Meg James on Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts:
Roberts believes that the Time Warner Cable acquisition would serve the public interest.
The deal, he said, would not restrict competition because Comcast and Time Warner Cable operate in separate regions. L.A. residents could still subscribe to DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T or Verizon. What’s more, he believes that Comcast would provide a higher level of service. The company has spent billions of dollars each year to upgrade its network. It also leads the cable industry in services and technological features that it offers viewers.
It’s hard to reconcile the “higher level of service” rhetoric with reality.