Comcast, NBCU Plead with FCC as Public Criticism Increases

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

NBC Universal and Comcast Corp. brass met with senior Federal Communications Commission officials Thursday and had a detailed discussion about commitments the two companies would make as part of the approval process for their $30-billion merger.

It’s been more than a year since Comcast Corp. struck a deal with General Electric Co. to take majority control of NBC Universal. Both the FCC and the Justice Department are reviewing the deal to determine what conditions should be put on the two companies as part of the approval process.


Many lawmakers and regulators are concerned that a combination of the nation’s largest cable and broadband company with a programming giant that owns a movie studio, a broadcast network and several powerful cable channels would harm competitors and consumers. More…