that anyone in government is looking out for the “average citizen.”
This comes from freepress.net.
BAD NEWS: According to several news reports, the FCC has voted to approve the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger.
With Chairman Tom Wheeler at the helm, the agency ignored hundreds of thousands of people like you who urged it to block this disastrous deal. Instead of standing with the people who use the Internet, he sided with the companies that want to control it.
Here’s Where Things Stand:
Charter now rivals Comcast in size. Together the two companies will offer service to nearly 80 percent of U.S. households. In more than half of Charter’s territory, customers will have no other real option for bundled broadband and pay-TV services. Without real competition, Charter can charge whatever it wants.
And Charter has to charge more: This deal is saddling it with nearly $27 billion in new debt. To repay that, Charter will have to raise its already steep prices. This merger will hit low-income communities and low-income people of color the hardest, forcing many offline.
The FCC attached various conditions to the merger. But know this: No conditions can make this deal OK.
What the Decision Means for You:
If you’re a Time Warner Cable customer, you can say hello to Charter’s much higher prices, which currently start at $40/month for the first year of service and jump from there. While it isn’t clear when Charter will implement the rate hikes, the company needs to pay off its debt. It will do that by charging customers more.
If you’re breathing a sigh of relief because you’re not in the Charter-Time Warner Cable orbit, well — don’t. Because this merger gives Charter so much market power, it will be able — along with Comcast — to influence what all providers charge for broadband and cable. This means you can expect your already high rates to get even higher. What’s more, this deal will have grave impacts for the online video market — hurting consumers seeking to cut the cord.
Go to FreePress.net to find out what you can do to help undo this travesty ruling.
Next, remember to vote against any incumbent. It’s time to start anew!
Remember Comcast and Charter “openly” write checks to the “elected public servants.” Look at the numbers at OpenSecrets.org.
Who knows what is not openly done?
One dissenting vote
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. – SOURCE: The Declaration of Independence.