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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Tell the FCC: Reject the Charter / Time Warner Cable (TWC) Merger

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Worse service, less diversity, higher prices: the promise of the Charter / Time Warner Cable merger.

Tell the FCC: Reject the Charter / Time Warner Cable (TWC) Merger!

Dear Friend,

You should be concerned about Charter Communications’ dangerous plan to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) into “New Charter”, a massive cable and Internet conglomerate.1 The merger would reduce competition and your consumer choice — leading to higher prices, less diversity in ownership and programming, and poorer service.2 Thankfully, we can stop this if enough of us speak out today.

Tell the FCC: No more mergers! Stop Charter’s takeover of Time Warner.

Last year, the FCC listened to you and halted the proposed Comcast-TWC merger. Now the FCC needs to hear from you just as loudly. Together, we have a good chance to stop this horrible deal.

Cable and Internet companies already rank among the worst in customer service – with Charter Communications at the bottom.3 Should this company be allowed to buy out its competition? You know that no competition means little incentive to improve services or lower prices.

You’re aware that too many of us already struggle to afford cable and Internet access.4 If this deal goes through, Charter would take over the competition and raise prices in new markets like New York and Los Angeles. The proposed deal would create massive debt for the company. The likely result? Industry-wide price increases and attempts to stifle competition, like data caps and overage penalties.

Thanks to you, the Comcast-TWC merger failed, but we must now remain vigilant against the latest threat. Will you stick up for hard-working people already struggling to afford broadband?

Demand the FCC block the merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable.

“New Charter” would harness huge influence to harm Net Neutrality and better its bottom line. You know that a fair, open Internet creates new opportunities for Latinos to organize our communities, create our own media, and start our own businesses. Together, we stood up for Latinos and strong Net Neutrality last year, but our fight against corporate control continues. Will you say no to the latest threat?

Right now, the FCC is reviewing whether the Charter-TWC deal is in the public’s interest.5 Don’t miss out—join the thousands already taking action to stop this horrible deal.

Will you join us and demand that the FCC block the Charter Communications-TWC merger?

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

– Matt, Favianna, Oscar, Erick, and the Presente.org team.

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:
1. "Charter to buy Time Warner Cable, become second biggest broadband provider," ARSTechnica, May 26, 2015
2. "No More Mergers," NoMoreMergers Coalition, 2016
3. "Charter Customers Warn: Don’t Be Suckered By Their Promises of Better Service – “Charter Blows”," Stop The Cap!, May 27, 2015
4. "Home Broadband 2015," Pew Research Center, December 21, 2015
5. "FCC restarts shot clock for Charter/Time Warner Cable deal," BizJournals, January 26, 2016