NTCA, ACA Explore Ramifications of Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Merger

For Immediate Release

Contact: Hillary Crowder, 703-351-2086, hcrowder@ntca.org

Arlington, Va. (April 9, 2014) – NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and The American Cable Association today explored the competitive ramifications of the proposed combination of the nation’s two largest cable operators, Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable, in a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

 

The letter to Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick J. Leahy and Ranking Member Sen. Charles E. Grassley comes as the committee is exploring the proposed merger’s impacts on consumers during the hearing, “Examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and the Impact on Consumers.” It shares the associations’ initial views on how the combination will result in harm to competition and consumers.

Combined the ACA and NTCA comprise approximately 850 small and medium-sized multichannel video programming distributors that provide video, broadband Internet, and phone services in all 50 states to nearly 7 million video subscribers.

Full text of the letter is available here.

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NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.