By Robert W. Welkos

The failed $45 billion merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable never got to a vote last spring at the California Public Utilities Commission, but some think  the controversy that swirled around that doomed deal could govern how events unfold in the Golden State now that Charter Communications is seeking regulatory approval to merge with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

“I think California was the tipping point to cause the merger to end the way it did,” Paul Goodman, legal counsel for telecommunications at the Greenlining Institute, told CTFN. “I think maybe Charter has learned a lesson from Comcast. It needs to make sure that the merger is in the public interest and that it results in increased Internet speeds,” added Goodman, whose Berkeley-based public interest group vigorously opposed the Comcast deal.

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