NEW YORK – Charter Communications Inc. is trying to convince the government that consumers will benefit if it is allowed to create a cable giant through its proposed $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.
It is seeking government approval after regulators’ concerns led Comcast Corp. to scrap its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable in April.
Charter said Tuesday, in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, that it will roll out faster Internet with no data caps for Time Warner Cable and Bright House customers, for less money than a comparable service. It is also pledging to continue its policy of not blocking or slowing traffic, or establishing paid fast lanes.
Internet providers have sued to throw out new rules that ban such practices.
“It seems like they’re taking a more customer-friendly tone here” than Comcast did, said Matt Wood, policy director at public-interest group Free Press.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said that the Stamford, Conn., company needs to show how a more powerful Charter would benefit consumers.