Congress to blame for Comcast monopoly

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 1:02 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Re "Say no to Comcast the robber baron" (Viewpoints, Feb. 18): Columnist Paul Krugman failed to address the real issue in the possible take over of Time Warner by Comcast.

Despite what many people think, businesses are created primarily to make a profit not to provide jobs or quality service. As long as there is competition, businesses are forced to provide a certain level of service in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors. When there is no competition and the business becomes a monopoly, there is no incentive to give service.

We have seen this in the airline industry, for instance, where the reduction in competition has increased prices and reduced the quality of service.

Krugman should have been asking how this came about? And the answer is Congress which, fueled with Comcast's political contributions, has passed or failed to pass laws that allows these monopolies to emerge.

-- Jerry Barnes, Fair Oaks

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