philadelphia’s 2000 Republican National Convention and is now the Comcast senior vice president leading the new tower project.”
  • Comcast, Pay Your Fair Share [Media Mobilizing Project]: Watch this episode of MMP’s video series, The Spark.

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