Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger Debated In PUC Hearing

Originally appeared in Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2016
By: Meg James

Charter Communications’ massive merger — which would roll three cable companies into one — cleared a hurdle Tuesday night when California regulators held a marathon hearing to gather public comment.

Charter’s $67-billion plan to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks — two large California providers — attracted dozens of enthusiastic supporters and some vocal critics at the four-hour hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

No decision on the deal was reached. But dozens of community groups from Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, San Diego County, Long Beach and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys urged a PUC commissioner and an administrative law judge who is overseeing the matter to approve Charter’s take-over plans.

Charter has pledged to expand a program to provide affordable Internet service for some of Southern California’s poor residents — a key selling point of the deal, particularly among community group leaders who showed up in force on Tuesday.

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