Charter Tells FCC of Commitment to Net Neutrality Regardless of Legal Intrigue
November 16, 2015
Originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter
By Eriq Gardner
The cable giant also says its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable will benefit online video providers like Netflix.
If a $55 billion merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable is completed, the marriage will result in a bigger company that commands about 15 percent of the nation’s cable and satellite subscribers and 22 percent of its broadband subscribers.
Naturally, concern about the ramifications of consolidation has ensued. This week, Charter answered its critics with a filing at the FCC that among other things, stresses its commitment to the principles of net neutrality.
“New Charter will not block or throttle Internet traffic or engage in paid prioritization, regardless of the outcome of the litigation over the Open Internet Order,” says Charter, referring to the FCC’s decision to reclassify internet service as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and the subsequent and pending legal challenges made by companies including AT&T and Alamo Broadband.