The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal is like an asteroid hurtling toward Earth: It's huge, it's widely destructive and if it slams into our media system with its full force, it would drastically reshape our media landscape.
If the deal goes through, Comcast --voted worst company in the U.S. this year by a Consumerist poll -- will gobble up dozens of cable networks and 27 television stations, and controlling 200 NBC affiliates and even a few theme parks (yes, theme parks). It would be the biggest media takeover in a generation.
The fact is, Comcast has a terrible record on just about everything:
- It fires workers who try to join unions;
- It engages in vicious price gouging;
- It was caught red-handed blocking Internet traffic;
- It has a woeful diversity record; and,
- CEO Brian Roberts was rated one of the five most overpaid CEOs in America.
We need to avert a Comcast disaster by telling the Federal Communications Commission to stop the merger. If we don't act now, we're going to get hit and the impact will be felt by everyone.