Black and Hispanic state legislators have weighed in at the Federal Communications Commission in support of the Comcast/NBCU merger.
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators defended Comcast's record on diversity in a letter Wednesday to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and called a possible meld with NBC Universal a "positive development" for the African-American community.
NBCSL cited Comcast's help in launching African-American-targeted cable net TV One, its support of BET, and its work with the Urban League in concluding that the combined company would "promote the important value of diversity."
The deal also got a shout-out from the National Conference Of Hispanic Legislators.
NCHL national chairman David Casas of Georgia, in his letter to the chairman, said that the group "strongly believe[s] that the proposed combination will only enhance Comcast's ability to positively impact the lives of millions of Hispanic Americans." Casas said Comcast, for one, had been a strong business and community partner to the Hispanic community.
The FCC Thursday re-started its informal 180-day shot clock for vetting the merger.