Coalition Requests Conditions for Adelphia’s Acquisition

Jan 18, 2006  •  Post A Comment

A coalition that includes satellite TV operators DirecTV and EchoStar Communications announced Tuesday that it is asking the Federal Communications Commission to condition Time Warner and Comcast’s $17.6 billion acquisition of Adelphia Communications to ensure that the giant cable TV operators won’t discriminate against competitors.

According to a coalition spokesman, the group is requesting a condition that would bar Time Warner and Comcast from unreasonably denying independent programming networks access to cable company subscribers. In addition, the spokesman said, coalition members want assurances that programming controlled by Time Warner and Comcast is available on reasonable terms to competing services that deliver programming to subscribers.

The other members of the coalition are the Media Access Project, the Center for Creative Voices in Media, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, The America Channel and RCN Corp.