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February 21st, 2014
01:29 PM ET

FCC commissioner weighs in on Comcast -Time Warner merger

(CNN)– Earlier this month, Comcast said it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States.

To date, the merger has not been formally submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.

"We expect it will be soon, and in that event, I and my colleagues will have to review the facts, as presented to us, the opinions people on the outside, ... and reach a judgement," FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Opinions like those of Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota, a critic of the deal who said Comcast did not obey FCC conditions when it acquired NBC Universal.

"If they don't comply with the conditions that were put on in the last merger, which was very controversial, why would you necessarily say, 'Okay, well, you didn't comply with those, but we'll go ahead and have you do this,'" Franken told CNN last week.

Though Pai said it is "too preliminary" to express an opinion on the merger, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed he noted he is not exactly a fan of MSNBC programming lately. MSNBC's parent company is Comcast.

Asked if he is concerned that Comcast is not necessarily playing fair, Pai said: "I don't want to extend any opinion as to where the ultimate approval of the merger will come out, so I'll have to refrain on commenting on that one."

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