Comcast Corporation, General Electric Company, and NBC Universal (collectively the “Applicant”) are seeking to merge Comcast’s cable and content holdings with NBC Universal’s vast content library and production facilities into a newly formed joint venture. In order to do so, they must receive approval from the FCC for the transfer of various licenses. However, before the FCC may approve the transaction, the Applicants must have met their burden of showing that the transaction serves the public interest. Applicants have not met this burden because they have failed to show that the transaction will promote diversity, localism, and competition.
Until now the Greenlining Institute has stayed neutral in the debate on Proposition 16. However, we have conveyed that our position was neither static nor silent. To the contrary, we have communicated to numerous stakeholders in the Proposition 16 debate that Greenlining had many questions that we needed help answenng.
Dear Mr. Roberts and Mr. Zucker: Since the announcement late last year, the Greenlining Institute has carefully scrutinized the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. Our analysis over the past several months of Comcast’s corporate practices leaves us with serious concerns over the negative implications that a vertically integrated media corporation will have on the nation’s communities hardest hit by the economic downturn. Continue reading “Greenlining Letter to Comcast & NBC CEOs”→
Testimony of Orson Aguilar Executive Director The Greenlining Institute Hearing of the House Financial Services Committee:
September 16, 2009 “Proposals to Enhance the Community Reinvestment Act”
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has helped expand economic opportunities for millions of Americans. For many families, CRA has made the American Dream possible by ensuring that loans for homes, small businesses, and other opportunities for asset building are available and accessible to all communities.
Banks have also benefited from CRA. Many banks have found new and profitable markets in communities that they might have otherwise overlooked.
In essence, CRA has led to win-win opportunities where banks, customers, and communities have benefited from increased bank investments in underserved communities. CRA has worked best where true partnerships have formed between banks, community-based organizations, and government agencies.
Overall, CRA has advanced the principles of an ownership society by creating opportunities where people and families can create and own assets. Still, CRA is not perfect. Despite CRA’s track record of success, more can and should be done to invest in America’s neighborhoods.
As we speak today, too many families are losing their homes and too many small businesses are shutting down. Too many neighborhoods are decaying due to crime and abandonment. While CRA is not a sole panacea for addressing these ills, a modernized CRA can do much to advance the economic growth that can alleviate problems at their source and improve life and opportunity in all communities.