Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and
51 other lawmakers, including members of the Congressional Black
Caucus, are pressing the FCC to ensure that upcoming mergers include
"enforceable commitments" to boost media ownership, programming,
advertising and other opportunities for women and minorities.
letter cited the proposed mergers of Time Warner Cable and Comcast, and
of AT&T and DirecTV, as well as "the imminent announcement" of
Sprint's merger with T-Mobile. The FCC's merger reviews examine whether
the transactions are in the public interest.