Comcast dismisses new 'special interest group,' touts supporters

Responding to the announcement Wednesday of a new coalition made up of consumer activist groups, labor unions, rival pay-TV operators and other entities that don't support its merger with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) downplayed the formation of "Stop Mega Comcast."

"There's no real news here--a group of existing opponents making the same arguments they have already made and leveling essentially the same criticisms that have been leveled in the past, and weren't found to be credible in our past transaction reviews," wrote Sena Fitzmaurice, VP of corporate communications, government and regulatory communications for Comcast, in a blog post on the company's website.

Fitzmaurice then turned the attention to the "nearly 600 thoughtful and positive comments" the Federal Communications Commission has received regarding the proposed merger.

"This support includes more than 100 chambers of commerce and business organizations, as well as a wide array of small businesses, start-ups, and technology companies," she noted. "It includes more than 20 programmers, nearly 200 diversity groups and community partners, and over 150 state and local leaders of both parties."

For more:
- read this Comcast blog post

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