Rep. Wants More Comments on Comcast/NBCU


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is serious about wanting more time for comments on the Comcast merger with NBC Universal.

Waters (pictured, r.) introduced a bill, HR 5020, that would extend the comment period at the Federal Communications Commission by 45 days.

Rep. Maxine Waters

She sent a letter to the FCC earlier in the week asking it to extend the deadline, but apparently is hedging her bets.

The commission has rejected a petition by Media Access Project for the 45-day extension, as well as a request by a pan-Aisan group to delay vetting the deal while it looks into its effect on Asian Americans.

Waters said her bill had the backing of MAP, as well as "Consumers Union, Free Press, Communications Workers of America, Parents Television Council, Public Knowledge, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Greenlining Institute."

It also has 50 legislative co-sponsors including most of the Congressional Black Caucus, she said.

At press time, that number had been boosted to 56 co-sponsors, according to Free Press, one of the groups pressing for more time.