No love lost: More than half of country dubious of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger


By Josh Peterson |

A survey about the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger suggests, well, you guessed it: Americans aren’t stoked.

NO LOVE: A recent survey suggests a majority of Americans are against a pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

The results of a recent public opinion poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, published Thursday, found 56 percent of Americans oppose the pending merger between the two cable giants; 11 percent approve.

Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said in a statement the pending merger “has definitely captured the public’s attention.”

“Consumers are tired of rising monthly bills and lousy customer service for cable and Internet and have little faith that this mega merger will make things any better,” said Derakhshani.

The New York State Public Service Commission held two hearings on the $45.2 billion deal in June; the report was released ahead of third hearing scheduled Thursday evening in New York City.

The two companies already earned low marks in the American Consumer Satisfaction Index 2014 Telecommunications and Information Report, published in May.

National Journal reported Wednesday evening that while a newly published Federal Communications Commission report suggests Comcast delivered 108 percent of advertised speeds for its cable Internet services, abysmal DSL performance hurts Comcasts’ argument for a merger.

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