In the Christian Science Monitor, Professor Jonathan Askin discusses the purchase of NBC Universal by Comcast, America's largest cable provider. The cable giant would hold a 51% stake, creating an enormous vertically integrated corporation with interests in film, television, Internet, and telecommunications-services. Critics worry that the merger could easily crush all competition. Professor Askin also notes that consumers will suffer if access providers create content. "The regulators will do little to enforce the merger conditions," he said. "The agreement does little to guard the price gouging by Comcast, opening the door for Comcast/NBC to game the system."
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