Comcast lobbyists are working the halls of Congress to pave the way for their big takeover of NBC. Unfortunately, the merger would mean more media consolidation and could be a serious threat to net neutrality.
When the same company owns both the production and distribution of information and entertainment, consumers historically recieve less diversity of programming and higher price gouging.
The trade group American Cable Association recently released an economic analysis predicting Comcast’s proposed merger could result in $2.4 billion in extra costs to consumers.
The merger would also create the world's largest company that would have unprecedented control over the flow of information. Market analysts have estimated that a combined Comcast/NBC would control one in every five hours of television viewing.
Tell your elected officials to stand up to Comcast’s campaign for media domination.
Here are three, easy-to-use websites with customizable letters that can be quickly sent off to Congress and the FCC.
Freepress.net: Letter to Congress.
Freepress.net: Petition to the FCC
Communication Workers of America: Letter to the FCC.
1) Go to the websites.
2) Fill out the personal info fields (name, address, etc.)
3) Customize the pre-made letter with any additional points you'd like to make,
4) Click SEND to let your congressman know how you feel about media consolidation.
Congress is currently putting pressure on the FCC to keep this from happening. Your letter will only encourage their efforts.
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