Vermont’s Independent Senator Asks the FCC to Block the Comcast-NBCU Merger

Nov 16, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, has written a letter to the Federal Communications Commission’s five commissioners in which he asks them to block the NBC Universal-Comcast merger,reports Bill Carter in the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

"The sale of NBCU to Comcast would create an enormously powerful, vertically integrated media conglomerate, causing irreparable damage to the American media landscape and ultimately to society as a whole," Sanders wrote. The merger would lead to higher costs for consumers and limit diversity in the media, Sanders charged.

He also suggested that Comcast had doubled its political campaign contributions to help sway Congressional support for the deal, the story notes. Many of Sanders’ concerns echo those of consumer advocates.

The deal is expected to win approval, albeit with some conditions, the story notes.


  1. The arm twisting, and money passing (in many forms) to drive this deal through is second-to-none. It should NOT happen. It’s all about money and control issues again in the hands of the few to manipulate the rest. If, as it appears it will, this goes through, every “elected” position holder involved should be targeted for voter defeat on their next election, period.
    Peter Bright

  2. The Comcast merger with NBCU is going to set a terrible precedent and viewers will be hurt. With control of major sporting events like the Olympics and NFL Football, COmcast will have a tremendous ability to hold their competitors feet to the fire in negotiations. Look at how they manhandled DirecTV over Hockey through versus renewal contract last year. DirecTV owners missed almost the entire Regular season.

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