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FCC sets review team for Charter deals

The Federal Communications Commission took its first major step towards commencing review of Charter Communications’s deals to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Jonathan Sallet, FCC’s general counsel, will chair the steering committee that will oversee review of the transaction. Sallet will also oversee the working team which will be headed by the Department of Justice’s Owen Kendler, who is joining the FCC “on detail.”

Kendler has been with the DOJ since 2003, mostly in the antitrust division as assistant chief, telecommunications & media enforcement.

Former FCC chief economist William Rogerson will serve again as senior economist for the FCC’s review. He served as the senior economist on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV transactions. He is an economics professor at Northwestern University.

Bureau chiefs on the steering committee include media bureau chief Bill Lake, international bureau chief Mindel De La Torre, wireline competition bureau chief Matthew DelNero, and wireless telecommunications bureau chief Roger Sherman.

Betsy McIntyre from the wireline competition bureau will be Mr. Kendler’s deputy.

Charter announced both deals at the end of May. The company filed its public interest statement with the FCC last week.