Target: Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC
Goal: Prevent Comcast from controlling the cable and internet markets by buying out Time Warner Cable
The Federal Communications Commission has been reviewing a $45 billion deal for Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable. The fate of the internet is at stake here as two powerful internet service providers attempt to merge. Tell the FCC that you stand in favor for the prevention of a Comcast/Time Warner merger.
This merger would make Comcast the only cable provider to almost two-thirds of the nation. It would also allow Comcast to control a third of the cable and satellite market, and half of the Internet market. Afterwards, the cable behemoth could dictate higher pricers to consumers across the nation without market competition. Already known for its high prices and customer dissatisfaction, a Comcast takeover of Time Warner markets would be unfortunate for many internet consumers.
During the comment period for the FCC merger review, over 600,000 dissenting comments were submitted by advocacy groups. Our nation lags behind other developed nations in broadband openness, cost, and access and consumers understand that any further consolidation of Internet Service Providers would worsen the situation.
Despite the end of the comment period, a final resolution is not expected until early 2015. Recently, the FCC review of the mega-merger has been paused after FCC officials discovered that Time Warner inadvertently withheld 7,000 documents from reviewers. During this delay, we have a chance to send more voices of concern to FCC officials decrying this consolidation of control. We call all users of the internet to stand opposed to this monopolization and sign and/or send this petition to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.
Dear Mr. Wheeler,
I am strongly opposed to the Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its wholly-owned and controlled subsidiaries. I urge the Commission to deny approval of this deal.
Internet consumers across the nation understand that this will lead to higher prices through fewer choices of internet service and cable providers. This will also de-incentivize Comcast to make improvements on its broadband quality by the federal approval of its method of absorbing competitors.
We should not be forced into inflated deals with one company to access what is a globally-acknowledged necessity for an informed, democratic society.
I respectfully demand the rejection of the Comcast bid to acquire Time Warner Cable.
[Your Name Here]
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