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Putting the control of scarce broadcast properties into the hands of a just a few large companies can limit and skew access to information. We oppose media consolidation and support diverse broadcast ownership, greater competition, and new technologies that could bring TV and radio content directly to you from the web.

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Consumers Union News Releases

  • Victory! Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Collapses In the Face of Opposition

    Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Collapses in Face of Opposition Defeat of Mega Merger is a Major Victory For Consumers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable after learning this week that both the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission were leaning against the deal because it Continue Reading

  • CU on Reports That FCC & DOJ Are Skeptical of Comcast Merger

    WASHINGTON , D.C. –  News reports suggest the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff is recommending that Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable be sent to an administrative law judge for a hearing, a procedural move that could be a setback to the mega-merger. Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, has consistently Continue Reading

  • CU: No Conditions Can Fix the Comcast Mega Merger

    As Comcast, Time Warner Cable execs meet with Justice, Consumers Union says conditions won’t fix mega-merger  WASHINGTON , D.C. — Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives are reportedly meeting with officials at the Department of Justice today to discuss the companies’ proposed merger, which would give Comcast control of nearly 60 percent of cable TV and more Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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

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Blog Posts

  • Groups to Wheeler: “No conditions, no side deals, no merger!”

    Opposition to the Comcast mega merger has been mounting in recent months and a deal that was once considered a slam dunk now looks increasing uncertain as opponents continue to turn up the heat. If the merger is approved, Comcast would control over half of the high-speed residential broadband connections in the U.S. and dominate Continue Reading

  • Californians Rally Against the Comcast Mega Merger

    The battle to stop the Comcast mega merger moved to Los Angeles this week where the California Public Utilities Commission held a hearing on the deal on Tuesday.  The hearing took place less than one week after Commissioner Mike Florio announced his opposition to the merger, the latest sign that Comcast’s takeover scheme may be Continue Reading

  • California PUC’s Merger Review Heats Up

    Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission paused the shot clock on its review of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger.  Technically, the FCC has 180 days to complete its review but can start and stop the clock at any time.  The agency paused the clock while a lawsuit plays out in court over Continue Reading

  • CU’s ad campaign aims to keep the pressure on the FCC to reject the merger

    Consumers scored a major victory this week when the FCC voted to enact strong new rules to ensure the Internet remains free and open.  Now we’re hoping to capitalize on that momentum and continue the pressure on the FCC to reject the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Beginning next week, Consumers Union will run ads in Continue Reading

  • Momentum builds against merger as Comcast faces new hurdles

    When Comcast announced its plans almost a year ago to merge with Time Warner Cable, most industry experts said the takeover plan would almost certainly be approved by federal regulators. But now the mega merger’s prospects are far from certain.   In recent weeks, articles in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times have highlighted Continue Reading

  • Comcast Vows to Fix Customer Service. We’re Not Holding Our Breath.

    One of the reasons the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger has prompted so much public opposition is that both companies have terrible track records when it comes to customer service.  Most people — us included — don’t think things will get better if the merger gets OKed. Survey after survey has rated both companies Continue Reading

  • Comcast’s Latest PR Campaign is All Spin

    Comcast has launched a national media campaign to try and discredit merger opponents (that’s all of us) as just the “doom and gloom” crowd.  The cable giant is stepping up its pr offensive because it knows that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to its mega merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast dismisses your concerns, saying Continue Reading

  • Comcast customer service rep refuses to take “no” for an answer

    We’ve heard plenty of complaints about Comcast ever since we launched our campaign to stop the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.  But an audio tape of a customer’s attempt to cancel his Internet service captures a particularly egregious encounter with a surly Comcast representative. For nearly ten minutes, the Comcast representative argues with Continue Reading

  • New York Takes A Close Look at The Comcast-TWC Merger

    Ever since Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in February, all eyes have been on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department, which are charged with reviewing the plan.  But some states are taking a close look too and this week New York held a series of hearings on the deal. New Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports Poll Finds Most Americans Oppose the Comcast Mega Merger

    Comcast has been trying to sell its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable by promising all sorts of benefits for consumers.  But a new public opinion survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that the public isn’t falling for the cable giant’s empty promises. According to the poll, only 11 percent of the Continue Reading

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