House Republicans question Comcast executives about the proposal. Rep. Farenthold (R-Texas) asks whether the merger with Time Warner Cable will raise prices and limit options for customers, as well as raising the topic of content discrimination:
I don’t want to sound hostile to this merger—I think this government needs to stay out of the business world as much as possible…But how do we know you won’t discriminate against other programming?
Polka, President/CEO of American Cable Association, testifies that the merger will have an immediate negative impact on small and regional cable services. EVP Cohen reiterates that the merger will benefit consumers.