Time Warner is the only cable provider in my rural area (Totally Worthless Cable). I have cable to watch my three PBS stations for the most part. I cannot use Dish or DirecTV because there are too many trees that would interfere with the signal (according to installers of both). Will drop the basic cable and use only internet in anticipation of this mega merger. So much for the Sherman Antitrust Act cum Clayton Antitrust Act that the Repugs (and many Dems) loathe because they assert that it "stifles innovation and harms society" or it "creates inefficiency"...what??? In other words, monopolies are just another glorious aspect of unbridled capitalism, their chosen religion.
A Section 1 violation has three elements:
- An agreement
- which unreasonably restrains competition
- and which affects interstate commerce.
A Section 2 violation has two elements:
(1) the possession of monopoly power in the relevant market and
(2) the willful acquisition or maintenance of that power as distinguished from growth or development as a consequence of a superior product, business acumen, or historic accident.
What part of the Act does the FCC NOT understand???? Perhaps they should revisit and review the Sherman/Clayton Antitrust act on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman_Antitrust_Act It cannot be any clearer that this merger creates MONOPOLY, especially in rural areas.