The Post’s editorial on Comcast’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable [“Cable merger,” April 15] served up a rather tepid endorsement of the mega-deal, saying the government should okay the merger, but “keep a close eye” on the new company. Considering the poor track record of these two cable and Internet giants and the power they would wield as a single company, this merger should be flatly rejected.
The editorial correctly raised concerns about the conflicts of interest that could lead Comcast to give preference to its own products on the wires it owns. But it dismissed the very real prospect that a bigger Comcast could discriminate heavily in negotiations with content creators, which would likely be passed on to consumers in the form of even higher prices.
In our recent Consumer Reports survey about telecom services, both Comcast and Time Warner Cable earned low customer satisfaction scores for the value they offer for the money, as well as low marks for customer support. There’s very little reason to believe that things would get better when Comcast gets bigger.
Delara Derakhshani, Washington
The author is policy counsel with Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports.