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Franken Says Merged Comcast, Time Warner Cable ‘Will Be Bad for Consumers’

Having done two stints as a writer and performer on “Saturday Night Live,” Sen. Al Franken knows a thing or two about NBC. This morning on CBS, the Minnesota democrat said NBC parent company Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable “will be bad for consumers of TV, of cable TV and of the Internet.

“I think consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and worse, even worse service,” Fraken said on “CBS This Morning.”

As chairman of the Privacy, Technology, and Law Subcommittee, Franken also discussed Steve Kroft‘s report on personal data being harvested by marketing companies.

“You saw it last night on ’60 Minutes,’” said Franken. “I really believe that Americans have a right to privacy, that they have a right to know what’s being taken, what of their private information’s being taken, and to give permission if you’re going to take their private information.”

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