One of the more troubling trends of the past decade has been consolidation within the telecommunications industry, especially among internet access providers.
In 2015, Open MIC joined with other nonprofits to oppose the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast with Time Warner Cable. That merger would have given the combined entity at least a 30% share of the national cable TV market and, according to some estimates, as much as 50% of the last mile high-speed interconnections in the United States. In the face of that opposition and regulatory scrutiny, Comcast terminated its plans for the merger in April 2015.
In 2016, Open MIC joined with Public Knowledge and Common Cause to file a petition asking the FCC to deny the proposed merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable. That merger was approved by the FCC, with significant conditions, in May 2016.