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Charter/Time Warner Cable deal likely to face less static from regulators
Charter/Time Warner Cable deal likely to face less static from regulators

The last time Time Warner Cable was part of a proposed major corporate merger, objections by federal regulators helped scuttle the proposed acquisition of the company by Comcast Corp. Now, Charter Communications is the suitor, and experts said its $56.7-billion deal for Time Warner Cable, announced Tuesday, stands a better chance of getting regulatory approval for a simple reason: The marriage is smaller. The new company, which also would include smaller cable provider Bright House Networks, would have about 17.3 million pay-TV customers, compared with the 29 million customers of a combined Comcast/Time Warner Cable. The new Charter would be the largest pay-TV provider in five of the...

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