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Proposed conditions for Comcast/NBCU merger

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by phrelin, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    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:
    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.
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
  3. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    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.
  4. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    "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".
  5. Kev

    Kev Cool Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    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.
  6. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    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    - The "retransmission concent" rule is repealed relative to local stations and the Supreme Court's wise ruling in Fortnightly is restored.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.
  7. Kev

    Kev Cool Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    I would also require that they divest themselves of the TV stations they own.
  8. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    perhaps arbitration would be sufficient .. It would certainly reduce the leverage Comcast/NBCU would have.
  9. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    How well did binding arbitration work for Comcast and DISH with CSN California? Not so much?

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