Give Comcast and Time Warner Cable kudos for accomplishing a rare feat presently: uniting the political left and proper, both of which appear to hate the announcement that the2 key cable Tv organizations will merge.
On the appropriate, conservative talk radio has been mainly taking pot shots at the plan, and Glenn Becks TheBlaze rebuked the merger. On the left, Sen. Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota, fired off a concerned letter to regulators.
And the list goes on.
PoliticusUSA.com, also a progressive website, functions a lengthy account from Sarah Jones about poor buyer service at Comcast, then she asks: �Can Comcast be a responsible corporation if they merge with Time Warner Cable? Maybe. But not with out the government investigating their present practices, and babysitting them the entire time if they are permitted to merge.�
At the conservative HotAir.com, Ed Morrissey writes, �First, the negative news: yet another American market threatens to close up ranks by consolidation. The excellent news? When we complain about cable service, at least well be speaking about the exact same firm.�
Many on the right are also observing that Comcast is the parent business of MSNBC and are opining that this will support the merger pass regulatory muster.
�The Obama administration allowed Comcast to acquire NBC, which was a huge merger. And we know that Comcasts NBC/MSNBC news divisions have been major Obama cheerleaders.� writes John Nolte at Breitbart.com. �This is all in the mergers favor.�
Nolte adds: �It is hard to take sides when all you are dealing with are bad guys.�
As for Franken, he fired off a letter Thursday to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the FCC saying that he has �serious reservations about this proposed transaction, which would consolidate the largest and second largest cable providers in America.�
Some consider that Franken has a specific insight amongst lawmakers, provided his previous as a writer and performer on tv, in certain as cast member on Saturday Evening Reside.
“Cable rates have risen substantially over the last2 decades, and my constituents express frustration at becoming squeezed by unacceptably higher cable bills each month,� Franken wrote. �I am concerned that Comcasts proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable would only make issues worse for shoppers.�
And Chris Balfe, CEO of TheBlaze, issued a statement Thursday reading: �As monopolies in the markets that they serve, cable firms often ignore their subscribers wishes. Major MVPDs do not have a great history of supporting independent programmers whose content material is in demand like TheBlaze and we are skeptical that giving Comcast even a lot more industry energy will advantage shoppers, promote competitors or lead to more diversity of voices or consumer option on their channel lineups.�
Not only has the left and right seemed to unite in their disdain for the prospect of a Comcast-TWC marriage, but so have those who make no claim at a political disposition in either direction, with possibly the harshest rebuke coming from the �non-partisan� watchdog group, Free of charge Press.
�Americans already hate dealing with the cable guy � and each these giant businesses routinely rank among the worst of the worst in customer surveys. But this deal would be the cable guy on steroids � pumped up, unstoppable and grasping for your wallet,� Free Press CEO Craig Aaron said.