Kang, Samuel S.

Samuel S. Kang is general counsel at The Greenlining Institute.

The Comcast-NBC Merger: What Now?

By Samuel S. Kang
Greenlining Institute

The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice recently moved to allow Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal, despite the concerns raised by many organizations and individuals. The good news is that we won important concessions, but serious concerns remain.

This merger results in the consolidation of the nation’s largest cable company and broadband subscriber, Comcast, with the nation’s oldest broadcast network, NBC.  For many reasons, this is a merger unlike any other.  In his lone dissenting vote, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps put it simply, “Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal is a transaction like no other that has come before this Commission—ever.”