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Franken questions CEOs on proposed Comcast/NBC mega-merger

Sen. Al Franken questions Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker during a hearing on the proposed $30 billion merger between cable giant Comcast and NBC. Sen.

Sen. Al Franken questions Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker during a hearing on the proposed $30 billion merger between cable giant Comcast and NBC. Sen. Franken said Roberts had assured him in his office that consumers will continue to have access to variety of programs after the merger because FCC rules safeguard against and forbid discrimination of other companies’ programs.

Franken then points to a Comcast contradiction where it had argued that these same FCC rules should not be followed. “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,” Franken said.

Roberts said that perhaps he was confused when they’d spoken previously.