FCC Chair Wants Comcast To Guarantee Access To NBC Programs


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From The Consumerist:

In a memo to be circulated today, Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to tell his fellow commissioners that he wants Comcast to agree to certain conditions before approving the cable giant's takeover of NBC. Among them: a guarantee that competitors will be able to get access to NBC programs at fair rates, and an assurance that the company won't throttle streaming services such as Netflix.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the conditions will also include allowing access to NBC programming by competitors
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People have time to get in their two cents worth. I heard the deal won't go to the next level until next year. Too many issues to get it done by the end of the year like they had originally planned.


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Reports are saying that it will be approved in January, with conditions including $10 broadband for low income families and 4500 miles total plant extension over 3 years, as well as a guarantee that NBC will still be available OTA.


Yes, the deal will very likely close in January. All-in-all, the conditions being placed on the deal are far less onerous than originally anticipated, even as compared to the most optimistic view from Comcast's stand-point. The call for full divestiture of the NBC network died very early, and even the call for divestiture of all O&O stations has died. None of the most consumer-focused conditions that were put forward by critics in 2009 when the deal was first announced have seen fruition, a clear reflection of how those critics were so far off-base with regard to what is fair and equitable. (This should serve as a lesson for us, going forward, with regard to all the consumerist propaganda that we're continually subjected to, cynically working to try to mislead the public into thinking that consumption is more important to the public interest than production.)