Comcast Fighting Back Against Bloomberg Complaint

Jul 28, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Comcast is asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny a complaint from Bloomberg, which last month asked the agency to order Comcast to move Bloomberg into "existing news neighborhoods," reports B&C.

Comcast alleges that Bloomberg is trying to "extract" preferential channel placement from the agency, the story says.

According to the piece, "Comcast says Bloomberg’s complaint was based on an arbitrary and baseless definition of a news neighborhood as four channels out of five [and] was inconsistent with the FCC’s intent to minimize disruption, such as programmers displaced by the Bloomberg version of neighborhooding and Comcast’s customers.”

The piece adds that Comcast is arguing for denial of the Bloomberg complaint “because the condition is prospective while the channel groupings Bloomberg cites were created years before Comcast started negotiating the NBCU deal and, ‘in most cases,’ it says, even before Comcast owned the systems."

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