The fact that two major operators such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast could merge with minimal impact on competition at the local level is a clear indication of the lack of rivalry between many providers in the US – and one of the key reasons the FCC will have to keep a close eye on the issue of net neutrality. The nature of settlement-free peering is in many ways a more pressing issue however, as the larger an ISP becomes the more power it is able to exert in requiring payment for network interconnect.
- Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable will create an entity controlling roughly a third of the US fixed-line broadband business.
- Across most of the largest metropolitan statistical areas in the US, Comcast and Time Warner Cable have minimal overbuild.
- The merger of the two operators would therefore have little impact on the average consumer’s choice in ISPs.
- Concerns around net neutrality and the strength of the merged entity in the peering/interconnect arena.
In this report:
- Comcast/Time Warner Cable network overlap
- Implications of merger for net neutrality
- Potential measures to address lack of competition in US broadband market
List of tables and charts:
- Comcast and TWC homes passed by Metro Area
- Coverage maps of New York and Kansas City
- Average broadband revenue per subscriber – US, UK
Number of pages: 6
Number of charts and tables: 3