- The FCC is now accepting public comments on the Comcast-Time Warner merger, and progressives have to speak up. Use our easy tool to submit a comment to the FCC today.
Cole Leystra, Progressives United
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The answer is simple: Because they can.
Now for the question: Why do cable companies treat customers so horribly?
You see, quite awhile ago cable companies made a backroom gentlemen's agreement -- also known as "probably illegal collusion" -- to not play on each other's turf, meaning when you go to sign up for cable TV or Internet, you likely have only one option. And since you don't have anywhere else to go when you get bad service, you just keep getting bad service.
The real punch in the gut is that now the nation's two biggest cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner, want to merge. The proposed merger would give Comcast control of 60% of the cable in this country, and, by any reasonable standard, would violate our anti-trust laws. The cable companies' absurd argument in favor? They simply say that since cable companies long ago colluded to not compete with each other, this merger doesn't actually reduce competition anyway. What nerve.
Thing is, they are correct, and that is exactly the problem. The FCC needs to deny this merger and go further and break up these conglomerates so that consumers have choices -- and so we don't have to depend on fewer and fewer sources for our information.
The FCC is now accepting public comments on the Comcast-Time Warner merger, and progressives have to speak up. Use our easy tool to submit a comment to the FCC today.
We have all been there, stuck on hold, listening to horrible music, waiting a lifetime to talk to a real, live person. Dealing with cable companies just sucks, so no one is surprised that Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, consistently ranks as having the worst customer service in the nation. Time Warner, the second biggest provider, is never far behind.
But this problem goes way beyond customer service.
As fewer companies control the information we get, be that TV or internet, the less power we have to stop them. The problem with monopolies today is much bigger than just Comcast. Whether it is airlines or banks, monopolies routinely use their combined wealth and power to corrupt our government and rig the game against us.
Corporations like Comcast bet on people not caring enough to fight back, but we have to -- and this merger is the place to start. It is time to stand up and show them how wrong they are. Please join with hundreds of thousands of fellow progressives and fight back today.
Use our easy tool to submit a comment to the FCC today. The Comcast-Time Warner merger will only further rig the game against everyday Americans.
For consumers, the idea of two of the worst customer service operations in the world combining is a nightmare. Only in Wall Street boardrooms and at Washington cocktail parties would this be thought of as a good idea that's somehow good for consumers. But that's exactly what millions in campaign contributions and lobbying does: buys influence, favors, and the affection of legislators.
It's time for progressives to once again take on this fight, and it starts with Comcast.
Thanks for uniting as a progressive,
Cole Leystra, Executive Director, Progressives United