At Comcast, public policy issues affect our customers, our employees and our business every day. Traditional regulation and legislation are moving to keep up with the new reality of media and communications available across multiple platforms, on multiple devices — from traditional broadcast and cable, to delivery over the Internet and wireless. Each of the markets in which we operate is highly competitive.
Comcast’s primary businesses are closely regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and all our companies are subject to general business oversight from government entities including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as other federal, state and local regulatory and legislative entities.
We actively and positively work with policymakers, regulatory agencies and legislatures to show the real-world implications of public policy on consumers and on business.
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures face approvals by government entities including the U.S. Department of Justice, the FTC and the FCC. Some transactions, like the Joint Venture between Comcast and GE for NBCUniversal and Comcast’s sale of wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless, require detailed Public Interest Statements and other filings. Key documents from historic and current transactions, including required follow-up reports and filings, can be found in this section.
Video and Broadcast
Public policy issues affect the creation and distribution
of video content from movies to cable and broadcast networks. Key issues
include broadcast retransmission consent, media ownership, program access,
program carriage and how programs are carried across multiple platforms. The piracy of video content is a significant
issue, costing the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs
every year. Key filings, economic
reports and other data related to these issues can be found here.
The public Internet is an incredible resource, a driver of
economic growth and jobs and powerful new distribution mechanism. The evolving Internet requires fresh
thinking about issues such cybersecurity, piracy, privacy, network management,
Internet governance as well as broadband investment and the digital
divide. Comcast’s Internet Essentials
program seeks to close the digital divide for low income populations.
As the nation’s fourth largest phone company, Comcast
provides a 21st century digital voice product in a world of
crisscrossing federal and local regulations implemented over decades. We are
actively involved in debates on issues like the Universal Service Fund and
Internet Protocol voice delivery.