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Charter pledges to make Internet affordable to the poor as merger gets debated

Charter pledges to make Internet affordable to the poor as merger gets debated

Charter Communications' massive merger -- which would roll three cable companies into one -- cleared a hurdle Tuesday night when California regulators held a marathon hearing to gather public comment.

Charter's $67-billion plan to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks -- two large California providers -- attracted dozens of enthusiastic supporters and some vocal critics at the four-hour hearing in downtown Los Angeles.

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No decision on the deal was reached. But dozens of community groups from Riverside County, San...

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