Washington – Comcast (NASD: CMCSA) would be compelled to provide TV shows
to rival online services, and agree be bound by open Internet conditions for a
period of seven years in order to win approval of its merger with NBC (NYSE: GE) from the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Bloomberg reported, citing people
familiar with the matter.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly listed the
requirements during a meeting on Dec. 23, in which he urged fellow FCC
commissioners to approve the deal should Comcast meet the requirements.
would reportedly be required to adhere to open Internet standards — such as
not blocking or placing caps on Internet content or usage — regardless of
whether such regulations are imposed more broadly.