Comcast Settles With FCC for $225K

Oct 22, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that Comcast has agreed to pay $225,000 as part of a consent decree ending an investigation into whether the company violated the agency’s public file regulations last year.

The investigation was spurred by a complaint from the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The unions alleged that Comcast ran afoul of agency regulations by unduly limiting public access to such information as political broadcasting requests and the amount of time devoted to children’s programming.

In a statement in the wake of the FCC’s announcement, the unions said the consent decree allows Comcast to “sidestep its obligations to the public,” adding that they are considering an appeal.

Said a Comcast spokesperson: “We agreed to an improved compliance plan, which renews our commitment to ensure that our public files contain all required information and are accessible to the public.”