Deal Would Have Hurt Low-Income Consumers, Communities of Color

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – The Greenlining Institute, which campaigned energetically with a broad coalition of consumer advocates against the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, today applauded Comcast’s announcement that it will abandon the deal.

“This merger would have been bad for everyone, but particularly terrible for people of color and low-income consumers,” said Greenlining Institute Executive Director Orson Aguilar. “Federal and state regulators did the right thing by giving this deal close, careful scrutiny, and as a result, low-income consumers and communities of color won a huge victory today. We saw a lot of smoke and mirrors, but beneath it all this merger would have worsened the digital divide and created permanent second-class service for low-income customers.

“Killing a bad deal is important, but it’s just the beginning,” Aguilar added. “Much more needs to be done to make broadband service available and affordable to all, and efforts to kill the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules must be defeated in order to preserve the free, open Internet we know.”