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November 8, 2002 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Consumer groups mounted a last-ditch legal effort yesterday to delay Comcast Corp.'s acquisition of AT&T Broadband on its way to becoming the world's largest cable company. The Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, and the Center for Digital Democracy filed an appeal in a federal court in Washington, asking the court to review a ruling made by the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. In that ruling, the FCC denied a request by EarthLink Inc. and several consumer groups to see the details of a confidential Internet-access agreement reached in August by Comcast, AT&T Corp.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition. The rule stops the cable company from owning more than 30 percent of the nation's pay-TV market. Comcast, the nation's No. 1 cable company, controlled about 27 percent of the market when the rule passed. The company's share of the pay-TV market has shrunk slightly, to 26.2 percent, partly because it has lost customers to competitors.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition. The rule stops the cable company from owning more than 30 percent of the nation's pay-TV market. Comcast, the nation's No. 1 cable company, controlled about 27 percent of the market when the rule passed. The company's share of the pay-TV market has shrunk slightly, to 26.2 percent, partly because it has lost customers to competitors.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Officially launching the Washington regulatory review of its $30 billion merger with NBC Universal Inc., Comcast Corp. yesterday filed a 145-page public-interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission, saying the merger would lead to more diverse entertainment choices for consumers, boost local TV news, sharpen competition, and promote "new media" innovation. The Philadelphia company also said it should not have to sell network-owned NBC stations in big TV markets, such as NBC10 in Philadelphia, because other broadcast-TV stations in those cities would compete with Comcast-NBCU.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. sought to bolster the case in Washington for its proposed $30 billion deal for NBC Universal Inc. with two new economic reports. The reports were paid for by Comcast and submitted Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission, which had requested them. Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice declined to say how much the cable giant paid. In one report, Comcast told government regulators that Internet video was a complementary service to traditional cable TV, so the proposed Comcast-NBCU deal would not limit competition.
NEWS
August 29, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a big victory for Comcast Corp. yesterday, a federal appeals court in Washington overturned a regulation that capped the cable giant's business at 30 percent of the pay-TV market. Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett called the decision a "moral" victory for Comcast, which contended that the market-cap rule was politically motivated by the Federal Communications Commission and wouldn't overcome a court challenge. The rule was passed under former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. The court decision could green-light acquisitions at the Philadelphia company, which has been steadily losing cable-TV customers.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2002 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court's decision has encouraged consumer groups who contend that an August deal between Comcast Corp. and AOL Time Warner Inc. will limit consumers' choices of Internet providers and content. The appeals court in Washington issued a schedule this week for an "expedited" review of the consumer groups' bid to uncover details of the confidential Internet-access contract. The Federal Communications Commission had ruled earlier this month that details of the contract could be kept private, saying they were not relevant to Comcast's bid to acquire AT&T Corp.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2006 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies, Sixers and Flyers fans struck out yesterday, but Washington Nationals fans scored a home run after the Federal Communications Commission approved a $17 billion deal for Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc. The FCC decision, which allows Comcast and Time Warner to acquire and split up the assets of bankrupt cable provider Adelphia Communications Corp., came with a few strings. It requires Comcast and Time Warner to share sports programming with competitors, including satellite companies, to ensure competition.
NEWS
January 20, 2011
Federal regulators struck the right balance in setting the terms for Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBC Universal Inc. Consumer groups, cable-industry observers, civil-rights leaders, and a bevy of national and local elected officials agree on that. From a hometown perspective, there's no question the merger is a winner - given Comcast's prominence as a major employer. It's a needed boost to civic pride. Industry insiders at the American Cable Association said the Federal Communications Commission had imposed adequate conditions to address critics' fears that the merger would stifle competition and "dramatically" raise prices for consumers.
NEWS
December 18, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Kevin Martin era at the Federal Communications Commission has ended quietly even before the Obama administration takes over. The Bush appointee and bane of Comcast Corp. canceled today's meeting of the FCC after top Democrats in the House and the Senate told Martin in a letter Friday that he should scale back his priorities. Martin, the letter said, should focus the FCC on the digital, over-the-air TV transition, which is set for Feb. 17. No new FCC meeting has been scheduled, a commission spokesman said yesterday.
