FCC's Baker questions agency's power in Comcast approval process

FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican, actually considered voting against approving Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) NBC Universal acquisition because she thought the deal's conditions were excessive.

Baker appeared on C-Span to flesh out her views on the merger. Primarily, she seemed concerned about conditions on the deal that seemed to cross into spaces where the FCC should not be treading, such as the requirement that Comcast build out broadband to 400,000 new households.

"It seems to me that nowhere is there a nexus between a merger between a programmer and a distributor that causes us to force them to build out broadband to households," she said.

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