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Comcast merger with NBC? -- an open letter to the Federal Trade Commission

Cable giant, Comcast, has indicated interest in the past about owning a major television network.

The most recent rumors are that Comcast is interested in NBC, according to an article published on CNN.com.

I urge the Federal Trade Commission to prevent Comcast from purchasing major stake in NBC or any of the major television networks. It’s my belief that Comcast controls far too much of the cable television presentation in the US, particularly on the East Coast.

My wife and I got married 12 years ago, the same year that Comcast purchased our local cable company. At that time our local Cable-television service was $24 monthly, and we subscribed optionally to HBO for an additional $12 per month.
Over the course of that 12 years Comcast has increased prices to nearly $90 monthly, not including HBO which we have opted to stop receiving.
True, the total number of channels has increased, however we have chosen to reduce the number of channels we receive to save money. In fact, our $90 cable b…