Commissioners OK resolution on Comcast/TWC deal

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that asks N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper to scrutinize the proposed merger of Time Warner Cable with Comcast.

The move came a week after a local consultant who’s worked on cable-television regulatory issues, Bob Sepe, told commissioners the $45 billion deal will create “a media cartel that poses a grave threat to North Carolina consumers.”

He argued Comcast after completing the acquisition will be able to control the price, content and availability of cable TV and Internet service.

Sepe also told commissioners Cooper, unlike many attorneys general in other states, has largely taken a hands-off attitude toward the merger, which is now undergoing a federal regulatory review.

Commissioners found little to quarrel with in the substance of his request.

They told county clerks on Monday to relay the resolution to the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and a number of high-population counties in hopes of drumming up more support for Cooper to get involved.