Here's a brief rundown of who said what during this round.
Comcast, meanwhile, offered a warning that some competitors and programmers "appear to be attempting to use the transaction review process as an opportunity to seek advantages and concessions outside of marketplace negotiations. We believe these efforts should be rejected."
Comcast is also downplaying the sheer size of the deal, pointing out that the combined company will have a 13 percent share of total advertising and affiliate revenues -- still behind Disney/ABC, Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), and Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA), and roughly the same size as News Corp. (NYSE: NWS)'s video content assets.
And, perhaps with the aim of keeping conditions on the deal at a minimum, Comcast added that the proposed merger with NBCU isn't among the top five telecom/media deals reviewed by the government. As a recap, the top five such combos are: AOL/Time Warner ($165 billion); AT&T/Bell South ($67 billion); SBC/Ameritech ($62 billion); AT&T/MediaOne ($58 billion); and Bell Atlantic/GTE ($53 billion).
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable