Let Them All Merge
Who cares? They don't compete with each other anyways. And there is no legal basis under current law to stop them for all merging into one large, national, cable company.
Whether there are 5 large cable companies across the country or one, the pricing power does not change on this basis.
While cable companies don't compete directly, fewer cable operators makes it easier for companies to standardize high pricing and fewer perks for the consumer
I think I am with this consolidation for the very reason you state but for a more back evil kind of reason.
Once they become 1 company, then it will be easier for the government to implement my plan of 1 fiber network nationwide to all consumers and businesses through regulations.
So with that in mind, lets give them lots of incentives to become one company this year (lets throw in the telco's too). Hell, lets say if they can get it all done by 12/31 they pay not taxes at all for 2013 just to get them salivating. Then within the next year or 2 after the cut over lets implement regulations requiring them to spin off their services making them official dump pipes that only service the network and sell access to all those that want to provide services across it. It will then make it a little easier to require and hold accountable the company that will be forced to roll fiber and provide at a minimum 45/45 mbps to EVERYONE within the next decade.
Works for me and it will finally be the government sticking it to the companies just like they have done in reverse for decades.
one small flaw in that do you have any idea how much lobbying power they would have then?
more likely they would never pay tax again and prices would go up 10x and they would just slow every thing down even more