Nellie Andreeva

A day after Comcast issued a statement saying that its proposed merger with NBC Universal won’t receive government approval by the end of the year, the company secured a key FCC  vote. The commission’s chairman Julius Genachowski today issued a draft order approving the deal with some conditions and putting it up for vote before the other 4 members.

While Genachowski has concerns over the merger, they were outweighed by the public interest, FCC officials said in a news conference. Still, an approval of the deal by the FCC is expected to come with conditions related to Internet video distribution of the company’s content and fair access to Comcast systems for non-NBCU networks.

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