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Comcast faces tough regulation from FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Apparently, Comcast's bid to take over NBC Universal could face more stringent conditions from the Federal Communications Commission after the company's victory in the US appeals court.

Public Activist Groups Want FCC Public Field Hearings On Comcast/NBCU Union

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Public interest groups that oppose the proposed Comcast/NBCU joint venture are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to hold public field hearings on the deal.

NBC Blocks Free TV Episodes on iPad

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
2

The NBC broadcast network has, for now, ditched its plans to stream full television episodes onto the Apple iPad.

NBC: Americans had 'record' access to Olympics coverage

Location:
NBC Universal, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10112, United States
Recommendation:
2

Even though some online coverage of the Winter Olympics required subscriptions, NBC chief executive officer Jeffrey Zucker said viewers had access to more coverage than in any prior Winter Olympics.

Roberts: Comcast Won't Discriminate Against Competitor's Web Programming

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE , Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts and NBCU President Jeff Zucker have responded to a host of follow-up questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members about their proposed joint venture, with Roberts saying his company will not discriminate against competitors Web programming, but making no promises about putting all, or any, new programming on the Web.

Mabuhay Alliance first group to file petition to deny Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Comcast/NBCU merger has drawn its first petition to deny from self-described "Pan-Asian" group called the Mabuhay Alliance.

FCC Seeks Comment on Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

The FCC is now seeking comment from all interested persons to assist the Commission in its independent review of this proposed transaction.

NBC/Comcast execs make few guarantees to Franken

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

In the wake of last month's heated Senate hearing with executives from NBC and Comcast, Sen Al Franken (D-MN) wanted some guarantees that the companies would continue to offer their content online on sites like Hulu.com after the proposed merger.

Recap: Consumers, Competition, and Consolidation in the Video and Broadband Market

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on March 11 to investigate issues raised by the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal.

Comcast Is Absent From Campaign to Change Retransmission Rules

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

Many of the country's biggest television providers have signed on to a petition asking the government to revamp station retransmission rules. Cablevision, Charter, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon all joined the coalition of providers and nonprofit groups in signing the petition on Tuesday. But the nation's biggest cable company, Comcast, was missing.

Free Press Calls on Members to Ask Congress to Block Comcast/NBCU

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Public interest group Free Press is calling on its members to contact Members of Congress and ask that they block the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal.

Media Execs Weigh In On Comcast-NBCU

Location:
2010 Media Summit -- Bloomberg Businessweek , New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

A variety of media executives delivered their views, positive and negative, on the Comcast NBC Universal get together at the Bloomberg Businessweek media summit Wednesday, March 10.

The battles to watch over what you can watch

Recommendation:
2

The real fight to watch isn't on television -- Conan vs. Leno, Olbermann vs. O'Reilly. Rather, it's about television, and the future of online video -- a fight that pits cable and content companies against consumers.

Consumers, Competition, and the Proposed Comcast-NBC Merger

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal on Thursday, March 11.

Boucher Has Online Access Questions For Comcast/NBCU

Location:
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rick Boucher (D-VA), chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, says he has some follow-up questions for the heads of Comcast and NBCU about access to online content, which he suggests should be the same for consumers after the proposed joint venture as before.

Sen Kohl asks NBC about Olympic site pay-TV link

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, has written to NBC to express concern that some of its Internet coverage of the Winter Olympics is limited to pay television subscribers.

Congress told that Comcast/NBC merger a big crapshoot

Location:
House Judiciary Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
2

Congress held another hearing on Comcast's proposed buyout of NBC Universal on Thursday, and as at earlier gatherings, the critics came out swinging. Perhaps the most intriguing testimony came from economist Thomas Hazlett, who was circumspect about prospects for the proposed deal.

Congressional Report Anticipates Comcast/NBCU Approval

Location:
Congressional Research Service, 101 Independence Avenue, SE Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 20540-7500, United States
Recommendation:
3

A confidential report to Congress on Comcast's proposed deal for control of NBC Universal raises issues on both sides of the debate, but starts from the premise that the deal will go through.

NBCU, Public Knowledge Spar over ISP Filtering

Recommendation:
2

Fair-use advocate Public Knowledge took aim at NBC Universal for defending ISP filtering for illegal content.

Comcast Urged To Quit Program Access Case

Recommendation:
2

A coalition of consumer advocates, labor interests and video service providers are urging Comcast President and CEO Brian Roberts to drop litigation that seeks to overturn a Federal Communications Commission regulation he has pledged to follow even if his company prevails in court.

Sen. Al Franken wants all Comcast and NBC content available online

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

In written questions to Comcast and NBC Universal regarding their $30-billion proposed marriage, Sen Al Franken wants Comcast and NBC Universal to promise that it will put all its television shows online.

Feingold Offers Tough Written Follow-Up to Zucker, Roberts

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Russ Feingold (D-WI) had some toughly-worded questions for Comcast and NBCU in a written follow-up to a Hill hearing on the proposed deal.

When the Night Meets the Morning Sun

Recommendation:
2

How do we know that the promises made by Comcast and NBC to ensure their marriage will be broken? Because cable operators break promises, contracts, rules and laws all the time.

Obama, Congress should take dim view of Comcast/NBC Universal merger

Recommendation:
3

Since President Obama took office last year, Democrats in Washington, DC, have made noise about taking on special interests, lobbyists and big corporations. So far, it has been mostly talk.

AWOL on Comcast/NBC Merger: Olbermann, Maddow, Schultz, Matthews

Recommendation:
3

Why aren't Olbermann, Maddow, Schultz and Matthews talking about the Comcast-NBC deal?

If Comcast and NBC CEOs Will Fib to Congress, How Do You Trust Them About Broadband's Future?

Location:
Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBC CEO Jeff Zucker went in front of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust and Competition and the House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications to defend their proposed merger. And while "Say Anything" was actually produced by competitor 20th Century Fox, that seemed to be the mantra of both CEO, as both got caught out in some creative truth stretching -- if not outright lies.

Senate Hearing Examines Comcast-NBC Deal

Location:
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast and NBC Universal didn't get a whole lot of love at Thursday's emotional Senate hearing on their proposed merger.

Celebrating Comcast Day on the Hill (updated)

Location:
Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

The proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal got two Congressional hearings on Thursday. The House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a morning hearing. In general, Democrats talked about a careful and extensive review of potential anticompetitive harms, with a particular focus on access to online video, for which there are no program access regulations, the effects on broadband of combining the nation's top residential broadband provider with the fourth largest content provider and the effects on diversity and localism, among other topics. Republicans countered that the deal was between two companies with little overlap and presented few anticompetitive threats. They warned against turning the review into a referendum on criticisms of media in general or attempting to apply conditions in a game of "what ifs."

Hatch to play key role in Comcast-NBC merger

Location:
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen-226 , Washington, DC, 20002 , United States
Recommendation:
3

General Electric Chairman Jeffery Immelt sent Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT) a $2,000 campaign contribution the same day his company announced a deal giving Comcast controlling interest in NBC Universal.

Comcast's fast-growing Washington presence

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The tale of Comcast's remarkable rise in Washington tracks the story of how the cable giant built its business. In the same way that it aggressively grew its empire by acquiring one cable system at a time, the company has methodically added one lobbyist after another and steadily spread more money around the nation's capital as its interests expanded beyond the television screen.