Charter’s $55-billion cash and stock deal for Time Warner Cable comes a month after regulators killed Comcast’s attempt to buy Time Warner.
The deal is having an immediate effect on Southland cable subscribers. Charter said it’s going to begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, among others, ending a year-long stalemate that prevented many fans from being able to watch televised games.
Charter expects to close the merger deal by the end of the year, but only if regulators don’t block the merger. Proponents of the deal say that the combined company would actually create much-needed competition against Comcast, but critics say it’s too soon to tell.
Steve Effros, President of Effros Communications, a cable industry consultancy based in Virginia. Former president of Cable Telecommunications Association, an industry trade association.
Matt Wood, Policy Director at Free Press, a nonpartisan organization advocating for universal and affordable internet access and diverse media ownership