Policy Watch: Eyes on NBCU & Title II
The proposed Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) takeover of NBC Universal looms large in this edition of Policy Watch. But don't worry, there's some Federal Communications Commission (FCC) excitement too.
The Associated Press points out that Comcast executive VP David Cohen served as chief of staff to Rendell from 1992 to 1997, when Rendell was mayor of Philly.
The agency is pursuing a reclassification of its authority over broadband, a "third way" other than defining a service as an information service (Title I) or a telecom service (Title II). This is all coming down as the FCC looks to push through its far-reaching National Broadband Plan. (See FCC Declares War on Broadband and Net Neutrality Ruling: FCC Loses, Comcast Wins.)
Among the NOI's questions: whether the current Title I (information service) classification is sufficient, what the legal and practical consequences might be if the FCC's broadband authority went full Title II, and the potential ramifications for the FCC's proposed third way, which would resemble Title II but would not enforce all of the components found under a Title II regime.
Comcast is already upset about any Title II talk, with its CFO telling the Barclay's crowd that heavy regulatory restrictions could curb the MSO's infrastructure investments.
Here's a bit more to chew on from the regulatory world:
- FCC NOI to Explore Agency's Broadband Authority
- ACA: Apply Conditions on Comcast-NBCU Deal
- FCC Issues Media Ownership NOI
- Pole Vaulting
- NCTA Likes Pole Attachment Order
- ACA Seeks FCC's Help on TV Fees
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable