Comcast CEO pays $500,000 fine for reporting violation

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 Federal officials say the reporting violation was inadvertent and that Roberts reported the problem when he became aware of it. Those factors helped to limit the size of the fine.

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department's antitrust division cooperated on the case.

“Comcast and Mr. Roberts appreciate the acknowledgement by the Federal Trade Commission that this was a technical and inadvertent violation that was self-reported, promptly corrected, and did not involve any financial gain to the Company or to Mr. Roberts," a Comcast spokeswoman said. "We take very seriously our obligations to comply with all aspects of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and working with our lawyers we have put in place additional safeguards to ensure that an inadvertent violation does not occur in the future.”