2014-05-08T050308Z_1_CBREA470E1C00_RTROPTP_2_COMCAST-TIMEWARNERCABLE

Comcast to face trio of critics at congressional merger hearing

A Comcast sign is shown on the entrance to its store in San FranciscoBy Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast’s plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc is expected to face criticism from an independent network, small and medium-sized cable operators and a former Internet partner when U.S. lawmakers meet on Thursday for a second time to discuss the controversial deal. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hear from Comcast Corp Executive Vice President David Cohen. Among the critics due to testify is Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent Communications Group Inc, which has been a high-speed go-between for Netflix and Comcast. In February, Netflix Inc agreed to pay Comcast an unknown sum to connect directly.

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