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FCC Will Combine Comcast, Charter Deals In Same Docket

Comcast’s spin-off of systems to Charter, which is contingent on FCC approval of the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, will be folded into the existing docket (docket number 14-57) for the latter deal, according to an FCC source.

The FCC is still waiting for Comcast to file its application for the Charter systems ( the “divestiture transaction”) and public interest filings, after which it will make sure those contain the need info, then issue a public notice establishing that the deals have been combined into a single docket.

The commission anticipates a three-part pleading cycle with three due dates—one for comments and petitions to deny the deal, one for responses to comments and oppositions to the aforementioned petitions, and a third for responses and oppositions.

The Charter system spin-off/trade is a complicated deal, so don't look for that filing for at least a few weeks.