Here is yet another merger for consumers to worry about. You’ve probably heard by now, the Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter merger has all but been approved. While many news agencies and the FCC have taken steps to help out the consumer when the merger takes place, I am not seeing one keep aspect being mentioned at all. Infrastructure upgrades.
Sure the U.S. Department of Justice and the FCC is insisting that Charter abide by extra restrictions for seven years in order to win approval of the deal, but nothing has been mentioned about what ‘New Charter’ will do about upgrading the infrastructure of its’ newly acquired networks. Just so you know, these restrictions include bans on data caps and usage-based pricing for Charter’s broadband service. Charter is also prohibited from blocking TV programmers from making available online the same shows that they transmit to Charter’s cable customers.
Sure I am worried about how my pricing will change and how my bill may go up, but I am more worried about the speed of internet connection I will receive and how quickly they will upgrade the infrastructure in my area to support 100Mbps (I currently get 60Mbps). I currently have the ‘top-tier’ residential plan with TWC, Signature Home. Will New Charter offer something like that? Will I get to keep my current internet speed when he switch-over occurs or will I lose bandwidth speeds?
Seeing as the Republican National Convention takes place in Cleveland this summer (30 minutes north of me), I was hoping these infrastructure upgrades would take place. Considering the merger supposedly takes place sometime this May, we will see what they offer to us and what kinds of other perks we may get. My Signature Home package gets me dedicated customer service and other perks that I may not get with New Charter.
Only time will tell. Hopefully TWC and New Charter communicate with their new customers and everything goes smoothly. Sure I would love to save some money in the process, but internet speed is priority for me, before and after the merger.