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Upton Calls for Quick NBC-Comcast Ruling

Incoming Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton urged the FCC to impose few or no restrictions on the proposed joint venture between NBC and Comcast.

In a letter sent to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Friday, Upton, R-Mich., warned against partisan influences on the approval process and said further delay would cause economic uncertainty.

"Failing to remain focused on issues directly related to this transaction would create uncertainty for future business transactions, and harm investment and innovation..." Upton wrote. "I will be troubled if it appears that the Commission is using this transaction to accomplish broader, partisan objectives that it does not have the policy support to impose industry-wide."

Over the weekend a letter from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., surfaced in which he warns Genachowski that the deal could hurt consumers, contrasting with Upton's more rosy view of the proposal.

In his letter, Upton went on to say voters want "investment and innovation, and they do not support interventionist government policies." He urged the FCC to rule on the joint venture by the end of the month.

Read Upton's full letter here.

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