FCC to delay Comcast-TWC merger decision after receiving 31,000 new documents

24 Dec 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has pushed back its informal deadline for the completion of its review of Comcast’s proposed USD45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC) by three weeks, Reuters reports. According to the news agency, FCC officials need time to review in excess of 31,000 supporting documents that TWC has submitted this week. The three-week delay, which will conclude on 12 January, follows a previous ‘pause’ between October and December as the agency awaited documents and heard objections from video providers over the disclosure of confidential contracts. In an emailed statement to Reuters, TWC spokesman Bobby Amirshahi noted: ‘Today’s delay is a procedural issue, not a substantive one. We already have provided the FCC more than five million pages of documents and we will continue to provide the FCC everything that they need.’

United States, Comcast Corp (Xfinity, incl. Xfinity Mobile), Time Warner Cable (Spectrum)