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FCC Hits the Pause Button on Comcast-NBCU Deal Review

Apr 19, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission has suspended its 180-day "shot clock" on its merger review of the Comcast-NBCU deal to give more time for public comment, B&C reports.

The decision to delay the process comes after the companies said they wouldn’t be able to file two additional economic reports until almost the May 3 deadline for public comments. The FCC now will give the public 45 days to respond after it has received the extra reports, which will focus on the $30 billion joint venture’s claimed economic benefits and how it will impact online video distribution.

In the end, the FCC’s request for the reports has ultimately achieved a goal held by several groups led by the Media Access Project: more comment time, the article points out. The FCC had previously denied a request from the MAP to extend the deadline.

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