Charter’s footprint after the proposed merger. (credit: Charter)
With Charter Communications set to receive approval for its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), regulators plan to impose a series of conditions designed to stop anti-competitive and anti-consumer policies pursued by TWC.
Conditions proposed by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission would prohibit the combined company from imposing data caps and overage fees on Internet customers, charging large online content providers for network interconnection, and stifling growth of online video by demanding restrictive clauses in contracts with programmers. Time Warner Cable has more aggressively pursued these types of policies than Charter.
Charter doesn’t have a sterling reputation, ranking nearly as low as Comcast and TWC in consumer satisfaction rankings.
But Charter seized on the differences between itself and TWC while arguing its case, and suggested some of the merger conditions that ended up forming the basis of the DOJ’s and FCC’s final proposals.
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