It’s been a long time since Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) announced to merge, but the protests against this move haven’t yet stopped. On Tuesday, Quite a few lawyers, consumers, content creators, and advocacy groups gathered in downtown Los Angeles to show their disagreement with the proposed merger.
Interesting Ways to Show Protests
All the protestors had different posters, slogans, hoardings, etc. with them, which were full of words against this mega-merger deal. One of the slogans read “Comcast Mega Merger = worst customer service = fewer choices = higher prices.” All the protestors collected at a common place to shout out loud that this mega merger deal wouldn’t benefit anyone but Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Both companies secure first and second place in the U.S. broadband and cable service industry, and if they merge, then they will cover almost 80% of the market. If this happens, then things will become very difficult for the small players in the country.
All those who gathered to march a rally went across the street from Junipero Serra State Office Building and reached the spot where the public hearing of California Public Utilities Commission was supposed to take place.
As per the reports, PUC held a hearing to think about the comments received on the proposed merger between Time Warner and Comcast. It was criticized previously for not contacting those people and small businesses that would affect most by this transaction.
If the merger is executed, then the number of Comcast customers would surpass 1.8 million mark in Greater Los Angles, nearly 80% of the state.
Some small players who don’t want this deal to occur include Consumers Union, Writers Guild of America West, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce, etc. Apart from them, a few others like Estrella TV, Presente.org, Courage Campaign, and Media Alliance have also disagreed.
It will be interesting to see how the government responds after the mass protest against this mega merger.