The Comcast-NBC Universal transaction was not on the agenda for the next open meeting of the Federal Communications Commission, leaving insiders to speculate whether or not the FCC will vote on the joint venture before Jan. 25.
Chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a draft order approving, with conditions, Comcast's deal to acquire 51 percent of NBCU on Dec. 23. The deal also has to be approved by the Department of Justice.
With all five FCC commissioners headed for Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens tomorrow, a vote this week is a long shot.
There are two items on the FCC's Jan. 25 agenda, circulated Tuesday evening (Jan. 4). One is an order and rule to ensure that the public safety broadband network is interoperable. The other is one that will examine the FCC's efforts to improve its "fact-based, data-driven decision-making."