Getting down to it: Regulators lay out conditions for Comcast-NBCU

Time may be running out for Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) to conclude its NBC Universal acquisition by the end of the year, but signs are that federal regulators are getting down to the nitty-gritty of what, exactly, Comcast will have to do to make the deal happen and, with the right set of concessions, the clock might start moving faster.

Reports say that the FCC has been stepping up its pace and will move even faster if Comcast volunteers some conditions for approving the deal. Among these, of course, are how Comcast will share the wealth of its new content portfolio with competitors and even over-the-top providers,

Comcast's unwillingness to share, reports say, could be a sticking point in the negotiations. Comcast executives have publicly said they shouldn't be singled out with net neutrality rules or Internet TV program access rules that don't apply to other providers. The FCC, on the other hand, is treading carefully in light of voluble public opposition to the deal.

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