FCC piles online restrictions onto Comcast-NBCU

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) must really, really want NBC Universal. The nation's top MSO has been wrangling and conceding for over a year and even now, as it wends its way to final approval from the FCC, faces even more stringent conditions.

According to reports, the FCC is studying conditions that would require Comcast to provide TV programs to online competitors, refrain from interfering with subscribers' Web traffic and be bound by open Internet conditions for seven years no matter what happens with the FCC's own net neutrality rules.

While ever-busy Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice declined to comment on the reports, Comcast EVP David Cohen blogged that the deal is entering "the final days of this government review process." He must know something more than what's been publicly announced (and who doesn't?) because the FCC hasn't yet set a date to vote on the conditions that Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed late last year.

For more:
- see this story

Related articles:
FCC demands more from Comcast, NBCU
ACA Study: Consumers to pay $2.4 billion more if Comcast gets NBCU
Comcast enlists Congress' support for NBCU deal

Suggested Articles

Comcast NBCUniversal has 11 new media and entertainment startups, including facial recognition and interactive sports tech companies, picked for its second…

Harmonic got a big boost for its CableOS virtual converged cable access platform (CCAP) after Comcast this week signed a licensing deal worth $175 million.

TiVo has entered into a multiyear extension of its agreement with Canadian operator Shaw Communications for TiVo’s i-Guide and its intellectual property…