As Regulatory Approval Nears for Comcast-NBCU Deal, Last-Minute Lobbying Heats Up

Jan 11, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A flurry of last-minute lobbying by those in favor of Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal and those against it is taking place just as the deal is about to receive regulatory approval, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts last week met with Republican Federal Communication Commission commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker as well as Edward Lazarus, the chief of staff for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the story says.

During the same week, 97 members of Congress sent the FCC a letter asking the agency to approve the deal so that "all Americans can reap the benefits of this transaction as quickly as possible," the piece notes.

Competitors also made last-minute lobbying efforts, with DirecTV lobbying for conditions on how Comcast negotiates programming agreements with rival distributors and Tennis Channel again arguing that the merger would be bad for smaller cable networks, the article notes.

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