Sen. Franken concerned about Comcast and Time Warner merger

By KBJR News 1

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) -- U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is concerned about Comcast's proposal to acquire Time Warner Cable.

Comcast is the number one cable and internet provider in the country and is planning to purchase Time Warner for $45 billion.

Sen. Franken has been an outspoken opponent of the merger since it was first announced in February.

He says if the deal goes through it could harm the open nature of the Internet.

Sen. Franken also says it would create higher prices, fewer choices and bad service for consumers.

"I've had over 100,000 people write to me, complaining about this saying, 'we don't want this to happen," said the Senator. "A lot of that is about how bad the service is."

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar also questioned how the acquisition would impact market competition and services to consumers.

She plans to send a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission asking them to examine concerns about the proposed merger.

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