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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Filed Under: al franken, brian roberts
Companies: comcast, nbc universal

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 5 Feb 2010 @ 7:22pm

    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.

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