Stearns: Comcast-NBC merger will lead to 'greater innovation'

And net neutrality regulations should not be considered for the merger, he said.

"Proponets of Internet regulation may seek network neutrality mandates on the Comcast-NBC deal," he said. "Doing so would be inappropriate and harmful."

Stearns remarks were echoed by other Republicans on the panel, saying the merger will create new content and services for consumers.