Meeting to Consider Proposal Today at 2 p.m.

Contact:
Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 415-846-7758 (cell)
Stephanie Chen, Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director, 415-706-2436 (cell)

SAN FRANCISCO – This afternoon, representatives of The Greenlining Institute will speak out against the pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and urge the California Public Utilities Commission to reject a proposed decision approving the deal with conditions.

Believing that the merger will harm communities of color, Greenlining’s testimony will focus on the following points:

  • While the proposed decision sets admirable diversity goals for the newly combined company, the commission will not be able to enforce those goals or hold the new company accountable.
  • While the proposed decision requires that the new company expand its service to unserved and underserved communities in California, the decision does not specify that the new company must expand its service to unserved and underserved communities of color.
  • Comcast has a long and substantial record of failing to comply with merger conditions, and in some cases has outright ignored conditions stipulated by regulators.

“We must remember that Comcast has a dismal track record when it comes to promoting diversity or serving communities of color,” said Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen.  “A larger Comcast would do nothing more than allow the new company to redline our communities on an even larger scale and hurt low-income consumers across the board.”

WHAT: California Public Utilities Commission all-party meeting to consider the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger

WHO: Members of the CPUC; Stephanie Chen and Paul Goodman, The Greenlining Institute; other community advocates and interested parties

WHERE: California Public Utilities Commission auditorium, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

WHEN: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 2 p.m.

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THE GREENLINING INSTITUTE
A Multi-Ethnic Public Policy, Research and Advocacy Institute

www.greenlining.org