What A Proposed Cable Mega-Merger Might Mean For Consumers

A Comcast truck is seen parked at one of their centers on Feb. 13, 2014 in Pompano Beach, Fla. Comcast announced a $45 billion offer for Time Warner Cable on Feb. 14, 2014.  - (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Comcast truck is seen parked at one of their centers on Feb. 13, 2014 in Pompano Beach, Fla. Comcast announced a $45 billion offer for Time Warner Cable on Feb. 14, 2014.

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

What A Proposed Cable Mega-Merger Might Mean For Consumers

What a Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable could mean for consumers, content and the future of the Internet.

Last week, the two largest cable TV operators announced plans to merge. The proposed new entity would have approximately 30 percent of all national pay television subscribers and also about a third of all broadband Internet subscribers. Some consumer advocates say that if the merger is approved, cable TV bills will go up and the new company will have too much control over program content, high speed Internet access and price. Regulatory approval is not a given. Both the Department of Justice and the FCC will weigh in. Diane and her guests talk about the proposed mega-merger and what it means for consumers.

Guests

Berin Szoka

president, TechFreedom.

Susan Crawford

visiting professor, Harvard's Kennedy School and Harvard Law School; professor, Cardozo Law School.

Gautham Nagesh

reporter, The Wall Street Journal.

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