Consumers Union Press Releases

Opponents Rally Against Comcast Mega Merger Before CPUC Hearing in Los Angeles

Hundreds Rally to Oppose Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger before the California Public Utilities Commission Meeting California Community and Business Leaders Unite in Opposition of Comcast-Time Warner Merger Los Angeles (April 14, 2015) Hundreds of consumer advocates, business and community leaders gathered today in front of the Los Angeles offices of the California Public Utilities Commission Continue Reading

California PUC Commissioner Opposes Comcast Mega Merger

California PUC Commissioner Calls For Comcast Mega Merger to Be Rejected  Commissioner Florio Says Comcast–Time Warner Cable Merger Is Not In The Public Interest; Conditions Can’t Overcome Harm  SAN FRANCISCO, CA – California Public Utilities Commissioner Mike Florio called for the proposed Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger to be rejected today.  The CPUC, which oversees telephone and Continue Reading

CU’s Ad Campaign Highlights How the Comcast Merger Hurts Consumers

“What’s Worse Than Comcast Today?  Comcast Tomorrow.”  Consumers Union’s New Ad Campaign Highlights How The Comcast Merger Will Hurt Consumers  WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the nation’s biggest cable and broadband provider, Comcast has earned a poor reputation in customer satisfaction surveys year after year.  But consumers can get expect things to go from bad to worse Continue Reading

90,000 Californians Sign Petition Calling on PUC to Block Comcast Merger

90,000 Californians Sign Petition Calling for Comcast Merger to Be Blocked  Consumer Advocates Urge California Public Utilities Commission To Reject Proposed Decision, Deny Comcast Merger  PUC All-Party Meeting on Comcast Merger Today at 2pm in San Francisco  SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Consumer groups renewed their call today for the California Public Utilities Commission to reject the Continue Reading

Consumers Union Debunks Comcast’s Five Biggest Promises about Time Warner Cable Merger

Consumers Union Debunks Comcast’s Five Biggest Promises about Time Warner Cable Merger Opposition to Merger Mounts as One Year Anniversary Approaches WASHINGTON, D.C. – One year after Comcast first announced its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable, opposition to the deal is mounting amid growing concerns about its negative impacts.  While Comcast has spent millions Continue Reading

FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Would Provide Strong Consumer Protections

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Consumers Union: FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Would Provide Strong Consumer Protections WASHINGTON – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler today announced he will circulate a proposal for net neutrality to commissioners that would increase the FCC’s authority to oversee Internet service providers as common carriers, such as traditional telephone service, using Continue Reading

Comcast merger opponents have submitted nearly 600,000 public comments to FCC

December 19, 2014 Comcast Merger Opponents Have Submitted Nearly 600,000 Public Comments to FCC  Merger Would Stifle Competition and Lead to Higher Prices, Fewer Choices, And Even Worse Customer Service WASHINGTON. D.C. – Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger announced today that they have submitted just under 600,000 public comments to the Federal Communications Commission in Continue Reading

CU rebuts Comcast’s merger claims In latest filing with FCC

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Consumers Union urges FCC to reject Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger in reply comments to agency WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today filed reply comments at the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of CU and Common Cause in opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. In the filing, Continue Reading

California PUC urged to reject the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger

December 11, 2014 Greenlining Institute ~ Consumers Union ~TURN ~ Media Alliance ~ California Common Cause   Low Income, Consumer, & Media Advocacy Groups Urge California PUC to Reject the Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Advocacy groups representing low income Californians, consumers, and diverse media voices urged the California Public Utilities Commission Continue Reading

CU Praises President Obama’s Statement in Support of a Free and Open Internet

Consumers Union praises President’s statement in support of free and open Internet WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, applauded today’s statement by President Obama in support of strong net neutrality rules to ensure a free and open Internet, including the reclassification of consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Continue Reading

“Comcast Attacks!” Ad Shows How the Cable Monster’s Merger Will Hurt Consumers

October 30, 2014 “Comcast Attacks!” Ad Highlights How the Cable Monster’s Merger With Time Warner Cable Will Hurt Consumers  Merger Would Allow Comcast to Dominate the Market, Leading to Higher Prices, Fewer Choices And Worse Customer Service  WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new Halloween-themed ad appearing in Communications Daily today by Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm Continue Reading

