Comcast hits back on tech group’s merger opposition

Comcast is pushing back on the tech industry’s opposition to the cable giant’s merger with Time Warner Cable.

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) — which includes Google, Facebook, Aereo and T-Mobile — is wrong to say that the merger will harm competition and consumers, Comcast Vice President of Government Communications Sena Fitzmaurice said in a statement Tuesday.

"Every market Comcast operates in is highly competitive, and we compete actively every day against some of CCIA's members,” she said.

On Monday, the tech industry group replied to a request from Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE (D-Minn.) — a vocal opponent of the $45 billion merger to combine two of the country’s top cable companies and Internet providers — to weigh in on the deal.

The group told Franken that a merged Comcast-Time Warner Cable would have too much market power as main means for U.S. consumers to access the Internet and cable programming.

Fitzmaurice criticized CCIA for its “inaccurate figures” about Comcast’s market share if the proposed merger goes through.

CCIA also warned that regulators would set a worrying precedent by allowing this merger to get through due to its size.

“The size of this deal is not unprecedented,” Fitzmaurice said in the statement.

“In fact, after the deal, Comcast will have the same market share as it had throughout most of the first decade of the 21st Century.