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Continuing a Conversation About the FCC’s Merger Review Process

March 17, 2011 - 01:55 PM

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Six weeks after the FCC completed its high profile review of the Comcast/NBCU transaction, Commissioner Meredith Baker (no relation) suggested that the agency’s transaction review process should be overhauled. I have been involved in merger reviews on both sides of the table for most of my career — working with private parties advocating or questioning deals, and at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice as well as the FCC — putting me in a unique position to address some of the issues that Commissioner Baker raised.

To provide context, I want to begin with what the FCC accomplished in terms of process during its Comcast/NBCU review:

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