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Now What? Charter Deal Sailing Along, But Will Conditions Impact Others
After the DOJ gave its conditional blessing Mon to Charter's purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House, FCC
chmn Tom Wheeler circulated an order approving the $78bln transaction. Assuming a majority of the FCC commissioners
approve the order, New Charter would have 7-year conditions preventing it from offering usage-based billing/
data caps and charging for interconnection fees, including for online video providers. The big question is what, if any,
precedent does it set for the entire industry. Republican commish Michael O'Rielly is already gritting his teeth. " At first
blush, it appears that the Commission may have operated well outside the four corners of the merger application to
pursue unrelated matters and policies, " he said. " I will carefully consider the item put before me and vote in a timely manner. "
BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield wondered in a blog post Mon if govt regulators will seek to use the Charter consent
decree to craft wider-ranging policy that covers all ISPs. " While Comcast is clearly focused on expanding both usagebased
pricing and peering/interconnection fees, will they be able to charge those fees in NJ, while a few miles away in
NYC, Charter will have given up the ability to charge for those well into the next decade? " he asked. In a similar vein,
you have to wonder how the 7-year moratorium will impact things such as usage-based billing for broadband competitors
in Charter markets. Charter doesn't seem too bothered by the stipulations, saying they will " ensure Charter's current
consumer-friendly and pro-broadband businesses practices will be maintained by New Charter. " The DOJ's proposed
settlement would prevent Charter from entering into agreements that would make it tough for online video distributors,
such as Netflix, to gain programming content. The DOJ specifically talks about not imposing rate reductions, re-tiers or
termination rights on programmers who provision content to an OVD. The deal can't be finalized until the CA PUC signs
off, with state regulators not expected to vote before May 12. " We are pleased to reach this critical step in the regulatory
review of our merger with Charter, and remain optimistic that the transaction will be finalized soon, " Time Warner Cable
chmn/CEO Rob Marcus said in a statement. Charter and TWC shares each closed up more than 4% Mon. While Free
Press didn't take the news well, Public Knowledge sounded pretty cool with the conditioned deal-especially with the
term being extended to 7 years from 3. In a comment that should raise the eyebrows of non-Charter MVPDs worried
about usage-based billing, a PK staffer said: " Some of these conditions, such as a ban on data caps and usage-based
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