By Sara Jerome - 01/05/11 03:00 PM EST
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not vote on the Comcast merger at its January meeting, according to an agenda summary released Tuesday.
Meetings are not the only time the commissioners can vote; if they all agree to, the four commissioners and the chairman can vote on an item between meetings. However, commissioners are often unwilling to add their vote and resolve to an issue if they have problems with an item.
"Media consolidation's strongest FCC critic, [Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps], could hold the high card at least in terms of the timing of the [vote about the Comcast merger], particularly if there are conditions he is looking to strengthen," Multichannel News observed earlier this week.
The article also noted the FCC commissioners seem unlikely to vote this week because they are all headed to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
At its January meeting, the FCC plans to address broadband for public-safety officials. It will also provide a presentation on "the status of the comprehensive reform efforts to improve the agency’s fact-based, data-driven decision-making."