This rendition of Policy Watch does toss in a few more nuggets on that big deal, but we've also got some other updates to share on the network neutrality and must-carry fronts.
Franken, whose claim to fame is partly linked to his time as a regular at NBC's long-running Saturday Night Live back in the day, isn't convinced that Comcast and NBC will live up to all the commitments they've voluntarily attached to the deal.
"You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t trust these promises, and that is from experience in this business," Franken said, later accusing NBC of a "routine practice" of demanding at least partial ownership of the shows it airs.
The ACA claims that the modified structuring would tilt things in favor of rural phone and satellite companies, making it even harder for its MSO members to receive funding for last-mile broadband projects. Among specific complaints, the ACA says $100 million in grants are already set aside for satellite broadband projects, and there's a preference for historic borrowers, which tend to be of the telco variety.
The ACA is springing to action after 80 of its members applied for funding in the early going, but only one was granted. (See Recovery Act: Cable Shortchanged.)
Specifically, he acknowledged that the White House is "getting pushback" from some bigger carriers on the subject. Here's the clip of what he had to say about it:
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