Comcast Roundup

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. "
Look inside Comcast’s proposed $1.2B skyscraper [Comcast Roundup] business

Jan. 16, 2014 11:30 am

Look inside Comcast’s proposed $1.2B skyscraper [Comcast Roundup]

Comcast’s new $1.2B skyscraper for tech staff will be tallest in Philly [Technically Philly] Gallery of renderings of Comcast’s new skyscraper [NBC10] Changing Skyline: Comcast tower a new symbol for technology [Philadelphia Inquirer] “In short, this is what the future of the growing Comcast campus at 18th and Arch Streets will look like: Suits to […]
Comcast sees TV subscriber growth for first time in 6 years [Comcast Roundup] business

Jan. 9, 2014 7:30 am

Comcast sees TV subscriber growth for first time in 6 years [Comcast Roundup]

"After 26 straight quarters of losses, Roberts credited the Q4 subscriber net gain to investments Comcast has made in the evolution of its service, particularly in digital video and TV Everywhere."
Comcast to spend millions marketing Kahn Academy to close digital divide [Comcast Roundup] business

Dec. 19, 2013 9:07 am

Comcast to spend millions marketing Kahn Academy to close digital divide [Comcast Roundup]

"Comcast’s executive VP David Cohen believes that backing Khan Academy will boost digital literacy and get more people paying for broadband because 'its content is the ultimate proof point of the value of the Internet.'"
In 2011, Comcast got $18.9M in subsidies to offer discounted Internet to schools [Comcast Roundup] business

Dec. 12, 2013 8:30 am

In 2011, Comcast got $18.9M in subsidies to offer discounted Internet to schools [Comcast Roundup]

"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."