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Proposed conditions for Comcast/NBCU merger


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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 11:51 AM

The FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed conditions for the Comcast/NBCU merger deal. A couple of things about this are clear.

First, this is a recommendation from the Chairman for approval of the merger, albeit conditional.

Second, there is this from an LA Times article:

Specifically, one condition would require Comcast to provide its programming to an online video service if rivals such as Walt Disney Co.'s ABC or News Corp.'s Fox were also feeding content to it.

That could be a bitter pill for Comcast to swallow because it would prefer to control its own programming rather than be forced to help competitors — such as Netflix or Google TV — build their businesses.

There are many conditions in Genachowski's proposed order. So far I can't on line find a copy of what he circulated to the other FCC members Thursday. So it appears all we can read is news articles about a "leaked" copy.

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#2 ONLINE   sigma1914

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 11:58 AM

This letter? http://fjallfoss.fcc...w?id=7021024634
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Posted 27 December 2010 - 12:12 PM

This letter? http://fjallfoss.fcc...w?id=7021024634

No, that's the latest Comcast letter. Genachowski Thursday privately circulated to the other FCC members a proposed order to approve the merger

In this age of Wikileaks, I'm surprised I can't locate a copy of Genachowski's memo and attached proposed order.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 07:25 PM

"Comcast, which has spent more than $15 million lobbying the government"

I would like to know who's pockets that $15 million is in. With that much money being thrown around I would expect some "Quid pro quo".
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:46 PM

I would not allow it period. It should be banned. Comcast cannot even manage their own business well. Their customer no service stinks and their prices are high. Tell them to show us they can manage a cable company first. Nothing good comes of these mega mergers. Ask AT&T customers.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:38 PM

Only three conditions should be imposed on this or any other merger.

- The "retransmission concent" rule is repealed relative to local stations and the Supreme Court's wise ruling in Fortnightly is restored.

- Any rights fee dispute over a channel (owend by Comcast or any other corporation) is automatically submitted to binding arbitration where the average price paid for the channel by the 15 largest cable operators will be averaged and imposed as a fair price for the channel on DBS or over-build.

- Comcast is prohibited from merging with or buying any more cable companies forever.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:47 PM

Only three conditions should be imposed on this or any other merger.

- The "retransmission concent" rule is repealed relative to local stations and the Supreme Court's wise ruling in Fortnightly is restored.

- Any rights fee dispute over a channel (owend by Comcast or any other corporation) is automatically submitted to binding arbitration where the average price paid for the channel by the 15 largest cable operators will be averaged and imposed as a fair price for the channel on DBS or over-build.

- Comcast is prohibited from merging with or buying any more cable companies forever.


I would also require that they divest themselves of the TV stations they own.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:50 PM

perhaps arbitration would be sufficient .. It would certainly reduce the leverage Comcast/NBCU would have.
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 02:52 PM

- Any rights fee dispute over a channel (owend by Comcast or any other corporation) is automatically submitted to binding arbitration

How well did binding arbitration work for Comcast and DISH with CSN California? Not so much?




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