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Comcast Roundup

After Netflix paid Comcast, speeds improve 65%  [Comcast Roundup] business

Apr. 17, 2014 7:30 am

After Netflix paid Comcast, speeds improve 65% [Comcast Roundup]

"Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) led the way with $35,000 from the Comcast federal political action committee (PAC) between 2009 and 2014, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) received $32,500, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) received $30,000. These figures are the combined contributions from Comcast to the senators' campaign and leadership committees. (Schumer has recused himself from the merger hearings because his brother, a lawyer, worked on the deal.)"
U.S. states to investigate Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger [Comcast Roundup] business

Mar. 20, 2014 7:30 am

U.S. states to investigate Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger [Comcast Roundup]

"Florida and other U.S. states will join the Justice Department in seeking to determine if Comcast's plan to merge with Time Warner Cable is legal under U.S. antitrust law, Florida officials told Reuters."
How Comcast is like the tycoons of the Gilded Age [Comcast Roundup] business

Mar. 13, 2014 7:30 am

How Comcast is like the tycoons of the Gilded Age [Comcast Roundup]

"Much of the news in the internet world has been taken up by the possible consequences of Comcast’s proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable system. But the issues extend well beyond this deal. "
Why Comcast VP David Cohen is not a ‘lobbyist’ [Comcast Roundup] business

Mar. 6, 2014 7:30 am

Why Comcast VP David Cohen is not a ‘lobbyist’ [Comcast Roundup]

"But as Comcast makes its case [for the Time Warner merger], Cohen doesn't have to follow the disclosure rules for lobbyists because, for all his influence, he is not a lobbyist. At least not officially. He hasn't been since 2007, the year Congress beefed up those disclosure requirements."
Comcast spent $18.8M lobbying federal government in 2013 [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 28, 2014 7:30 am

Comcast spent $18.8M lobbying federal government in 2013 [Comcast Roundup]

The media continues to mull major Comcast deals (Time Warner Cable, Netflix). Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, plans for the second Comcast tower move forward.
Comcast tower unanimously approved by Planning Commission [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 20, 2014 8:30 am

Comcast tower unanimously approved by Planning Commission [Comcast Roundup]

"The only criticism: Not enough bicycle parking."
Comcast will purchase Time Warner Cable for $45B [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 13, 2014 7:30 am

Comcast will purchase Time Warner Cable for $45B [Comcast Roundup]

It's "a deal that would combine the biggest and second-biggest cable television operators in the country." Expect a protracted lobbying effort and promises to avoid heavy regulator skepticism.
What to tell City of Philadelphia about Comcast? Here’s a guide [Comcast Roundup] business

Feb. 6, 2014 9:30 am

What to tell City of Philadelphia about Comcast? Here’s a guide [Comcast Roundup]

"The City of Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology has released a public survey and comment form, asking Philadelphians to share their 'cable television related needs and interests.' They want to know what Philadelphians need from Comcast. The Media Mobilizing Project released the guide below to help you tell the City what you think is most important. "
Are Comcast and Corbett engaged in ‘perfectly legal corruption’? [Comcast Roundup] business

Jan. 30, 2014 7:30 am

Are Comcast and Corbett engaged in ‘perfectly legal corruption’? [Comcast Roundup]

"But just last February, Cohen surprised some by saying that he expected to support Republican Gov. Corbett and hosting an event that raised $200,000 for Corbett's stumbling campaign. The other day, Corbett came back to help Cohen's cable giant announce that it was going to build a second skyscraper in Philadelphia, the tallest building between New York and Atlanta. And to help Comcast -- which made more than $12 billion in profits its last full reporting year of 2012 -- get the job done, the governor came bearing gifts -- $30 million in construction grants and $4.5 million for job creation."
Tell City of Philadelphia what you need from Comcast [Comcast Roundup] business

Jan. 23, 2014 7:30 am

Tell City of Philadelphia what you need from Comcast [Comcast Roundup]

"News reports note that City and Pennsylvania governments plan to contribute forty million dollars in grants to Comcast in support of a plan to expand their Philadelphia headquarters. If we are to use public resources in support of Comcast's growth, we believe it is all the more important that the residents of our city get a franchise agreement that meets our needs, and that Comcast fulfills its corporate responsibility to our city. "