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ACA Statement On Comcast-NBC Universal's Merger Filing At The FCC

PITTSBURGH, January 28, 2010 -- "The American Cable Association intends to scrutinize fully the proposed transaction between Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal and will ask both the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to protect consumers by ensuring that Comcast-NBCU does not have the incentive and ability to engage in anticompetitive conduct that results in higher rates and less choice for consumers," ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "A month ago, Comcast-NBCU pledged to operate in a manner consistent with certain ‘public interest commitments.' Because Comcast and NBCU drafted these public interest commitments on their own, it shouldn't shock anyone that they are totally porous and inadequate. One of the commitments calls for Comcast-NBCU to self-apply the FCC's program access rules to its TV stations. This ‘commitment' isn't without irony, given that Comcast is asking a federal appeals court to tear up those rules and toss them in the wastebasket."



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