The American Cable Association would like a little more time to wring out its comments to the FCC about the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. With the June 21 deadline for comments looming, the ACA asked for more leeway in providing new arguments or raising new issues based on information the MSO and broadcaster filed June 11.
"The applicants have not produced data and information ... in a format that is easily accessible to parties to the license transfer review proceeding," wrote Barbara Esin, an ACA attorney writing to William Lake, chief of the FCC media bureau in a letter provided for FierceCable.
The FCC has tried to close things up by noting that it would not accept new arguments or listen to new issues past June 21, although comments would be accepted up to 15 days after new facts were submitted. The ACA would like a 60-day window to consider the new information and make its points.
Bloomberg, the parent of Bloomberg TV has also sought an extension on comments as has Free Press policy counsel Corie Wright who, in a letter to the FCC and provided to FierceCable noted, "the Commission must extend significantly the time and opportunity to analyze the data and submit any arguments incorporating this new data into the record."
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