Copps: Comcast/NBCU Faces 'Steep Climb'

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The comments continued to flood the electronic transome as different constituencies contemplated the combined Comcast/NBCU.

Argubaly the elder statesmen of consolidation critics at the FCC, Commissioner Michael Copps said the proposal proves wrong those who have argued the era of media consolidation was a thing of the past.

"The push to combine content and distribution continues and, as the economy recovers, we will see more proposed media industry combinations," he said in a statement.

As for the the deal itself: "I am anxious to hear more from the parties to the deal about how they believe the proposed transaction, as presently constructed, advances the public interest. It will come as no news to them that they face a very steep climb with me."

Copps said he had lots of questions himself, including the impact of the deal on consumer prices, on minorities and diversity, and whether it gave more urgency to network-neutrality rules, all with an eye toward the consumer.

Copps was the only commissioner to have weighed in at press time.

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