I noticed that Fenlander on Leaf Talk suggested that this merger might be good for us all at this stage of development.
I agree. The only way that the current networks stand a chance of surviving is if they start to make a profit. If not they will eventually go out of business and shut down. I predicted that would happen as there will not be sufficient EVs out there prepared to pay for charging for many years. With the merger of the two top players I hope it will give the market a bit more financial stability and backing and so it will delay the day when they decide that commercial charging networks are not profitable.
I still say that it will be hellishly difficult to make any kind of profit on charging for many years though. Charging at home is simply too cheap right now. Perhaps the government will tax EV charging in some way so that eventually that might make the commercial charging infrastructure look more financially attractive to EV drivers. Who knows?