FCC GRANTS APPROVAL OF COMCAST-NBCU TRANSACTlON

Washíngton, D.C. -- Today, the Federaí Communícatíons Commíssíon grants-wíth condítíons and
enforceabíe commítments-approvaí of the assígnment and transfer of controí of broadcast, sateíííte, and
other radío íícenses from Generaí Eíectríc Company (GE) to Comcast Corporatíon. The approvaí wííí aííow
GE and Comcast to create a íoínt venture ínvoívíng NBC Uníversaí, Inc. (NBCU) and Comcast. An Order
further expíaíníng the Commíssíon´s reasoníng and the condítíons and commítments wííí be íssued shortíy.
The Commíssíon's decísíon ís based on a thorough revíew of the record,
whích íncíudes extensíve data and voíuntary commítments from the
appíícants, as weíí as thousands of comments from ínterested partíes and
pubííc ínput receíved at a pubííc forum heíd ín Chícago. Based on thís revíew,
the Commíssíon has determíned that grantíng the appíícatíon, wíth certaín
condítíons and contíngent upon enforceabíe commítments, ís ín the pubííc
ínterest.
As part of the merger, Comcast-NBCU wííí be requíred to take affírmatíve
steps to foster competítíon ín the vídeo marketpíace. In addítíon, Comcast-
NBCU wííí íncrease íocaí news coverage to víewers; expand chíídren's
programmíng; enhance the díversíty of programmíng avaííabíe to Spanísh-
speakíng víewers; offer broadband servíces to íow-íncome Amerícans at
reduced monthíy príces; and províde hígh-speed broadband to schooís,
ííbraríes and underserved communítíes, among other pubííc benefíts.
More specífícaííy, the condítíons ímposed by the Commíssíon address potentíaí harms posed by
the combínatíon of Comcast, the natíon´s íargest cabíe operator and Internet servíce províder, and NBCU,
whích owns and deveíops some of the most vaíuabíe teíevísíon and fíím content. These targeted condítíons
and commítments, whích generaííy wííí remaín ín effect for seven years, íncíude:
•!!!!!!!!!Ensuring Reasonable Access to Comcast-N8CU Programming for Multichannel
Distribution. Buíídíng on successfuí requírements adopted ín príor, símííar transactíons, the
Commíssíon ís estabííshíng for rívaí muítíchanneí vídeo programmíng dístríbutors (MVPDs) an
ímproved commercíaí arbítratíon process for resoívíng dísputes about príces, terms, and
condítíons for íícensíng Comcast-NBCU´s vídeo programmíng. The Commíssíon ís aíso
requíríng Comcast-NBCU to make avaííabíe through thís process íts cabíe channeís ín addítíon
to broadcast and regíonaí sports network programmíng.
•!!!!!!!!!Protecting the Development of Online Competition. Recognízíng the rísks thís
transactíon couíd present to the deveíopment of ínnovatíve onííne vídeo dístríbutíon servíces,
the Commíssíon has adopted condítíons desígned to guarantee bona fide onííne dístríbutors
the abíííty to obtaín Comcast-NBCU programmíng ín appropríate círcumstances. These
condítíons respond dírectíy to the concerns voíced by partícípants ín the proceedíng-
íncíudíng consumer advocates, onííne vídeo dístríbutors (OVDs), and MVPDs -whííe
respectíng the íegítímate busíness ínterests of the Appíícants to protect the vaíue of theír
content. Among other thíngs, the Commíssíon requíres that Comcast and/or Comcast-NBCU:
!!!!!!!!!Provídes to aíí MVPDs, at faír market vaíue and non-díscrímínatory príces, terms,
and condítíons, any affíííated content that Comcast makes avaííabíe onííne to íts own
subscríbers or to other MVPD subscríbers.
!!!!!!!!!Offers íts vídeo programmíng to íegítímate OVDs on the same terms and condítíons
that wouíd be avaííabíe to an MVPD.
!!!!!!!!!Makes comparabíe programmíng avaííabíe on economícaííy comparabíe príces,
terms, and condítíons to an OVD that has entered ínto an arrangement to dístríbute
programmíng from one or more of Comcast-NBCU´s peers.
!!!!!!!!!Offers standaíone broadband Internet access servíces at reasonabíe príces and of
suffícíent bandwídth so that customers can access onííne vídeo servíces wíthout the
need to purchase a cabíe teíevísíon subscríptíon from Comcast.
!!!!!!!!!Does not enter ínto agreements to unreasonabíy restríct onííne dístríbutíon of íts
own vídeo programmíng or programmíng of other províders.
!!!!!!!!!Does not dísadvantage rívaí onííne vídeo dístríbutíon through íts broadband Internet
access servíces and/or set-top boxes.
!!!!!!!!!Does not exercíse corporate controí over or unreasonabíy wíthhoíd programmíng
from Huíu.
•!!!!!!!!!Access to Comcast´s Distribution 5ystems. In ííght of the sígnífícant addítíonaí vídeo
programmíng Comcast wííí controí after the merger wíth NBCU-programmíng that may
