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So far, Florida is the only confirmed state that is helping the DOJ

Comcast already has the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) judging its Time Warner Cable (TWC) acquisition, but it looks like some U.S. states will put the deal under a microscope as well. 
 
According to Reuters, an unknown number of U.S. states have created an attorneys general group that will help the DOJ assess whether the Comcast-TWC merger complies with antitrust law. 
 
So far, Florida is the only confirmed state that is helping the DOJ. 
 
"We are part of a multistate group reviewing the proposed transaction along with the U.S. DOJ (Justice Department) Antitrust Division," said the Florida state attorney general's office.
 
The states are reportedly more interested in the broadband aspect of the deal rather than cable.


[SOURCE: Fortune]

Comcast agreed to acquire TWC in mid-February of this year for $45.2 billion USD. It's set to be an all-stock transaction, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 (after approval by stockholders and regulators, of course).

But the acquisition has been met with strong criticism. Some worry that the merger will result in reduced competition, poor customer service, less innovation and higher prices for customers. These worries stem from analyst predictions that Comcast and TWC's combined company would control about one-third of the U.S. broadband market.  

But TWC CEO Rob Marcus recently said that Comcast and TWC don't directly compete in any markets -- hence, competition would remain unchanged. He also defended the merger from accusations that customers would pay more in the end.

“I find that whole line to be totally ironic given the experience we’ve all had over the last dozen years, where (programming) costs have risen faster than the cost customers will bear," said Marcus.

He added that Comcast and TWC is a "dream combination."

Source: Reuters



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Why?
By brshoemak on 3/19/2014 2:20:33 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure why the states should spend any time or effort on investigating the possible implications of an acquisition. There is only one question that needs asked:

Is Comcast willing to pay enough money to the right people to push this acquisition through?

(hint: the answer is yes)




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