Small cable operators are vowing to seek major conditions before Comcast and NBC Universal can proceed with their merger, TheWrap.com reports.
The American Cable Association (ACA), a trade group for smaller cable systems, is concerned the merger will put them at a disadvantage in negotiations. According to the article, many smaller cable operators now feel they pay unfair prices to retransmit TV networks versus what larger systems pay.
“Over the next year ACA will play a leadership role in the fight for fairness and appropriate conditions on the Comcast-NBCU merger,” said ACA Chairman Steve Friedman. “Without reasonable regulatory constraints, this integration of NBCU with the programming of Comcast is a threat to consumers and competition.”
Furthermore, the ACA has had meetings both with Comcast and staff members at the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, B&C reports. The meetings with the FCC and Justice staffers were set up with the goal of letting them know the ACA’s views, while the Comcast meetings were cordial, without anything being promised or decided, the B&C article says.