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Here we go again!
Another telecom monopoly trying to get bigger so they can corner the marketplace, raise prices and gatekeep content.
Just months after America said NO to Mega-Comcast, Charter Cable has stepped into the breach and said "Hey, let US buy Time-Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks so we can be as big as Comcast".
The record on media concentration is clear: higher prices, worse service and less choices for you.
Can we stop it? History says we can, but we need you to interrupt the message.
Public Participation hearings will be held on these dates:
Southern California: Tuesday January 26th at 6:00pm
Junipero Serra State Office Building – Auditorium (Carmel Room) 320 West 4thStreet Los Angeles, CA 90013
Northern California - Tuesday February 17th at 10:00am
CPUC Courtroom - Van Ness at McAllister 505 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102
On January 26, Charter executives will make the case for a merger with Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse. They will make the case before the California Public Utilities Commission in Los Angeles.
We need to tell the Commissioners three things about this merger:
- It will silence diverse voices on cable
- It will strangle competition
- It will hurt consumers and the community.
If this merger goes forward, the resulting company and Comcast would control an estimated 90% of all residential high-speed broadband, stifling competition for streaming services, and reduce investment in programming. It's also a recipe for slower upgrades, fewer choices and higher prices for consumers.
Want to practice your rap?
Our friends at Common Cause Los Angeles put together an activist call. Just pick up your telephone on Wednesday January 20 at 4:00pm to get plugged in.
Together, we can put a stop to the Charter-Time Warner Merger!
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