US Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) is urging government regulators to examine Comcast’s contract negotiations with small programmers as they review Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
Cárdenas outlined his concerns in a letter he plans to send to Attorney General Eric Holder and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Cárdenas sent a draft of the letter to all members of the House of Representatives today, urging them to co-sign it before he sends it to Holder and Wheeler later this week.
Cárdenas’s interest was sparked by a dispute between Comcast and Estrella TV, a Spanish-language station that is demanding payment from Comcast. Cárdenas said in his letter to Holder and Wheeler that he does not intend to “tak[e] sides in the current contractual dispute.” However, he said antitrust regulators should examine whether Comcast’s increased size would give it too much power over small programmers.
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