Verizon Is Reportedly in Talks to Merge with Charter, America’s Second-Biggest Cable Company by BRIAN FUNG, Washington Post Roughly a year after swallowing up Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications could merge with yet another massive broadband and TV provider: Verizon. The telecommunications giant is reportedly exploring a combination with Charter, the nation's second-largest cable company, according to the Wall Street Journal. A deal between the two could create a massive company controlling access to home broadband, cable TV, and mobile voice and data services, accelerating what some analysts describe as a “mad scramble” of consolidation in the communications industry. “These companies are chomping at the bit to gobble each other up . . . . READ MORE Under the current administration, this merger would fly thru any approval process.