Comcast CEO Argues Rules Will Protect Customers In Merger, While Comcast Lawyers Argue Rules Are Unconstitutional

from the how-it-works dept

Earlier, we had a story about NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker being caught lying in his Congressional testimony on the Comcast/NBC merger. And a bunch of folks have now been sending in the news of Al Franken blatantly calling Comcast boss Brian Roberts for also being less than honest, specifically about the FCC rules to protect consumers:

“In other words, looking to get approval for this merger, you sat there in my office and told me to my face that these rules would protect consumers but your lawyers had just finished arguing in front of the Commission that it would be unconstitutional to apply these rules.”

You can see the video here:

Of course, this is nothing new for Comcast. It has been playing the same doubletalk game for a while now — always insisting that it shouldn’t be subject to more regulation because the FCC’s rules keep it in line… while at the same time fighting the FCC in court and saying that those rules are unconstitutional.

All that said, I have to say that I’m not particularly concerned about Comcast and NBC merging. I’m all for it. If two companies that poorly run are getting together, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a disaster. We’ve seen this game before, and it was called AOL-Time Warner. While it’s difficult to think that anyone could screw up that badly again, if anyone can, it’s the folks at NBC Universal.

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:) says:

Simple it is not.

I see those kind of merger with great concern.

It is not something people don’t see coming, when those merger happens interests shifts and out come out abuse, lock in and the end of competition, that damages the business ecosystem.

Business with competing interest should not be eligible for mergers it kills the very thing needed for a vibrant environment.

Even when it doesn’t work for the companies the end result is not good.

Brandon (profile) says:

Re: Simple it is not.

I agree. It always seems that even though large mergers like this can (and have) failed, they always seem to set a whole host of issues from regulatory changes to large power voids that seem to be filled up by other monopolies, also it always seems some laws get changed for whatever reason due to either the company itself or as a result of something the company has done.

I’m all for Comcast and NBC going bye-bye. Comcast is in my opinion so big they mis-manage for a while before failure. A quick read around the internet (dsl reports, consumerist) shows many issues with even basic treatment of their customers. In their time before they fail they could easily set various nasty industry-wide practices that become the norm.

I just can’t see it being a good thing.

Anonymous Coward says:

Yes but...

While I think Franken brings up some good points, I surely don’t like his attitude, sitting up there in his high chair. He a likes to ask questions – in fact, he goes on and on after his time is up, talking about the questions he wanted to ask. But he surely does not want answers. He told MrZ “NO” when asked if he could answer the question.

Franken likes to hear himself talk.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Yes but...

I thought the Comcast’s guys attitude was the problem. He talked about their reputation. They’ve scored the silver for worst company in America 2 years running over at the consumerist. So the reputation is bad.

Anyway, Franken’s concerns are extremely valid, and they were never going to answer his questions anyway.

As we routinely see in example after example on this very site, large companies do not want to fight and struggle for survival. They want to cash checks.

Franken explains (and it might be another clip at the same hearing) about his experiences with relaxed regulations and how the entertainment quality (and at NBC profits) have suffered on behalf of it.

Fred McTaker (profile) says:

Bad Precedent

“All that said, I have to say that I’m not particularly concerned about Comcast and NBC merging.”

While I appreciate the humor in the paragraph past this statement, I must disagree with it completely. A NBC-Comcast merger would set a horrible precedent. Just imagine if AT&T and Fox decide to get together! The biggest communications monopoly that ever existed, combined with the biggest monopoly on *making up “facts” to suit an agenda* that ever existed.

I’m already looking for jobs with work visas in Canada. I don’t want to be anywhere near any metropolitan area in U.S.A. when Fox decides WW3 might be good for ratings.

yozoo says:

poorly run?

Im not a big fan of comcast, but to call a company that successful “poorly run”, simply hurts your own credibility. NBC sure, Zucker is maybe the worst CEO in broadcast television history(and NBC has suffored accordingly), but Comcast has enjoyed rediculous success over the last 10 to 20 years. I doubt too many shareholders consider it poorly run.

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