New York Reps. Want FCC, Justice To Approve Comcast/NBCU Union


Add 11 New York House members to the Congressfolk asking the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to get off the stick and approve the Comcast/NBCU merger.
In a letter dated last Friday, the members, which include Democrats Eliot Engel, Ed Towns and Steve Israel and Republican Chris Lee, said they recognized that large companies needed government scrutiny when they get together, that review should not "drag on indefinitely."
They cited the numerous Hill hearings on the deal, the public-interest conditions and intervening side deals with producers, affiliates and minority groups, and the FCC's marathon Chicago hearing as evidence the deal had been vetted. They also suggested the public had had ample opportunity to weigh in as well, with five months to file comments and another two to file replies (which are now due Aug. 19).
"With this large record of information, we hope you will conclude the regulatory review process in a timely matter and approve the merger."
In a letter filed Monday, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) suggested timely would be no later than Dec. 1, essentially a year after the deal was announced.