Rep. Maxine Waters Calls Comcast-NBCU Merger Conditions ‘Meaningless’

Waters says companies had already offered or agreed to conditions imposed by federal regulators

Last Updated: January 25, 2011 @ 7:54 PM

Rep. Maxine Waters ripped Comcast's acquisition of NBC-Universal, calling the terms imposed on the merger by federal regulators "meaningless."

Both the Department of Justice and Federal Commuications Commission approved the merger last week, but with conditions. Waters said in a statement that there was nothing in those conditions that the companies had not agreed to or offered during the federal review process.

"I remain deeply concerned about the implications of such a massive merger on our nation’s media landscape and the Commission’s diminishing capacity to fulfill its statutory goals," she said.

Waters, a Los Angeles Democrat, has been one of the most peristent critics of the merger, which is expected to close Friday.

A Comcast rep referred TheWrap to a blog posting about praise for the merger agreement and said Comcast was "gratified by the support of so many Members of Congress and national diversity organizations like the NAACP and La Raza."

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