Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday outlined her concerns and opposition to a proposed merger by Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which is currently pending federal review.

“Quality, affordable access is an issue of economic viability and democratic fairness,” Teachout said. “Competition is good for consumers, and removing it will stifle our ability to prevent future rate increases on existing sub-par service, and provide universal broadband coverage. When we allow power to consolidate, people lose.”

Time Warner Cable is the parent company of Time Warner Cable News and NY1.

Teachout in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state regulators at the Public Service Commission called for strengthened authority to oversee large broadband Internet providers and better police anti-competitive behavior in the marketplace.

The Public Service Commission has signed off on the merger, though it is awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

The merger for the companies comes after Comcast Corp. dropped its bid for TWC last year. The acquisition would have created the nation’s largest cable and Internet provider.

Teachout’s 2014 campaign opposed the Comcast-TWC merger, with her running mate Tim Wu being an early pioneer of net neutrality arguments.

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