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Does the Comcast-TWC merger hinge on Comcast’s empty promise?

30
May
2014

One of the more dubious arguments that Comcast has made in selling us on its merger with Time Warner Cable has been that the deal will be particularly good for low-income Americans. Why would giving Comcast what it wants help poor people, you ask? According to Comcast, they’ll benefit from the expansion of its Internet Essentials program that’s designed to make broadband services more affordable to people who don’t have a lot of money. However, some new numbers crunched by the Center for Public Integrity shows that Comcast’s program has had little to no impact on closing the digital divide. First, the Center for Public Integrity found that only 36.1% of low-income people who live in Comcast’s service areas are actually eligible to

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