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Comcast-Time Warner Merger Is Good for Competition—and Consumers

A Comcast distribution center in Miramar, Fla.
A Comcast distribution center in Miramar, Fla.Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Members of Congress are lining up to criticize the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger announced last week, threatening a careful antitrust review. This is a great example of how U.S. antitrust policy has turned into a political game instead of a serious attempt to encourage competition and consumer choice.

With all their flaws, cable companies present an easy target for politicians, and the pending antitrust review provides a forum to score points with constituents. None of this chest-pounding will lower cable bills or improve service. It may actually hurt honest competition in the long run.