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In a 4-1 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal, creating an unprecedented powerhouse in the entertainment industry. Democratic commissioner Michael Copps dissented, expressing his fears that the merger granted too much power to one company: “The Comcast-NBCU joint venture opens the door to the cable-ization of the open Internet. The potential for walled gardens, toll booths, content prioritization, access fees to reach end users, and a stake in the heart of independent content production is now very real.” The Justice Department, which is also investigating the merger, is also expected to approve the deal.

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