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FCC Chairman Wants to Put Conditions on Comcast-NBC Merger LA Times

Comcast's goal of getting government approval for its $30 billion merger with NBC Universal got a boost when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed to approve the deal--as long as the companies agree to conditions, the Los Angeles Times' Joe Flint and Meg James report.

Genachowski on Thursday circulated a proposed order to approve the deal to the four other FCC commissioners, who will review the proposal and vote on it in the next few weeks, the story notes. His proposed conditions would aim to keep Comcast from favoring its own content over that of competitors and would make it tough for the cable giant to keep its content from rivals, the story notes.

The conditions would apply only to Comcast, and not the industry as a whole. One requirement would force Comcast to provide programming to an online video service if competitors such as ABC or Fox were also providing content, the story says.