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The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:
“From the beginning of this process, Public Knowledge’s primary focus has been on the potential for this merger to slow the development of online video as a new choice for consumers. We are pleased that the conditions in this merger, if properly enforced, will allow new online competitors to cable to develop, much as satellite service did in the 1990s.
“We are also pleased that the FCC has committed to consider a notice of proposed rulemaking on program carriage. We look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that independent programmers enjoy the freedom to distribute their programming both online and offline.
“We are also heartened by the commitment to increased broadband deployment at stable rates. We were pleased as well to see a commitment to a neutral, non-discriminatory network made part of the agreement, even if a formal Net Neutrality condition was not expressly made part of the agreement. The fact that Comcast signed means, formal or condition or not, that the company will offer an open and non-discriminatory broadband service.
“At the same time, we are disappointed the Commission did not see fit to adopt a requirement that Comcast make its network available on a wholesale basis. As longtime supporters of wholesale access, we believe such a condition would go a long way to help consumers by increasing broadband competition.”