FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is planning to circulate a draft order soon approving Charter Communications’ $55 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move could happen this week.

The report says the federal greenlight would come with a number of Federal Communications Commission Set To Vote On Net Neutralityconditions, notably targeting efforts to buoy online video as a competitor to cable TV. Citing sources, WSJ said one stipulation would prohibit Charter from including clauses in its pay-TV contracts that restrict a content company’s ability to offer its programming online or to new entrants in the space.

Wheeler’s recommendation would go to the other four FCC commissioners for their review, and a majority vote is needed for approval. There could be modifications to the order, but signs point to approval of the mega-merger that was proposed in the wake of NBCUniversal parent Comcast’s failed bid for TWC last year.

Robert Curriden
3 months
And nevermind that charter has announced plans to liquidate huge swaths of TWC operations, causing massive job...
Edward
3 months
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Dan Kilrim
3 months
really tim curran???? and what has charter exactly spammed onto your computer? or is it more likely...

The deal would unite the No. 2 and No. 3 cable and Internet providers in the U.S., but opponents of the deal worry that it would reduce competition.