The American Cable Association took aim at Comcast's defense of its merger, saying it was engaged in a distraction campaign.
Comcast, in its replies to deal challengers, slammed programmer critics of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable as extortionists and advocacy groups as chicken littles.
“Comcast acts as if an FCC merger review is a Lockean state of nature," Matthew Polka, president and CEO of the ACA, said, waxing politically philosophical, "a place where Comcast, by virtue of its power, gets to define what is and what isn’t a valid merger-specific criticism. If Comcast can get away with that, does the FCC’s public interest standard even exist?”
ACA has argued that without conditions on the deal, it would inflict serious vertical and horizontal harms and should be rejected. Polka says Comcast's response to that and other criticisms was to avoid addressing them.
“If this is how Comcast acts before receiving merger approval, just think how the company will act in the market if the merger with Time Warner Cable is approved without adequate remedies and its market power is allowed to grow even larger," he said.