Comcast/NBCU Docket Filling Up

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The Comcast/NBCU deal has drawn more than 1,300 comments so far, according to the Federal Communications Commission docket, many of them a form e-mail opposing the deal.

The FCC stopped the clock on the merger April 16 while it collects more information from the companies on the economic benefit of the deal and on its potential impact on online video distribution. The move also gave everyone more time to weigh in on the deal, a request that had been made by several groups opposing it.

The FCC had initially denied requests to extend the comment period, saying it wanted to move as expeditiously as possible.

But the court decision in the BitTorrent/Comcast case early this month put the FCC's ability to regulate Internet Service Providers' network management practices and commenters wanted to weigh in on what, if any, effect that had on the deal.