Dec. 12, 2013 8:30 am
"Now President Barack Obama wants phone subscribers to pay as much as $5 more per year on their bills to connect almost all U.S. schools to high-speed Internet, an expansion of a $2.3-billion-a-year program that rankles some Republicans. Ninety-seven percent of U.S. classrooms are connected to the Internet, up from 14 percent when the program known as E-rate was created in 1997. School administrators now say just connecting isn’t enough -- they need speed and service in more classrooms and that costs more."
Dec. 5, 2013 9:00 am
"Comcast executives reportedly believe that if their company decides to make a bid for Time Warner Cable, it's unlikely the deal would face serious regulatory scrutiny since the two cable giants' geographical markets don't overlap much. In this, those executives are alone. Of course there would be scrutiny, and the Federal Communications Commission might well disallow the acquisition. ... The problem wouldn't be geography: It would be the enormous power Comcast could wield in the market for TV programming."
Nov. 21, 2013 8:00 am
"Comcast has launched the Xfinity TV Store — offering subscribers select movies for purchase several weeks ahead of DVD release – marking the cable giant’s entry into the electronic sell-through market to compete with iTunes, Amazon.com, Walmart’s Vudu and others."
Nov. 14, 2013 8:00 am
"Someone described Comcast, a contraction of communications and broadcasting, as a 50-year-old start-up. 'That's the vibe I want,' [CEO Brian] Roberts said. 'What has been amazing about Comcast is our ability to reinvent ourselves.'"
Nov. 7, 2013 8:00 am
"While Comcast denies there is any connection between [Mayor Mike] McGinn's broadband policies and their donations, the company has given thousands of dollars to PACs that have, in turn, given heavily to anti-McGinn groups." (State Sen. Ed Murray currently has a lead over incumbent McGinn, according to reports.)
Oct. 31, 2013 8:00 am
"These trends — increases on the broadband side and decreases on the television side — have been evident in Comcast’s earnings for years amid stiff competition from Verizon and AT&T’s TV services and changes in consumer behavior. Many of Comcast’s customers pay the company for an all-inclusive package of TV, broadband and phone. But the company is rapidly approaching the point where it will have more broadband subscribers than TV subscribers."
Oct. 24, 2013 7:39 am
"Comcast tested a 1 terabit per second network between Ashburn, Va., and Charlotte, N.C., the first week of October, the cable giant and its vendor partner announced during a cable equipment show Tuesday. The field trial not only spanned 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), which puts it into real world viability, but it also carried live data traffic."
Oct. 17, 2013 8:30 am
"Now Netflix is in early-stage talks with Comcast and other cable operators including Suddenlink Communications to offer the Internet streaming service on their set-tops, according to a Wall Street Journal report, which noted that 'no deal is imminent.'"
Oct. 10, 2013 8:00 am
"Comcast customers will soon be able to access some television shows from Twitter messages about those shows, the two companies jointly announced on Wednesday."
Oct. 3, 2013 8:00 am
"The charts show that Comcast's service really has been getting faster. But there's a striking pattern to Comcast's upgrades: while every tier of Comcast service is faster than it was a decade ago, the rate of progress has been dramatically higher for customers who pay the most."