Robert W. Welkos | January 28, 2016
Many of the questions raised by critics of the proposed $78.7 billion merger of Charter with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, focused on the fuzziness of the local details being presented by the applicants regarding how the transaction would impact millions of customers in Southern California, particularly low-income Internet broadband users.
Representatives of Common Cause, the Greenlining Institute, Stop the Cap!, and DISH Network urged the CPUC to reject the merger because it does not comport with the public benefits required by state law.
One of the chief concerns was the market concentration in Southern California that would result from the merger. “The New Charter will have very high concentration in the Southern California area,” Ana Maria Johnson, program and project supervisor at the Office of Ratepayer Advocates, the consumer advocacy arm of the CPUC, told CTFN during a break in the hearing.