Mayor Michael A. Nutter and fifty-one other mayors from across the United States sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting the proposed transaction between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In the letter, the mayors detailed potential benefits of the transaction, including increased network investment, faster internet speeds, improved video options and more jobs.
“As Mayor of the city in which Comcast is headquartered, I proudly and enthusiastically support this business transaction because Comcast has always been a great corporate citizen in Philadelphia, and I thank my fellow mayors for joining me in supporting this crucial transaction,” said Mayor Nutter. “The merger of Time Warner Cable and Comcast will lead to improved services and increased investment in existing Comcast markets. Cities joining the Comcast service area will benefit from the expertise the company brings in delivering high-quality, reliable products and from its commitment to increased digital literacy.”
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is an industry-leading model designed to address this challenge and has already increased residential internet access by 1.4 million homes. Expanded broadband adoption and increased digital literacy in the workforce will ultimately benefit the regional economies of the cities served by Comcast and more broadly, the entire U.S. economy.
The mayors’ letter to the FCC is attached.