Dish Seeks Open-Ended Comcast/NBCU Conditions


Dish Network was doing some last-minute lobbying at the Federal Communications Commission for open-ended conditions on the Comcast/NBCU deal.

The FCC plans to impose more than a dozen conditions on the deal, according to sources, with most lasting seven years.

But according to an ex parte filing at the FCC, Jeff Blum, Dish general counsel and senior vice president, argued that the conditions should remain in force "until Comcast-NBCU can demonstrate that the public interest is no longer served by such conditions."

That came in a phone call Tuesday to Josh Gottheimer, senior counselor to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. Blum also put in a pitch for wholesaling broadband, standstill and arbitration conditions for online content access, and "strong" broadband conditions.

The FCC's transition team has drafted an order approving the joint venture with numerous conditions, including on network neutrality, program access, online access and broadband deployment.

The commissioners are expected to vote to approve the deal sometime in January.