Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger (2014-2015)

Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger (2014-2015)
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Company Proposal

Case Information:  14-M-0183

In a joint petition filed May 15, 2014, Time Warner Cable Inc. and Comcast Corporation requested approval of a holding company-level transaction that would result in the transfer of control of certain Time Warner subsidiaries from Time Warner to Comcast. The petition stated that the proposed transaction would enhance competition and provide current Time Warner Cable customers with additional programming options, faster Internet speeds and deliver other public interest benefits. These benefits consisted of greater availability of broadband Internet service and voice services for customer classes not currently served by either Comcast or Time Warner today (e.g., business customers of various sizes), expansion of low-income broadband service offerings, new services for schools and libraries and a commitment to continue to serve rural customers. 

 

UIU Advocacy

On August 8, 2014, UIU filed initial comments and on August 25, 2014, filed reply comments offering several recommendations to the Commission to protect consumers’ interests including increased benefits for low-income customers, continuation of Time Warner Cable’s stand-alone broadband service and a commitment to expand broadband service in the rural areas of the state, implementation of a service quality measure, and the creation of two additional voting seats on the Board of Directors of the merged company to represent New York consumer interests.

Result

On April 28, 2015, Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. withdrew their Petition and requested that the proceeding be terminated.  A letter from the Secretary on April 30, 2015, acknowledged Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s request for withdrawal and closed the case.

Case Related Documents

To learn more about this case, please go to the Department of Public Service’s Document and Matter Management System (“DMM”) under the above referenced case number.