WGAW Opposes Comcast/Time Warner Cable

Says no conditions would make the deal pass muster
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The Writers Guild of America, West has come out against the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal.

It made that clear in a filing at the FCC.

The commission has not yet opened a docket on the deal—Comcast is expected to make its public interest filing by the end of this month—but in comments for the FCC's annual review of competition, the guild said that "the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would threaten competition by giving Comcast control of one-third of the cable television and Internet service markets... Allowing the company to add eight million subscribers only increases its ability to limit competition and there are simply no conditions that can undo the harm a merged Comcast-TWC would cause.”

Adding those eight million subs would still keep Comcast/TWC below the 30% cap on an MVPD's total subs that the FCC once imposed before a court overturned it. Comcast agreed to spin off 3 million TWC subs to insure the total was in line with what the FCC has said in the past was not undue concentration, a past it points out where there was less video competition.

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