Comcast and Time Warner Cable have long insisted that their proposed merger will have big benefits for consumers, although opinion polls of consumers have shown that this argument hasn’t proven very persuasive. That said, consumers in Michigan actually have a very good reason to support the merger because it will mean that Comcast will leave them alone.
One eagle-eyed Redditor has flagged an article from MLive last year that explains how Comcast basically plans to leave Michigan if its merger with TWC goes through as part of a deal to offset some of the customer gains it’s making through the deal.
“Comcast confirmed that almost all of its customers in Michigan will be transferred to a new company under a pending deal with Charter,” MLive writes. Comcast… announced it had reached an agreement with Charter Communications to create a new spin-off company to take over 2.5 million Comcast cable customers nationwide. That includes all of Michigan except a small portion in the southwest bordering Lake Michigan that’s considered part of the company’s Chicago region.”
Of course, it’s no guarantee that Charter will be a huge upgrade over Comcast, but we nonetheless imagine that Michigan residents aren’t too unhappy about the change, particularly if they’ve had the kinds of customer service experiences with the company that are a staple of its reputation.