Comcast buys Hburg Adelphia cable

Brent Finnegan -- July 27th, 2006

Continuing the trend of corporate consolidation in the US, Comcast, the largest cable company in the country, bought most of Adelphia Cable, including the Harrisonburg designated market area. The $3.5 billion transaction gives Comcast an extra 1.8 million subscribers, giving them a total of over 23 million subscribers nationwide. This ensures their continuing dominance over most of the major eastern DMAs from New England to Virginia. Number two cable provider Time Warner bought a smaller portion of Adelphia, increasing their presence in LA, Ohio, and Maine.

The deal has been the subject of debate between pro-merger lobbyists and media watchdog groups for over a year. But the FCC approved it earlier this month, and the aquisition will be complete as of July 31.

So, what does this mean for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents? It’s possible we will see no changes in service. In Rocktown/DNR, Comcast spokesman Tim Fitzpatrick said, “We make sure that customers won’t see any immediate changes…” Strange choice of words.

Those of us who use Adelphia cable as our ISP should be getting bills from Comcast very soon.


10 Responses to “Comcast buys Hburg Adelphia cable”

  1. Dada says:

    I don’t use cable anything, preferring to use up a few calories fussing with the rabbit ears.

    One day, though, airwaves might not be available and I’ll have to pay for my commercially supported entertainment.

  2. danno says:

    i think the only difference that anybody will notice is the better service.

  3. finnegan says:

    haha! nice find, danno.

    That quote from the Comcast spokesperson makes me think that the prices will go up. Just not “immediately”.

  4. Deregualtion of the cable television industry to allow multiple cable companies to compete in the same market would help price and service.

  5. finnegan says:

    I wish I could agree with you, Josh. But, like so many things, the way things should be is not the way things really are.

    I believe deregulation is part of the problem, not the solution. Arguments and facts and figures can be found to support both arguments–for and against–but when corporations are allowed to merge and aquire all they want, deregulation doesn’t do a whole lot of good.

    Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “This guy used to be a Libertarian?”

  6. But we’ve never had the option to even try market competition. Look at cell phones. Before the cell phone industry was deregulated in the mid 90’s cellphones were expensive, service was unreliable, and your choices nill. Now, cellyphones are cheap and even free at sign up and consumers have a myriad of service options and various prices depending on your budget. When the market was opened up many companies came in to fill the void and meet demand, which is what I believe would happen with cable.

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