Last updated: October 25, 2010 - 9:06am
[Commentary] The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are expected to weigh in on the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal before year's end. Regulators should scrutinize the proposed merger but should be skeptical of the critics' claims.
Comcast-NBCU could be forced as a condition of approval to agree to mandatory arbitration. FCC officials should resist calls by some merger opponents to impose "network neutrality" principles on Comcast's Internet component. Comcast and GE, which will retain a 49 percent stake in NBCU, should be allowed to proceed, and regulators should do their jobs and watch the newly formed company carefully.
(Disclosure: The Washington Post Co. has interests in broadcast and cable television, including NBC affiliates, and businesses that depend on the Internet.)
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