Bloomberg plans to move forward with its threat to file a complaint later this month with the Federal Communications Commission against Comcast, accusing the cable provider of keeping Bloomberg TV in a bad neighborhood.
Greg Babyak, Bloomberg's head of government affairs,says he is not happy with a letter Comcast sent out Monday to address the spat over where Bloomberg Television appears in Comcast's lineup for subscribers.
Bloomberg accuses Comcast of failing to comply with one of the conditions the FCC imposed when it approved the merger with NBC Universal in January. IComcast was required to include Bloomberg Television in the same "neighborhood" on its cable systems as other news stations, including Comcast's CNBC channel.
Bloomberg says that instead of complying with the order, Comcast is maintaining it does not need to do anything different unless and until it creates new "neighborhoods".
Comcast argues that Bloomberg wrongly assumes it even has neighborhoods for news or business news networks. Comcast says Bloomberg is seeking to enlist the FCC to get it better placement on Comcast's network.
"Nothing in the Comcast letter is new," Babyak said in an interview Tuesday. "It still creates for us a rather straightforward question of whether Comcast intends to comply with the order."
Babyak asks if the FCC fails to enforce such a straightforward condition as this one, how willing will it be to enforce any future merger conditions.
Bloomberg is not the first organization to raise concerns about Comcast's commitment to complying with the merger conditions. The public interest group Free Press issued a report last month that complained that Comcast had done a poor job of complying with its pledge to expand the amount of Spanish language local content.
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