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Media memo: Progressive activism helped stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

By April 24, 2015 No Comments

In response to Comcast’s announcement today that it has dropped its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable, CREDO Action released the following statement:

“This is a historic victory in the fight to stop the consolidation of the corporations that control our access to the Internet,” said Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager at CREDO Action. “This victory belongs to the hundreds of thousands of activists nationwide who pressured the Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission and state regulators to reject the merger. Without the attention and scrutiny progressive grassroots activism brought to the debate, this anti-competitive, anti-consumer merger would likely still be on the table.”

Earlier this week, six senators – Al Franken, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal and Ron Wyden – wrote the FCC and DOJ strongly urging them to block the merger. When liberals stand up and fight, we can win.

CREDO activists have played a leading role in the fight to stop the merger since day one. Below are some of the ways CREDO activists fought to stop the proposed mega-merger from moving forward.

FEBRUARY 2014: Just days after the merger was proposed, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree launched a petition on CREDO Mobilize urging Attorney General Eric Holder to block the merger because it was “not in the best interests of American consumers and threatens the free and open nature of the Internet.” More than 160,000 CREDO activists signed Rep. Pingree’s petition.

AUGUST 2014: More than 106,000 CREDO activists submitted public comments to the FCC telling it to reject the merger because it would “lead to decreased competition and higher Internet and cable costs for tens of millions of Americans.”

FEBRUARY 2015: More than 17,000 CREDO activists in California signed a petition telling the California Public Utilities Commission to stop the merger from moving forward because it would “create a massive media conglomerate unlike anything we’ve seen before.”

JUST THIS WEEK, responding to reports that staff attorneys at the DOJ were leaning toward recommending that the antitrust division intervene to stop the merger, another 24,000 CREDO activists signed a petition urging the DOJ to do just that.

RIGHT NOW, CREDO customers are voting on how much to donate from their monthly phone bills to Free Press, which has played a key role for years in the fight against media consolidation and was instrumental in the unprecedented grassroots campaign to stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.6 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and tens of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.