Tim Wu, the Columbia Law School professor and author who coined the phrase “network neutrality,” is running for Lieutenant Governor in New York.
If he wins, Wu will try to block Comcast’s attempted purchase of Time Warner Cable. While the merger is being reviewed by federal regulators, it is also being reviewed at the state level. In New York, the Public Service Commission is scrutinizing the deal.
“The main issue [related to technology] I’m focusing on right now is Comcast and the really big mergers,” Wu told Ars today. While the lieutenant governor doesn’t make merger decisions, “I see the lieutenant governor position as one that puts pressure on other agencies and advocates for the public’s interest. I would push the agencies to block the Comcast merger,” he said.
Wu explained to The Washington Post that “The state can block a merger. They can’t block two companies merging in Texas, but Comcast wants to buy Time Warner Cable, which happens to have substantial business operations in New York. It is a New York State merger.”
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