The U.S. Justice Department will make the final call on the merger’s impact on competition. It has the authority to move to block the deal in federal court if it disagrees with Comcast’s analysis and finds that it runs afoul of antitrust laws.
The FCC is reviewing whether the agreement – one that will unite the nation’s two largest cable companies – is in the public interest. The agency in in day 46 of its unofficial 180-day review.
Also on Monday, Consumer Reports filed with the FCC letters from individuals who oppose the merger. Some Comcast subscribers said they are against the deal because they already have been subjected to continual increases in prices. Last week, Consumers Union urged the FCC to reject the merger, arguing Comcast has failed to show how the deal would serve the public interest.
“Why is it that most of the world has faster and less expensive internet service?" asked Paul Baker of Eagle Point, Oregon, in a letter forwarded Monday to the FCC by Consumers Union. “Stifling competition by allowing the merger of two of the largest ISPs is not the correct answer."