Watchdogs Concerned About Impact Of Comcast-Time Warner Deal - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Watchdogs Concerned About Impact Of Comcast-Time Warner Deal

Posted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Industry watchdogs are concerned that Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable will give the company too much power, and ultimately raise the price of high-speed connections.

But Comcast -- which was already the nation's number-one pay TV and Internet provider, says the purchase will provide faster, more reliable service to more customers, and save money on TV programming costs.

If the $45 billion deal is approved, Comcast will serve some 30 million pay TV customers and 32 million Internet subscribers.

Craig Aaron, who heads a public-interest group that focuses on the media industry, says cable companies are "the only game in town" in most places, when it comes to getting the fastest-available Internet connections. And he says he wouldn't anticipate prices going down as a result of this deal.

And Bert Foer of the American Antitrust Institute asks, "How much power over content do we want a single company to have?"

Comcast says it will continue to operate under conditions the government imposed when Comcast acquired NBCUniversal -- including a requirement that it provide standalone Internet service without tying it to a pay TV package. The company's CEO says those conditions will continue "for many years" -- but he won't speculate on just how many.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:39:53 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
  • UPDATE: PHOTOS Of Sex Offenders Who Live In Kootenai County

    UPDATE: PHOTOS Of Sex Offenders Who Live In Kootenai County

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:50 AM EST2014-02-26 11:50:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Do you know who lives next to you, or in your neighborhood? KHQ has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep you updated on sex offenders that may be living close to you. The latest photos are from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office website. All of the offenders have served their time and are not wanted by authorities.>>
    KHQ.COM - Do you know who lives next to you, or in your neighborhood? KHQ has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep you updated on sex offenders that may be living close to you. The latest photos are from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office website.>>
  • Toddler Gets Stuck Inside Claw Machine

    Toddler Gets Stuck Inside Claw Machine

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:54:15 GMT
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.>>
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.
    >>
  • National NewsMore>>

  • DEVELOPING STORY: South Korea Says Nearly 300 Missing In Ferry Disaster

    DEVELOPING STORY: South Korea Says Nearly 300 Missing In Ferry Disaster

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:55:22 GMT
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast. At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers continue to search for survivors.>>
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast. At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers continue to search for survivors.
    >>
  • UPDATE: Biden: Boston Marathon Survivors Are Inspiration

    UPDATE: Biden: Boston Marathon Survivors Are Inspiration

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:21:34 GMT
    BOSTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says the courage shown by Boston Marathon survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy.>>
    BOSTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says the courage shown by Boston Marathon survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy.>>
  • Cattle Battle: BLM To Pursue Effort To End Dispute With Rancher

    Cattle Battle: BLM To Pursue Effort To End Dispute With Rancher

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:08:14 GMT
    NEVADA, (AP) - A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Craig Leff said Sunday that the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter.>>
    NEVADA, (AP) - A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Craig Leff said Sunday that the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter.
    >>