An ever-growing group of critics of the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger have stepped up their efforts to thwart the marriage of the country’s two largest cable providers. Broadcasting & Cable has the details on a new effort titled “Don’t Comcast the Internet,” with a new website to match. The site highlights Comcast’s long record of bad behavior, and makes a compelling case that a combined Comcast and Time Warner would not be to the consumers’ benefit.
While many of the complaints are familiar: high prices and poor customer service, Don’t Comcast the Internet manages to paint a darker picture of an Internet that’s a lot more like pay-TV service, where a single entity (Comcast) can charge high prices and control what consumers can and can’t access.
According to rivals, Comcast simply has too much power, which they often use as an anti-competitive weapon, across multiple industries. In the past, Comcast has shut out device makers like Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV, slowed speeds for online video services like Netflix, shuffled channels to give its own NBC stations an advantage over competitors, and blocked local sports programming from other cable providers.