More Lawmakers Express Support for Comcast-NBC U Merger

Comcast’s plans to combine with NBC Universal received the backing of 11 more lawmakers from New York’s congressional delegation on Wednesday.

They also urged the FCC to conclude the review process “in a timely manner,” noting that it should “not drag on indefinitely.”

Among those who signed the letter to the FCC are Joseph Crowley, Scott Murphy, Edolphus Towns, Yvette Clarke, Carolyn Maloney, Steve Israel, Mike McMahon, Eliot L. Engel, Michael Acuri, Christopher Lee and Daniel Maffei.

“When any two organizations merge, there are legitimate concerns about media consolidation and diversity,” the lawmakers wrote. “However, through the strict review process in the past year, including the Congressional hearings and FCC oversight, it has become clear in this case that these concerns have been addressed. The proposed Comcast/NBCU has made a number of commitments through which they will maintain diverse content and a diverse workforce.”

Comcast said that 90 members of the House and the Senate have weighed in in support. On the other side, Politico reports, “rough estimates show that at least 11 lawmakers opposed to the merger or are on the fence, while more 60 additional House members question the new venture’s effects on diversity.”

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