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Dish tells FCC to stifle Comcast merger

For months, cable’s largest player, Comcast, has insisted that its $45 billion merger with the second-largest player, Time Warner Cable, won’t affect market competition.

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For months, cable’s largest player, Comcast, has insisted that its $45 billion merger with the second-largest player, Time Warner Cable, won’t affect market competition. The merger may be as large as its opposition, led in part by former FCC leader Michael Copps, a legion of internet giants [LINK], media leaders and a handful of politicians. On Monday, another player joined the motley team of net neutrality advocates, but for very different reasons.

After months of angry debates, unproductive hearings and all-capped public comment submissions, the FCC has finally set a timeline for the proposed Comcast merger. The first deadline on the 180-day process is Aug. 25, the last day to submit comments and petitions. Then, Comcast must respond to those comments by Sept. 23 so that by Oct. 8 the public can respond to Comcast’s responses.

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In other words, the process is like one massive, online comment thread — complete with trolls.

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