Despite an FCC No-Show, New Yorkers Speak Out for the Open Internet

NEW YORK — The fight to save Net Neutrality and stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger came to Brooklyn on Monday night as an enthusiastic crowd of New Yorkers testified before five empty chairs, each representing one of the five FCC commissioners who either declined or failed to respond to the event organizers’ invitations to Continue Reading

As Comcast shareholders’ vote for Time Warner Cable merger, Consumers Union says merger is “bad deal” for consumers

Comcast shareholders voted in favor of the company’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable at a special shareholders’ meeting held in Philadelphia. The merger is under review by federal and state governments.

Consumers Union calls on Justice Department to block Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

CU submits detailed document to Justice on how deal violates antitrust law

Stronger net neutrality rules needed for both wireless and wired Internet services

Consumers Union calls on FCC to support stronger net neutrality rules, apply equal standards to wireless and wired services WASHINGTON, DC – In comments filed today at the Federal Communications Commission, Consumers Union called on the FCC to support stronger net neutrality rules, saying the same protections should be applied equally to wireless Internet networks Continue Reading

Advocacy Groups Urge the FCC to Hold Field Hearings on Net Neutrality

Largest Online Advocacy Groups to FCC: Get Out of D.C. Chairman Wheeler must respond to overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality by leaving Washington and meeting face-to-face with Americans WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, 27 of the nation’s largest online advocacy groups submitted a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the agency to participate Continue Reading

FCC Chairman’s Concerns About Broadband Competition Show Why the Comcast Merger Should be Rejected

Thursday, September 4, 2014 Consumers Union: FCC Chairman’s concerns about broadband competition show why Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger should be rejected WASHINGTON, D.C . – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today delivereda speech on the state of the market for high-speed Internet service and the need for greater broadband competition. Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Continue Reading

65 Groups Urge the FCC to Reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

For Immediate Release:  Monday, August 25, 2014 65 Groups Urge the FCC to Reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Deal Would Give Comcast Unprecedented Market Power & Lead To Higher Prices and Fewer Choices For Consumers Sixty-five organizations representing consumers, content producers, and social justice and democracy-reform advocates called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today to Continue Reading

Consumers Union urges FCC to reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Consumers Union called on the FCC to block the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, filing a petition with Common Cause against the deal as the FCC seeks public comment on the merger.

“”Together Isn’t Better” Video Pokes Fun At Comcast’s Ad Campaign & Merger With Time Warner Cable

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, took a light-hearted look at Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable today in a new satirical video.   The video pokes fun at Comcast’s “Together is Better” ad campaign, which promises everything will get better if the cable Continue Reading

Consumers Union Presses FCC For Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

Consumers Union presses FCC for stronger net neutrality rules – In public comments filed at FCC, Consumers Union argues for reclassifying broadband as telecommunications service as companies like Comcast seek mergers to increase market power – Consumer Reports survey: 58% oppose paid-priority deals between Internet service providers and content companies WASHINGTON – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Continue Reading

CR Poll: Most Consumers Oppose the Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Majority of Consumers Oppose the Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger  Large Majorities Agree That Proposed Merger Will Cost Consumers  YONKERS, NY:  Most Americans are opposed to the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, according to a new public opinion poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The Continue Reading

Groups protest Comcast’s proposed merger outside company’s shareholder meeting in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A coalition of organizations and local residents opposing Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable protested the deal today outside the Comcast investor meeting in Philadelphia.  The groups, which have gathered over 400,000 signatures from people throughout the country opposed to the merger, held a “People’s Vote” on the deal and called Continue Reading

As House preps for Comcast-Time Warner Cable hearing, Consumers Union says deal “extremely harmful”

As the House prepares to hold a hearing on the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, CU is telling lawmakers the deal would be extremely harmful to consumers, and the federal government should oppose it.

Consumers Union on Comcast-Charter deal: Hard to see any benefits for consumers, competition

Cable companies Comcast and Charter Communications announced a $20 billion deal as Comcast seeks government approval for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.