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The conventional wisdom has been that Charter Communications faces a smoother regulatory approval process in merging with Time Warner Cable than Comcast did.

A Charter-TW Cable combination would not be as mammoth, New York regulators have already signed off on the merger and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, a vocal opponent of the Comcast deal, supports this one.

But some opponents are raising the volume on their opposition, particularly when it comes to what the potential combination would mean for the growth of online video services.

On Thursday, Dish Network, USTelecom, Public Knowledge and a number of other groups launched the Stop Mega Cable Coalition, with members sharing criticisms of the transaction, but differing on whether they would like to see the deal blocked outright or subject to stringent conditions.

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