Let the games begin: Comcast files, hearings tomorrow

Tom Paine

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Comcast today filed, along with its intended merger partner Time Warner Cable, their joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC, as well as a post under EVP David Cohen's name on Comcast's corporate website. This is in advance of tomorrow's hearings in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cohen also expanded upon Comcast's arguments for the merger in a morning press call.

The Judiciary Committee will hear tomorrow from Cohen and Time Warner Cable Executive Vice President Arthur Minson.

A separate panel will include Gene Kimmelman, President And CEO, Public Knowledge, who was at the Justice Department's Antitrust Division when it approved the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal and stopped AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA.

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Also on that panel will be Christopher S. Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor Of Law, Communication, And Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania Law School. According to his Penn bio, Yoo "has emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on law and technology. His research focuses on how the principles of network engineering and the economics of imperfect competition can provide insights into the regulation of electronic communications. He has been a leading voice in the 'network neutrality' debate that has dominated Internet policy over the past several years."

While congressional hearing schedules can sometimes be fluid, this one is scheduled to begin at 10am. The hearings are being streamed here.

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