Free Press to FCC: Don't Rubber Stamp Comcast-NBC Merger

December 23, 2010 -

Free Press, still upset over the "squandered opportunity" of net neutrality, is today urging the FCC to not "rubber stamp" the Comcast-NBC merger.

Free Press opposes the merger because "it would give the nation’s largest cable company and residential broadband provider massive media power and the ability to restrict its competitors’ access to both Comcast and NBC content."

Free Press Policy Counsel Corie Wright made the following statement today on freepress.net:

"We are deeply disappointed that the FCC is apparently moving to approve this merger. Comcast’s takeover of NBC would have a harmful impact on competition and consumers, particularly in the emerging online video market. The conditions reportedly proposed by the FCC chairman recognize this danger, but we have serious concerns that they will go far enough to protect the public from this unprecedented media behemoth."

"It is not sufficient for the FCC’s conditions to merely preserve the status quo. Under the merger review standard of the Communications Act, the FCC may only approve a merger that affirmatively promotes the public interest goals of localism, diversity and competition. The devil will be in the details, but we remain skeptical as to whether the proposed conditions would go far enough to fulfill this public interest requirement."

"If this merger is approved, it will profoundly transform our media system. Comcast-NBC will control one in five television viewing hours, and it will have a stake in 125 cable channels, film studios, websites and other properties. Consumers are the ones who will be paying the price through higher bills and fewer choices, and they deserve a full and thorough review of the impact of this merger. We don’t need another massive giveaway to big media that leaves consumers high and dry."

"Comcast may be rushing to get this deal done as quickly as possible, but the FCC should put down its rubber stamp and be sure they have reviewed all the evidence and reflected on the long-term impacts of more media consolidation. This is clearly too much media power resting in the hands of one company, and the five commissioners of the FCC have the duty to protect the public, promote competition for consumers, and preserve the free and open Internet. Weak, short-lived conditions won’t do that."

For a more visual breakdown of what this merger means to you, check out Sop Big Media's infographic: Comcast by the Numbers.


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Re: Free Press to FCC: Don't Rubber Stamp Comcast-NBC Merger

I can't see any consumer upside to the Comcast/NBC merger.

Re: Free Press to FCC: Don't Rubber Stamp Comcast-NBC Merger

Honestly I hope Comcast never gets NBC.

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Re: Free Press to FCC: Don't Rubber Stamp Comcast-NBC Merger

What is going up there?

 
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IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
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