Cohen is Comcast's top lobbyist and helped
orchestrate the cable company's landmark acquisition of NBC
Universal in 2011.
Comcast's proposed merger is subject to approval by the Justice
Department, the antitrust regulator, and the Federal
Communications Commission, which reviews whether deals are in
the public interest. The two reviews will be launched after
Comcast formally informs the agencies about the merger plans.
The filing with the federal antitrust regulators is now expected
early next week, and the filing with the FCC early the following
week ahead of the hearing, said Comcast spokeswoman Sena
The scope of Comcast's proposed deal with Time Warner Cable has
concerns among consumer advocates, although the cable provider
has pledged to divest 3 million subscribers, so the combined
customer base of 30 million would represent just under 30
percent of the U.S. pay television video market. A combined
company would also have roughly one-third of the high-speed
Comcast has said that its purchase of Time Warner Cable would
not take away any existing choices from consumers, and would
instead lead to faster broadband speeds and serve businesses
(Reporting by Alina Selyukh; editing by Chris Reese and Andre Grenon)
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