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Time Warner Cable has passed Electronic Arts for the title of Worst Company in America in the first round of voting. According to Consumerist, it was only by a slim margin that Time Warner Cable edged past EA by garnering 51.2 percent of the votes in order to proceed onto the next round of the poll.
Companies nominated by the readers are put into pairs to be voted on for a few hours, per round, with the tallies posted at the end of the day. In this case, Time Warner was paired with EA in the first round of voting. Up until this year, game publisher EA has been voted as the Worst Company in America, for two years straight, due to a series of unpopular business decisions such as in-game micro-transactions and DRM practices. However, issues with recent games such as Battlefield 4 were not enough to keep it in the running.
Time Warner Cable, while always having a spot in the WCIA brackets, seems to have incurred consumers’ wrath most likely due to the recently announced merger with Comcast. Comcast, which plans to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion, also passed through the first round of voting. Other companies that made it into the second round of voting are McDonalds, Koch Industries, Verizon, Monsanto, Walmart, Abercrombie & Fitch, Chase, Bank of America, Ticketmaster, and American Airlines.
Could there be a showdown between Time Warner Cable and Comcast for Worst Company in America? Or do you think another company should have that honor?