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Sen. Franken Calls for Title II-Like Assault on Comcast/TWC

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has suggested the same activism that helped turn the FCC toward Title II reclassification of the Internet can be used to thwart the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

In a column for TechCrunch, Franken, arguably Congress' most vocal critic of the deal, was responding to a report by Bloomberg that DoJ officials were leaning against approving the deal. Bloomberg has had run-ins with Comcast over its last deal — with NBCU — and the news neighborhooding condition Bloomberg argued Comcast had not adhered to in its channel placement of Bloomberg TV in some markets.

Franken pointed to that issue in his column.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.