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The Week The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Died

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"Once you get through the hysteria, [this transaction] is pro-consumer, pro-competitive and strongly in the public interest," Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen told reporters in February 2014 when the nation’s biggest cable TV and broadband service provider announced it would purchase Time Warner Cable, the number 2 provider. Fourteen months later -- hysteria duly subsided -- and it appears regulators may not agree.

Comcast chief’s last-minute pleas to a former ally fell on deaf ears

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
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On April 20, the chief executive of Comcast made a Hail Mary call to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Comcast Trips Over Wheeler Nixon-to-China Moment as FCC Boss

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
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3

Tom Wheeler came to the Federal Communications Commission in 2013 with a resume featuring stints as the top lobbyist in Washington for both the cable and wireless industries. Consumer advocates weren’t amused. Now, almost two years later, FCC Chairman Wheeler is confounding his former allies and winning praise from public interest groups.

After Comcast’s failed bid, Charter wants to give Time Warner Cable another try

Location:
Charter Communications
12405 Powerscourt Dr
St. Louis, MO 63131
United States
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2

Apparently, Charter Communications is interested in buying up Time Warner Cable after regulators moved to block Comcast from acquiring the nation's second-largest cable company.

Collapse of Comcast-TWC merger could extend Dodgers' TV blackout

Location:
Timer Warner Cable
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019
United States
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2

Dodgers fans should brace for a second full season without the home team on television throughout Southern California.

Failure of Comcast-Time Warner deal may spark new wave of mergers

Location:
Comcast
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2148
United States
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The demise of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger doesn’t mark an end to the consolidation of the cable and Internet-provider market -- analysts are saying it’s likely the beginning of what will be a new rush of mergers that will make an already consolidated market more so and likely cause prices to rise.

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