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NEWS
January 20, 2011
Federal regulators struck the right balance in setting the terms for Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBC Universal Inc. Consumer groups, cable-industry observers, civil-rights leaders, and a bevy of national and local elected officials agree on that. From a hometown perspective, there's no question the merger is a winner - given Comcast's prominence as a major employer. It's a needed boost to civic pride. Industry insiders at the American Cable Association said the Federal Communications Commission had imposed adequate conditions to address critics' fears that the merger would stifle competition and "dramatically" raise prices for consumers.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. sought to bolster the case in Washington for its proposed $30 billion deal for NBC Universal Inc. with two new economic reports. The reports were paid for by Comcast and submitted Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission, which had requested them. Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice declined to say how much the cable giant paid. In one report, Comcast told government regulators that Internet video was a complementary service to traditional cable TV, so the proposed Comcast-NBCU deal would not limit competition.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Officially launching the Washington regulatory review of its $30 billion merger with NBC Universal Inc., Comcast Corp. yesterday filed a 145-page public-interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission, saying the merger would lead to more diverse entertainment choices for consumers, boost local TV news, sharpen competition, and promote "new media" innovation. The Philadelphia company also said it should not have to sell network-owned NBC stations in big TV markets, such as NBC10 in Philadelphia, because other broadcast-TV stations in those cities would compete with Comcast-NBCU.
NEWS
August 29, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a big victory for Comcast Corp. yesterday, a federal appeals court in Washington overturned a regulation that capped the cable giant's business at 30 percent of the pay-TV market. Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett called the decision a "moral" victory for Comcast, which contended that the market-cap rule was politically motivated by the Federal Communications Commission and wouldn't overcome a court challenge. The rule was passed under former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. The court decision could green-light acquisitions at the Philadelphia company, which has been steadily losing cable-TV customers.
NEWS
December 18, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Kevin Martin era at the Federal Communications Commission has ended quietly even before the Obama administration takes over. The Bush appointee and bane of Comcast Corp. canceled today's meeting of the FCC after top Democrats in the House and the Senate told Martin in a letter Friday that he should scale back his priorities. Martin, the letter said, should focus the FCC on the digital, over-the-air TV transition, which is set for Feb. 17. No new FCC meeting has been scheduled, a commission spokesman said yesterday.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition. The rule stops the cable company from owning more than 30 percent of the nation's pay-TV market. Comcast, the nation's No. 1 cable company, controlled about 27 percent of the market when the rule passed. The company's share of the pay-TV market has shrunk slightly, to 26.2 percent, partly because it has lost customers to competitors.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition. The rule stops the cable company from owning more than 30 percent of the nation's pay-TV market. Comcast, the nation's No. 1 cable company, controlled about 27 percent of the market when the rule passed. The company's share of the pay-TV market has shrunk slightly, to 26.2 percent, partly because it has lost customers to competitors.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2006 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies, Sixers and Flyers fans struck out yesterday, but Washington Nationals fans scored a home run after the Federal Communications Commission approved a $17 billion deal for Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc. The FCC decision, which allows Comcast and Time Warner to acquire and split up the assets of bankrupt cable provider Adelphia Communications Corp., came with a few strings. It requires Comcast and Time Warner to share sports programming with competitors, including satellite companies, to ensure competition.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2002 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court's decision has encouraged consumer groups who contend that an August deal between Comcast Corp. and AOL Time Warner Inc. will limit consumers' choices of Internet providers and content. The appeals court in Washington issued a schedule this week for an "expedited" review of the consumer groups' bid to uncover details of the confidential Internet-access contract. The Federal Communications Commission had ruled earlier this month that details of the contract could be kept private, saying they were not relevant to Comcast's bid to acquire AT&T Corp.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2002 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Consumer groups mounted a last-ditch legal effort yesterday to delay Comcast Corp.'s acquisition of AT&T Broadband on its way to becoming the world's largest cable company. The Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, and the Center for Digital Democracy filed an appeal in a federal court in Washington, asking the court to review a ruling made by the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. In that ruling, the FCC denied a request by EarthLink Inc. and several consumer groups to see the details of a confidential Internet-access agreement reached in August by Comcast, AT&T Corp.
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