FCC Chicago Comcast/NBCU forum takes shape


The agenda and roster of participants of the FCC field trip to discuss the pending merger of Comcast and NBCW Universal is now a matter of public record. The two panels will feature regulators, competitors, watchdogs, academics, and a representative of NBC-affiliated stations – and nobody from either Comcast or NBCU.

Here’s the agenda along with the guest list:

1:00 PM: Introduction and Opening Remarks

* Commissioner Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commission

1:15 PM: Panel 1: Online Video Distribution Considerations

* John Flynn, Senior Counsel to the Chairman for Transactions, FCC (Moderator)

* Jeffrey Blum, Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network

* Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo Law School, and Visiting Research Collaborator, Princeton University

* Markham C. Erickson, Partner, Holch & Erickson LLP, and Executive Director, NetCoalition

* Travis Parsons, Senior Director, Business Development, Sezmi

* Josh Silver, President and CEO, Free Press

* Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

* Susan Whiting, Vice Chair, The Nielsen Company

3:00 PM: Break

3:15 PM: Panel 2:  Multichannel Video Programming Distributor Considerations

* William Lake, Chief, Media Bureau, FCC (Moderator)

* Colleen Abdoulah, President and CEO, WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone

* Tyrone Brown, President, Media Access Project

* Brian Lawlor, President-Chairman, NBC Television Affiliates and SVP of Television, The E.W. Scripps Company

* William Rogerson, Professor of Economics, Northwestern University

* Ken Solomon, Chairman & CEO, The Tennis Channel

* James Speta, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law  

5:00 PM: Break

6:00 PM: Public Comments

8:00 PM: Adjournment

RBR-TVBR observation: Hmmmmm. Michael Copps. Anti-consolidation watchdogs. Competitors, many with very specific bones they may wish to pick. This could be a long day for Comcast and NBCU.