Last month, cable TV giant Comcast announced it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for U.S. $45 billion, merging the largest and second-largest cable companies in the U.S. Comcast has about 22 million cable customers in 40 states. Time Warner Cable has 13 million customers in 29 states. Sadly, many of those customers also use email services provided by Comcast or Time Warner Cable.
These millions of customers will be affected in several ways. Plans have not yet been announced, but it is possible—or even probable—that millions of customers will be forced to adopt new email addresses once the merger is complete.