FCC names TWC-Comcast review board
Michelle Clancy
US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is officially beginning its review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, with the appointment of the regulatory body's official review board.

Members include FCC head counsel Jon Sallet along with William Lake, chief of the Media Bureau; Mindel de la Torre, chief of the International Bureau; Julie Veach, chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau; and Roger Sherman, chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. It will also include William Rogerson, the economics chair at Northwestern University (who opposed the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger); Jamillia Ferris, who was chief of staff in the Justice Department's antitrust division during the first Obama administration; and Northwestern Kellogg School of Management professor Shane Greenstein, who specialises in communications. Rogerson and Ferris will also be involved in the AT&T-DirecTV merger review, the FCC said.

If given the green light, the combined company would have 29.1 million home video customers, 27.9 million residential fixed broadband subscribers and 13.4 million residential voice customers. Charter Communications will acquire 1.4 million Time Warner Cable subscribers; and another 2.5 million Comcast subscribers will become part of a spin-off company controlled by Charter.

The Justice Department will also have to approve the merger.