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Better broadband at better prices? Welcome to Charter CEO's fantasy
Better broadband at better prices? Welcome to Charter CEO's fantasy

To hear the chief executive of Charter Communications tell it, his company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable will mean a better broadband experience for all. "We'll offer consumers a broadband product that makes watching online video, gaming and engaging in other data-hungry applications a great experience, including at peak times," Tom Rutledge said after the planned merger was announced Tuesday. In short, he said, consumers can look forward to "better products at better prices." As best as I can tell, he wasn't trying to be funny. "When it comes to cable consolidation, history teaches us to be very concerned about the benefits for...

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