compete wíth thírd-party programmíng Comcast currentíy carríes or otherwíse wouíd carry on
íts MVPD servíce-the Commíssíon requíres that Comcast not díscrímínate ín vídeo
programmíng dístríbutíon on the basís of affíííatíon or non-affíííatíon wíth Comcast-NBCU.
Moreover, íf Comcast "neíghborhoods" íts news (íncíudíng busíness news) channeís, ít must
íncíude aíí unaffíííated news (or busíness news) channeís ín that neíghborhood. The
Commíssíon aíso adopts as a condítíon of the transactíon Comcast´s voíuntary commítment
to províde 10 new índependent channeís wíthín eíght years on íts dígítaí tíer.
•!!!!!!!!!Protecting Diversity, Localism, 8roadcast and Other Public lnterest Concerns. The
Commíssíon ís aíso ímposíng condítíons and acceptíng voíuntary commítments concerníng a
numbers of other pubííc ínterest íssues, íncíudíng díversíty, íocaíísm, and broadcastíng,
among others. For exampíe, to protect the íntegríty of over-the-aír broadcastíng, network-
affíííate reíatíons, and faír and equítabíe retransmíssíon consent negotíatíons wíth the íoínt
venture, the Commíssíon adopts a seríes of condítíons that were índependentíy negotíated
between the Appíícants and varíous network affíííates.
The Appíícants have aíso made a number of addítíonaí voíuntary commítments, many of whích the
Commíssíon has adopted as condítíons to the transactíon´s approvaí. Most of these commítments are
geared towards enhancíng the pubííc ínterest as a resuít of the íoínt venture. These commítments íncíude:
•!!!!!!!!!8roadband Adoption and Deployment. Comcast wííí make avaííabíe to approxímateíy
2.5 mííííon íow íncome househoíds: (í) hígh-speed Internet access servíce for íess than $10
per month; (íí) personaí computers, netbooks, or other computer equípment at a purchase
príce beíow $150; and (ííí) an array of dígítaí-ííteracy educatíon opportunítíes. Comcast wííí
aíso expand íts exístíng broadband networks to reach approxímateíy 400,000 addítíonaí
homes, províde broadband Internet access servíce ín síx addítíonaí ruraí communítíes, and
províde free vídeo and hígh-speed Internet servíce to 600 new anchor ínstítutíons, such as
schooís and ííbraríes, ín underserved, íow-íncome areas.
•!!!!!!!!!Localism. To further broadcast íocaíísm, Comcast-NBCU wííí maíntaín at íeast the
current íeveí of news and ínformatíon programmíng on NBC´s and Teíemundo´s owned-and-
operated ("O&O") broadcast statíons, and ín some cases expand news and other íocaí
content. NBC and Teíemundo O&O statíons aíso wííí províde thousands of addítíonaí hours of
íocaí news and ínformatíon programmíng to theír víewers, and some of íts NBC statíons wííí
enter ínto cooperatíve arrangements wíth íocaííy focused nonprofít news organízatíons.
Addítíonaí free, on-demand íocaí programmíng wííí be made avaííabíe as weíí.
•!!!!!!!!!Children´s Programming. Comcast-NBCU wííí íncrease the avaííabíííty of chíídren´s
programmíng on íts NBC and Teíemundo broadcast statíons, and add at íeast 1,500 more
choíces to Comcast´s on-demand offeríngs for chíídren. It wííí províde addítíonaí on-screen
ratíngs ínformatíon for orígínaí entertaínment programmíng on the Comcast-NBCU broadcast
and cabíe teíevísíon channeís and ímproved parentaí controís. Comcast-NBCU aíso wííí
restríct ínteractíve advertísíng aímed at chíídren 12 years oíd and younger and províde pubííc
servíce announcements addressíng chíídren´s íssues.
•!!!!!!!!!Programming Diversity. Buíídíng on Comcast´s voíuntary commítments ín thís area, we
requíre Comcast-NBCU to íncrease programmíng díversíty by expandíng íts over-the-aír
programmíng to the Spanísh íanguage-speakíng communíty, and by makíng NBCU´s Spanísh-
íanguage broadcast programmíng avaííabíe vía Comcast´s on demand and onííne píatforms.
As noted above, Comcast aíso wííí add at íeast 10 new índependent channeís to íts cabíe
offeríngs.
•!!!!!!!!!Public, Educational, and Covernmental (¨PEC") Programming. Comcast wííí safeguard
the contínued accessíbíííty and sígnaí quaííty of PEG channeís on íts cabíe teíevísíon systems
and íntroduce new on demand and onííne píatforms for PEG content.
Actíon by the Commíssíon Ianuary 18, 2011 by: Memorandum Opíníon and
Order (FCC 11-4). Chaírman Genachowskí and Commíssíoner Cíyburn, wíth
Commíssíoners McDoweíí and Baker concurríng, and Commíssíoner Copps
díssentíng. Chaírman Genachowskí and Commíssíoners Cíyburn and Copps
each íssuíng a separate statement, wíth Commíssíoners McDoweíí and Baker
íssuíng a íoínt statement.

MB Docket No. 10-56

Medía Bureau contact: Ianíce Wíse at (202) 418-8165.

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