Comcast is about to buy out its biggest competitor, Time Warner, in a monster merger that would hand Comcast an unprecedented monopoly over our access to the internet and cable. If Comcast wins, we can expect higher bills and a slower Internet for everyone.
As if that's not enough, Comcast is working overtime to get conservatives in Congress to repeal Net Neutrality, one of the most important victories of the past decade for a free and open internet.
Because millions stood up and made their voices heard, we won Net Neutrality rules that keep Comcast and companies like them from creating an internet slow lane for those who can't afford to pay extra. But all that progress could be erased when this merger gives Comcast more power than any corporation in the history of the internet.
With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) making final preparations to vote on this disastrous merger, we've got just weeks to stop it.
Sign the petition to tell the FCC and Congress we can't let Comcast get away with destroying the internet.
The deal would give Comcast control of nearly 34 million TV subscribers and 32 million broadband customers. Nationally, Comcast would account for a third of the pay-TV market and 57 percent of the broadband market.
If Comcast is able to control prices through a monopoly on TV and Internet access, communities of color and working families will bear the brunt of of the consequences. With communities impacted by this digital divide already suffering lower rates of access to the internet, none of us can afford to let Comcast corner the market.
Rejecting this merger should be a no brainer. But Comcast has spent more than $100 million lobbying to get the government on their side since 2002 and currently employs over 100 lobbyists, so we've got our work cut out for us.
The good news? We know from our fight for Net Neutrality that if enough of us speak out we can counter Comcast's corrupting political influence and protect a free and open internet.
Tell the FCC and Congress to reject Comcast's monopoly merger.
This is an all-hands on deck moment. We need to weigh in now, before official public comments on this corporate merger close.
If hundreds of thousands of us speak up again, we can show the FCC and Congress the overwhelming public opposition to this Comcast Internet takeover and stop it dead in it's tracks.
Last February, against all odds, we pulled off one of the biggest victories in the history of the Internet passing Net Neutrality in what the New York Times called "the longest, most sustained campaign of Internet activism in history", won by "an army of Internet activists."
We have to keep the pressure up, now more than ever. If we do, we can stop Comcast from using their influence in congress to undo Net Neutrality, and make sure it's monopolistic merger is halted once and for all.
Tell the FCC and Congress: Say no to Comcast's monster merger.
Why Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable may be in deep trouble, Washington Post, April 20, 2015
Comcast takes lobbying to new heights, The Dallas Morning News, March 1, 2014
Lobbying Spending Database - Comcast, OpenSecrets.org