Today's Date: February 24, 2024
Easterseals South Florida announces the appointment of Matthew Roth as Board Chair   •   Disney Hosts Princess Party at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando   •   SIGNIFICANCE APPLAUDS THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (USMC) ON ITS AUDIT OPINION   •   The Courage Projects Demands Action for More Than 20,000 Ukrainian Children Taken by Russia   •   Emancipation Proclamation: Renewed Call for Federal Recognition Highlights Black and Jewish Unity Efforts - NewsBlaze   •   Mastering The Meno(Pause) Transition Summit 3.0: A New Dawn in Women's Health   •   Yelp Announces New Employee Inducement Grants Under NYSE Rule 303A.08   •   Chickasaw Community Bank Names Bill Schonacher as CEO   •   ARC Ltd. and Milliman Award Scholarships to Empower Africa's Next Generation of Climate Change Leaders   •   Historic Day for Health Care in Canada: United Steelworkers Union   •   Thirty-three homes nearing completion in Yukon First Nations   •   Berkshire Hathaway Inc. News Release   •   Electra Participating in Upcoming North American Critical Minerals Industry & Investment Events   •   Celebrating a 'Transformative Figure in Sports and Leadership'   •   University of Phoenix Leadership to Present at Greater Phoenix Chamber Event   •   Enrich Foods’ “Climate Friendly” Rice Named NEXTY Award Finalist: The First Consumer Product Funded by USDA&rs   •   Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak Sends a Message of Support to Our Trans, Non Binary and Two Spirit Community Members   •   University of Phoenix Vice Provost Doris Savron Is a Featured Guest on The EdUp Experience Podcast   •   York University Academic Workers Vote to Strike Monday   •   New co-developed Consultation Protocol between Kitselas First Nation and Canada that will strengthen the stewardship of Kitselas
Bookmark and Share

Groups On Comcast Merger "Bad For Consumers"

 WASHINGTON -- Free Press, Media Access Project, Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union have filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission to oppose Comcast’s proposed takeover of NBC Universal.

Free Press Policy Counsel Corie Wright said, “The public interest community has offered a mass of evidence that the proposed merger will hurt consumers and competition. In response, Comcast has offered 600 pages of talking points, flawed analyses and inconsistent statements. More importantly, for the FCC’s review, Comcast has failed to demonstrate that the benefits of the merger will outweigh its considerable harms.  In its current form, the proposed merger suffers from a sizeable public interest deficit.”

Andrew Jay Schwartzman, senior vice president and policy director of the Media Access Project, said, "Our review of Comcast’s internal business planning documents confirms what we said in our original petition. It shows that the goal of this transaction is to use NBCU’s content to extend Comcast’s market power into the Internet space. There are no conditions which can ameliorate this problem; the Commission should reject the proposed deal."

Mark Cooper, research director of Consumer Federation of America, said, “Our analysis of the thousands of pages of confidential documents that Comcast and NBC were forced to make available for review demonstrates not only that this merger will reduce competition, raise prices and harm the public, but also that Comcast has been cynically hypocritical in making statements to federal regulators that its own internal analyses prove to be false. In an age of widespread corporate irresponsibility, Comcast has set a new low by committing fraud in its public interest filing.”

The public interest groups urge the FCC to reject this merger, and to put the needs of the public before the interests of big business. The filing makes clear, that if this merger is allowed to go through, consumers will have fewer choices, especially if they seek access to independent or diverse voices. It will mean less innovation in the emerging market for online video, fewer local voices and diminished media diversity.

As of yesterday, there were 33,049 filings in the Comcast docket, including 31,903 from Free Press activists. 94 percent of comments submitted to the FCC express opposition to the merger.

Link to the executive summary of comments to the FCC by Free Press, Media Access Project, Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union in opposition to Comcast's proposed takeover of NBC:http://www.freepress.net/files/FP_MAP_CU_CFA_Merger_Reply_ExecSummary_8....



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News