STATEMENT: Rep. Khanna Blasts FCC’s Recent Anti-Competitive Decision
Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following the statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse an Obama Administration order that requires Charter Communications to expand service to more households. The directive was part of Charter’s agreement in acquiring Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
“When selecting a broadband provider, consumers deserve more competition in the marketplace, not less. Just four companies – AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and Charter Communications – dominate 70 percent of the marketplace and have done so for two decades. This latest move by the FCC is anti-competitive. The FCC is now protecting incumbent companies that provide broadband from competition from Charter. The only way to achieve affordable, high-speed internet access is by fostering a competitive marketplace that puts consumers first. Unfortunately, this FCC chair is more interested in protecting companies and trade associations than consumers.”
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