As Comcast-TWC merger shot clock restarts, opposition forces further coalesce

After pausing on Dec. 22 to vet a pile of delinquent documents, the FCC has resumed the shot clock on its review of the proposed merger of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC).

The review's resumption comes as an alliance opposing the deal, the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition, announced the addition of new members.

Joining the coalition are a number of entities which have already been independently active in their opposition: Common Cause, Consumers Union, Engine, the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, the Media Alliance, the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture, the National Consumer Law Center, the Open Technology Institute, the National Asian American Coalition, the Rural Broadband Alliance, the Writers Guild of America East, and Z Living.

The group's membership roster now totals 27.

"The rapid growth of the Stop Mega Comcast Coalition reflects the profound threat this merger poses to consumers, competitors and the public interest," said Gene Kimmelman, president and CEO of Public Knowledge. "Our continued growth will serve to amplify our message to law enforcement agencies that this merger must be blocked."

For more:
- read this Stop Mega Comcast press release
- read this Consumerist story
- read this Multichannel News story
- read this Dish Network FCC filing

Related links:
Comcast/TWC will create one of the largest local telecom providers, says group of telcos
Closing rhetoric kicks into overdrive as Comcast-TWC commenting period ends
Comcast-TWC clock stopped again by FCC to review more documents

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