Commerce chairman Upton urges FCC to move ahead with Comcast-NBCU merger decision

New House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton has added to the list of those writing non-holiday greeting letters to the FCC. In his missive, Upton, a Republican from Michigan, told the Commission to hurry up and do something about Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) bid to acquire NBC Universal "before the end of this calendar year."

Upton's letter took issue with "opportunistic competitors" and special interest groups who "come out of the woodwork seeking leverage" in getting conditions attached to the deal.

He also inserted what some might consider a veiled warning to the FCC: "I will look forward to learning what your handling of this transaction says about your commitment to efficient, pro-growth government policies."

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