The FCC has given Comcast an extra two weeks to respond formally to
Bloomberg's complaint that Comcast violated the NBCU merger condition on
neighborhooding news channels.
The reply had been due July 13,
but the FCC agreed to extend that to July 27 after Comcast asked and
Bloomberg had no objection, according to Comcast. "Bloomberg's complaint
is extensive, and we believe that extending the answer deadline to July
27, 2011, is appropriate to allow Comcast sufficient time to review and
answer the complaint, and provide the Media Bureau with a more
extensive record, which may lead to a more expeditious resolution of the
dispute," the commission said .
The extension may also mean a
less harried July 4 weekend or week for those charged with compiling
that extensive record. The FCC has frequently granted extensions of
deadlines that fall near major holidays.
On June 13, Bloomberg
filed a formal complaint with the FCC after Comcast declined to move
Bloomberg TV into what Bloomberg called "existing news neighborhoods" on
Bloomberg argued that not doing so violates a
condition in the FCC's order approving the NBCU deal. Bloomberg wants
the FCC to make Comcast move Bloomberg TV into those ""neighborhoods,"
as defined by Bloomberg, in the top 35 DMA's in the country within 60
In its response to Bloomberg's informal May 26 request
that it start moving Bloomberg TV adjacent to other business news
channels, Comcast had pointed out that its channel placements preceded
the NBCU deal and said it was not based on any "discriminatory motive to
advantage CNBC or MSNBC to disadvantage Bloomberg."
the FCC did not intend for Comcast to have to remake channel lineups in
39 states. It pointed out that it has launched Bloomberg TV to 18
million subs over the past five years and continued to add the channel
after the transaction with NBCU.