Sources: CREW, Politico, Fierce Cable, Newsweek
quote: Comcast and Time Warner Cable do not compete against each other in any area. So this transaction will not result in any reduction in consumer choice in any market.
quote: Only if they openly conspire to set prices.
quote: Comcast who has inflated its profits over the last four years by raising basic rates by as much as 70 percent in markets it tightly controls , hasn't promised that customers will see any major price savings from the deal.
quote: This case isn't about bribery. Not at all.
quote: So it is natural in some instances for their to be a monopoly.
quote: Well from a regulatory standpoint you have to look at the marketplace. Sometimes there's natural monopolies or oligopolies
quote: There are instances... there are entities... where it may makes sense for their to be one or two in the market.
quote: Take your uh... primary electric and gas company... there's usually one or two in the area. You might have marketers that provide you gas. But in terms of the infrastructure it usually is that legacy ... legacy industrial-owned utility.
quote: It is quite natural. You don't want ten companies digging up the ground at different times. So it is natural in some instances for their to be a monopoly.
quote: In this case [Sirius XM] the commission concluded before I came in... that this might be a natural monopoly...
quote: You've got a regulatory body in place that says, "Ok. We're going to look closely at this monopoly to ensure that the consumers that are engaging in this space are protected."
quote: Again, that's why you have bodies like mine because we know markers are not perfect...
quote: We will put We will evaluate the [Comcast-Time Warner] application and we will put the notice to public so the public can weigh in on this.