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February 24, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cable merger warrants some scrutiny


But Comcast Vice President David Cohen made us a bit wary when he told reporters last week that “we’re certainly not promising that customer bills are going to go down or even increase less rapidly.”

People love to hate their cable companies, often with good reason. Maybe it was the cable going out during a ball game, or an annoying weather alert that could be done less obtrusively, or a slower than slow Internet, or longtime customers not offered inexpensive rates available to new clients.

“I think there needs to be an aggressive approach from the government in putting conditions on this merger, Eric Sherman, CEO of health and lifestyle network Veria Living, told Adweek. “If you’re going to give someone so much power in the marketplace, you have to make sure it’s fair.”

We hope the Justice Department and FCC take a good, long look before agreeing to this sale.

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