Washington -- In meetings with staffers for Republican Federal
Communications Commission members Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker earlier
this week, lobbyists for Bloomberg LP explained the company's petition to deny Comcast's deal for control of
The financial-media firm is concerned that without certain
conditions, Comcast will have the motive and opportunity to disadvantage its
Bloomberg Television, a competitor to NBC's CNBC, according to ex parte filings
at the FCC.
Bloomberg's position is that the FCC "must deny"
the deal unless it requires Comcast to put all business-news networks on
channels adjacent to CNBC, so that it cannot put BTV on a more-expensive tier,
and to continue to carry all business-news channels.
Bloomberg wants the FCC to prevent Comcast from packaging ad
sales for non-Comcast owned business channels with its owned channels without
those other channels' permission and prohibit it from offering advertisers discounts
tied to not purchasing ads on competing business channels or distributors
discounts tied to less favorable carriage terms.
It also wants the FCC to streamline the complaint process,
including arbitration for fee disputes.
For a full rundown of conditions, click here.