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Consumer Groups Cry Foul on Comcast's NBC Play

Dec 04, 2009, 22:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"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."

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