Comcast Today: Merger Isn’t Getting Public Support

Comments at the FCC website are overwhelmingly negative.

There’s not been much news on the Comcast-Time Warner merger front lately, but the FCC — which must approve the merger, and will decide the conditions under which it will be approved — is getting thousands of comments from the public.

And if a dip into those comments by Philly Mag is any indication, those comments are almost overwhelmingly negative.

In recent days, many of the comments posted — they’re available for viewing online at the FCC’s website — appear to have been part of an orchestrated campaign by RFD-TV, a rural cable channel whose devoted viewers believe they’d be abandoned in a Comcast-dominated world. (Comcast’s failure to carry RFD was at the center of Rep. Louie Gohmert’s grilling of Comcast VP David Cohen during a congressional hearing this spring.)

Some RFD-related comments:

Virginia’s BH Hubbard:

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Mrs. Robin Mitchell:

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Indiana’s Mildred Apple:

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Nevada’s Bill and Dianne Drake:

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It’s not all RFD-lovers weighing in, however:

Maryland’s “Hirsch”:

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North Carolina’s Chris Sheils:

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California’s Chris Proctor:

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New York’s Alex Carlton:

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Lest you think we put our thumbs on the scale: We didn’t. There are, so far, nearly 4,000 public comments in the FCC’s Comcast-Time Warner case file, and we didn’t quickly find a pro-merger comment. And we really tried.

In fact, we selected a single day of comments — June 2nd — and read all 35 comments submitted to the FCC on the topic of the Comcast-Time Warner merger. Every single one was opposed — in one case, graphically opposed.

Now: That’s not entirely fair to Comcast: People who write to FCC are self-selecting activists, not run-of-the-mill consumers. But so far, at least, it doesn’t appear that Comcast is generating much grassroots support for its efforts.

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  • Brian

    Who would be for this merger?

  • Nick

    Im for it – I think its rediculous to tell two companies who dont have over lapping markets they cant join together. It allows them to have a better infrastructure and deliver better products to their customers. interconnecting two networks that dont overlap allow for lower latency and an extended reach across the nation so that your access to google in California from NYC would be faster, and you cut out dependency and response times from third parties. If you control the entire path, or most of it, then you can control the latency. People focus on them both being large companies, but no one focuses on the fact that currently they both offer these channels today to their customers in those markets, and that they dont overlap (with the exception of less than .1% of their customer base, I think I read like less than 3k customers between both companies have the choice between TWC and Comcast). I also find it interesting that the people who generally dont want the government in their lives, are asking government to regulate here. (thats neither here nor there, just an observation).