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Comcast Should Provide Contracts To FCC

  • Bloomberg, Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:52 PM
Advocacy groups asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to demand more documents from Comcast Corp. before voting on the cable company's proposed merger with General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal. Comcast should supply the FCC with contracts to carry other companies' programs since 2006, says Andrew Jay Schwartzman, policy director of Washington-based Media Access Project.

The contracts will help the agency determine whether Comcast restricts program suppliers from selling their shows to competing online providers, Schwartzman said in the letter filed on behalf of his group, Free Press, Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge and Consumers Union. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski asked fellow commissioners on Dec. 23 to vote for the merger so long as it carried conditions such as letting subscribers view online video from competitors.



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