Comcast, the largest cable/Internet provider in the country, recently announced plans to take over Time Warner Cable, the second largest provider, for $45.2 billion–pending approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.
Opponents of the deal maintain that it could seriously compromise competition, net neutrality, and customer service in 19 of the 20 largest TV markets. Comcast, however, insists the merger will pose no threat to consumers because the two media conglomerates operate in non-overlapping markets and their combined customer base would represent less than one-third of the total market (after a divestment of 3 million subscribers).
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