Legislator Calls Comcast-TWC Merger ‘Bad Deal’ for Consumers

By Mark Joyella 

The proposed mega merger between NBC Universal parent Comcast and Time Warner Cable hit resistance in Washington Wednesday, when Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) described the $45 billion deal as a “tipping point” for the market that would limit “innovation, diversity of programming and competition.”

Roll Call reports Cárdenas has been a critic of the deal, but has now made his strongest statements in opposition to the deal:

“It is bad for consumers, will harm competition, will lead to less diverse content and more expensive cable and internet access, and will eliminate good jobs in California,” he said in a event in California organized by the Writers Guild of America West, according to prepared remarks.

Comcast bosses have waged a long fight for the deal, which became a talking point in the calculations surrounding NBC’s decision to suspend “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams for six months. That move involved senior leadership at Comcast.