Former FCC commissioner calls Comcast-TWC merger a terrible idea

Michael Copps, who served as an FCC commissioner from 2001 until 2011, has put out a call to journalists everywhere encouraging them to “generate a national discussion on the future of the internet.” “For more than a decade I occupied a front-row seat watching government policy undermine your profession and our democracy,” Copps says in a letter posted at Columbia Journalism Review. “Since I stepped down two years ago, the situation has only gotten worse.” He’s now extremely wary of Comcast’s planned $ 45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a merger Copps claims would “run roughshod over consumers in the end.”

“The internet is still an adolescent.”

And Copps speaks from experience; he joined the FCC in 2001 in an era when the…

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