• PTC Files FCC Comments on Proposed Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger

    by  • November 2, 2015 • Cable Choice, Family Friendly • 3 Comments

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    Charter Communications, the nation’s third-biggest cable provider, is set to buy out Time Warner Cable, the second-biggest. This week, the PTC filed FCC comments urging the government to ensure the merger is in consumers’ best interests.

     

    The PTC is asking the FCC to carefully consider whether the proposed merger will: (1) provide consumers with greater choice and control over programming they receive and pay for; and (2) protect the ability of smaller, independent, family-friendly programmers to serve the unique needs of parents and families.

    When two large companies merge, the new entity holds vastly more power, and competition is lessened. The result can often be poorer service and fewer choices and options for customers. In the past Charter has shown strong support for Cable Choice, while
     
    Time Warner Cable has not. We urge the FCC to ensure that the proposed merger serves the public interest by providing consumers with greater choice and control over the programming they receive and pay for.

    The PTC is also urging the FCC to ensure that small, independent, family-friendly programmers aren’t crowded out by the merger. The overwhelming majority of cable networks are owned by one of six major corporate conglomerates: Viacom, ABC-Disney, NBCUniversal, CBS/Showtime, Fox, and Time Warner. These companies not only own most of the networks on cable TV, they limit competition by taking up space on the basic cable tier; and, as time goes by, they are consistently moving in the direction of showing less and less family-friendly programming. Only small, independent networks like Hallmark Channel, UP, INSP, RFD-TV, and Ovation consistently offer programming safe for the entire family. We ask the FCC to serve the public interest by protecting the cable networks that provide positive, wholesome family content.


    To read the PTC’s full comments, click 
    here.

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    3 Responses to PTC Files FCC Comments on Proposed Charter/Time Warner Cable Merger

    1. Mr. & Mrs. David F. Forness
      November 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Dear Honorable Members.

      Be advised that we are in total and complete agreement with all of the concerns and illustrations demonstrated by the submission to this venerable Commission of The Parents Television Council. Your attention to this notification by us will be greatly appreciated.

      Thank You in advance.

      Before the
      FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
      Washington, D.C. 20554
      In the Matter of (Applications of Charter Communications, Inc., )
      Time Warner Cable Inc., and ) MB Docket No. 15-149
      (Advance/Newhouse Partnership for Consent
      to the Transfer of Control of Cable Television )
      Service Applications. )
      COMMENTS OF THE
      PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL

    2. November 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Less competition leads to less efficient customer service and compassion by the service provider. The prices will also rise as there is no other servicer to offer lower billings or different options for service to the public!!! I do not like the merger idea!!!

    3. March 14, 2017 at 9:27 am

      I subscribe to their new services after merger. Now they offer much reliable services as I am satisfied with TWC.

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