Allow Comcast merger, but require competition

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 2:02 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Re "Say no to Comcast the robber baron" (Viewpoints, Feb. 18): Government regulators should allow the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

However, they need to look at the bigger picture. They should require that Comcast compete with at least one other cable company, such as Cox, Charter, Cable One, Surewest, etc., in the same areas.

The same should apply to fiber-optic provider, such as Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse -- and satellite service providers, such as DirectTV and Dish Network.

The lack of overlapping service areas for cable, fiber optic, and satellite is much more of a problem than the size of a single company.

-- Richard S. Sogg, Sacramento

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