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March 18, 2014

Letters to the Editor: March 18, 2014

Comcast merger

TO THE EDITOR: I woke up the other morning to the realization that is Comcast buying Time Warner Cable.

This will create a company that will not only dominate the cable-TV business but control the Internet for the majority of the nation.

The new Comcast will be the major provider in 25 of 50 states and will dominate in all the major population centers.

This move comes just after the Federal Court of Appeals ruled to kill the open Internet (Common Carriage).

Verizon’s case had more to do with the partners it has in the industry than itself, one of which is Comcast. Comcast sells content to Verizon and AT&T, and all three companies benefit, especially Comcast because it makes most of its profit now from Internet subscriptions. 

No real competition exists in the Internet market. AT&T and Verizon have stopped new connections to their FIOS and DSL networks in favor of their wireless network, leaving the cable industry as the major supplier of “high speed” ( I use that term tongue firmly in cheek) Internet.

The Comcast/Time Warner merger will create the single-largest Internet delivery company in the nation. Competition, what little exists, will cease to exist.

The Internet will get more expensive because they can now nickel and dime content providers for more, and that will cost the consumer more in fees. We, as a nation, for the most part, don’t see what the rest of the world has for Internet speeds, but our download and upload rates are some of the slowest in the industrialized world, 32nd, according to netindex.com. 

Consumers need to contact their congressperson and senator now; a united effort against this will get their attention.

Comcast/Time Warner 231,487,561 population where will be the major supplier.

ANDREW MENARD

West Chazy

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