Latino Leaders React to News of Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

Today we received the following release from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

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WASHINGTON, DC — Today the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the 37 preeminent national Latino organizations in the country, reacted to news of a proposed transaction between Comcast NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable by signaling their intention to carefully study the proposal to assess how it will impact Latino consumers, small businesses and Hispanic inclusion throughout the proposed combination’s operations. In particular, NHLA looks forward to engaging the companies around a discussion of how the principles of their historic memorandum of understanding signed between Comcast NBCUniversal and Hispanic organizations including those represented by NHLA would be effectively strengthened and extended in a potential new company.

“Our coalition views the proposed merger between Comcast NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable as a high priority for Latino organizations to address given the potential impact on Latino access to media and broadband,” stated Hector Sanchez, NHLA Chair. “We look forward to engaging these companies in a robust discussion about this transaction and how it will impact our communities.”

NHLA members plan to study the proposed transaction carefully and assess it is impact with respect to prominent Hispanic inclusion in board and executive positions, procurement, programming, employment, carriage and philanthropy. We will also assess how the proposed merger will impact affordability, quality of service, broadband adoption and customer service in general.

“Comcast NBCUniversal has a strong track record of engaging with the NHLA and many of its members,” stated Brent Wilkes, NHLA Vice Chair. “We look forward to engaging them around these important merger issues in the weeks and months ahead.”

Established in 1991, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. In 2013, NHLA launched the Latinos United for Immigration Reform campaign.  For more information, please visit  www.nationalhispanicleadership.org  and  www.LatinosUnited.org  and follow @NHLAgenda.

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