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The Comcast/Time Warner merger and what it means for your Internet service

by Take Two

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Comcast headquarters in downtown on February 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Comcast recently announced its intent to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

Let's talk about the future of the Internet in the U.S. Or more specifically, the future of the Internet for about 30 million people.

That's the number of customers that Comcast will likely end up with if it's allowed to merge with Time Warner. Comcast announced the merger this morning, and if they pass all of the regulatory hurdles, they would become the largest cable provider in the U.S., giving them control of around 30 percent of the market.

Here to talk about the future of the internet in the US is Brooks Boliek, technology reporter at Politico.

With news of the cable company merger, some are saying access to the Internet should be treated like a public utility. Take Two speaks to Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.

We also asked listeners what they think about their cable service:

 

 

 

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