Comcast assembles policy 'Dream Team' in D.C.

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 9:32am
Mike Robuck

Comcast is covering all of its programming, broadcasting and cable operator bases on the policy front with its Washington, D.C.-based team.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick crowed that his team had assembled a "Dream Team" after signing some of the top free agents this summer, and Philadelphia-based Comcast can make the same claim.

Yesterday, Comcast announced that Rebecca Arbogast, whose resume includes previous stops at the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice, would join its Beltway policy team on Monday. Arbogast served as chief of the International Bureau Telecommunications Division at the FCC and worked in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rebecca ArbogastArbogast's hiring came on the heels of former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker being hired as Comcast's senior vice president of governmental affairs in May, which led to a public outcry since Baker previously voted in favor of Comcast's $30 billion bid for controlling interest in NBCUniversal.

Comcast's biggest policy coup came in April when it hired former National Cable & Telecommunications Association President and CEO Kyle McSlarrow as president of Comcast/NBCUniversal in Washington, D.C.

Both Arbogast and Baker report to McSlarrow. Arbogast will coordinate Comcast's public policy efforts across the corporation.

Comcast also has the backing of the NCTA, which is led by former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, on policy issues.

With so many interests across various telecommunications fields, Comcast's all-star Beltway team will have its hands full dealing with issues such as retransmission agreements, increased competition from other video service providers, the conditions of its NBCUniversal deal, and programming agreements with content owners across multiple screens.



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