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Al Franken warns against Com-Warner Cable merger, citing history of broken promises


Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) warned regulators in a letter last week that the proposed merger between cable industry giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable should be scrutinized because Comcast has ”a history of breaching its legal obligations to consumers.” The letter, addressed to Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, saw Franken voice serious concerns that the proposed $45 billion merger would be horrible for consumers in a number of ways. “I am concerned that the proposed acquisition could result in higher prices, fewer choices, and even worse service for consumers,” the senator wrote in his letter to chairman Wheeler. As an example of Comcast’s failures to follow through on its post-merger obligations, Franken noted that the company did not aggressively market its

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