FCC Could Require 'Open Web' Conditions for NBC-Comcast Deal

Lora Bentley

In order to make its acquisition of NBC a reality, Comcast may have to provide content to competing online video services, and agree not to interfere with subscribers' Web traffic.

 

Federal Communications Commissioner Julius Genachowski suggested the conditions, according to Bloomberg, and is asking his colleagues to approve the deal only if they are met. Since the deal was announced, critics have been concerned that Comcast would "unfairly withhold ... NBC content from the market for online video" or restrict its customers' access to Web content not owned by the company.

 

That Genachowski would champion such conditions is really no surprise, given they line up nicely with the net neutrality rules the FCC adopted just weeks ago. But as of this writing they are merely suggestions because the commission has yet to vote on the acquisition.

 

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is also l<strong>ooking into the antitrust implications</strong> of the deal.



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