Netflix Inc. on Tuesday said it has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the proposed merger between Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. The petition submitted to the American regulator and attached to an online news release said the combination of these two U.S. cable giants would create "the nation's largest onramp to the Internet." Netflix said an Internet service provider of that magnitude would have the leverage to hurt companies, such as itself, that provide online video streaming. "The combined entity would have the incentive and ability — through access fees charged at interconnection points and by other means — to harm Internet companies, such as online video distributors ("OVDs"), which Applicants view as competitors," Netflix said in the petition. Netflix pointed out that when AT&T and MediaOne proposed a merger 14 years ago, the federal government intervened and insisted that one of the two companies' broadband businesses not be part of the deal due to concerns over market share. Netflix recently signed a deal with Time Warner to ensure quality access for Netflix viewers on that Internet service. It has signed similar agreements with other providers, including Comcast, even though Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has denounced the necessity of paying for such access.