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The FCC Media Bureau today granted most of Bloomberg’s complaint that its news channel should be placed on Comcast’s cable systems near other news channels.
The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:
“We commend the FCC’s Media Bureau for their decision almost entirely upholding Bloomberg’s complaint against Comcast in the placing of independent news channels on Comcast’s cable systems.
“If policymakers are to insist on conditions for large mergers and other transactions, it is essential that those conditions are enforced with all deliberate speed. We worry about the length of time it took for this complaint to be resolved. While the FCC has an informal 180-day ‘shot clock’ for major transactions, this relatively minor complaint has been pending for nearly a year, and the discussions surrounding it have been ongoing for months longer.
“That it has taken the Commission this long to decide one simple issue raises the question whether complex mergers and transactions should be subject to numerous conditions, or simply rejected out of hand. The Commission should bear this in mind as it considers whether to reshape the telecommunications landscape in the transaction between Verizon and major cable companies, including Comcast.”