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.