Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable 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.
The company argues its proposed $45 billion deal to merge the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable operators would not hurt consumers since the companies overlap geographically in very few places.
Among the critics due to testify is Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent Communications Group, 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.