Charter Communications has a dangerous plan to merge with Time Warner Cable, consolidating the two companies into a massive cable and Internet conglomerate. The proposed deal would further reduce competition and choices for consumers — likely leading to higher prices, less diversity, and poorer service.
The cable industry already has a horrible record of diversity in ownership and programming, and this deal would make things even worse. If approved, the new monster corporation, “New Charter” would also increase the threat to the open Internet, which has created so many new opportunities for Latinos to organize our communities, create our own media, and start our own businesses.
Large Internet providers have fought tooth and nail to increase their profits by destroying net neutrality and the level playing field it provides for activists, entrepreneurs, artists, consumers, and citizens. Giving so much control over media and communication to one company would give it a huge amount of power to block and drown out voices that don’t serve its agenda.
The proposed Charter-TWC deal would also create massive debt for the company, giving it a big incentive to raise prices, cut costs, and engage in harmful and anti-competitive business practices that screw over customers and threaten the open Internet.
Thankfully, New Charter can be stopped. Join us in calling on the FCC to reject the Charter-TWC merger.