Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks want to merge into a new entity: Mega Cable.

As proposed, Mega Cable could undermine new and emerging streaming video services, starve out independent programmers and worsen customer service, all while raising prices. That must not be permitted; the FCC and DOJ must solve the harms presented by Mega Cable.

Meet Mega Cable

Mega Cable, along with Comcast, would control broadband access to the vast majority of American homes at speeds of 25 Mbps and above – at least 70 percent and possibly as high as 90 percent. This gives these entities the ability and incentive to coordinate their actions to control the future of the Internet and all of the innovative services that rely on a robust high-speed broadband connection.

The Stop Mega Cable Coalition believes that kind of concentrated power risks serious harms.  Among other things, a duopoly threatens the future of video distribution services provided by over-the-top (“OTT”) distributors, and smaller and new entrant MVPDs. And, if you thought cable prices and customer service were bad today, just wait until just two cable companies control the vast majority of the nation’s high-speed broadband market.

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Broadband Duopoly

Together, Mega Cable and Comcast will utterly dominate the nation’s high-speed broadband marketplace. In fact, across the country the two companies will control at least 70 percent and possibly as high as 90 percent of high-speed broadband connections of 25 Mbps and above. That puts these giants in position to control the future of broadband in America.

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Too Much Power

Mega Cable will have too much power. We just can’t allow two companies to control the vast majority of high-speed broadband connections in the country.

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Resources

Learn more about the threat to competition and consumers posed by Mega Cable.

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