Consumer Groups Cry Foul on Comcast's NBC Play
Dec 04, 2009, 22:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)
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"For Net neutrality advocates, the integration of content and
distribution revisits the longstanding worry about Internet service
providers such as Comcast favoring their own content at the expense
of their rivals.
""The combination of the country's largest cable company, a TV
network and a movie studio could present grave dangers to a free
and open Internet," Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn said this
morning. "The sheer size of the transaction makes a Net neutrality
rule that much more necessary, as more content comes under the
control of another giant media company."
"The deal will have to pass through a long regulatory gauntlet.
The companies will need to secure the blessing of the Federal
Communications Commission, as well as an antitrust sign-off from
either the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission.
International regulators will also likely weigh in."