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Comcast Roundup

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."
Would the FCC allow Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable? [Comcast Roundup] business

Dec. 5, 2013 9:00 am

Would the FCC allow Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable? [Comcast Roundup]

"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."
Comcast is now selling movies and TV shows online [Comcast Roundup] business

Nov. 21, 2013 8:00 am

Comcast is now selling movies and TV shows online [Comcast Roundup]

"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."
Comcast turns 50 [Comcast Roundup] business

Nov. 14, 2013 8:00 am

Comcast turns 50 [Comcast Roundup]

"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.'"
Comcast invested heavily against pro-fiber Seattle mayor [Comcast Roundup] business

Nov. 7, 2013 8:00 am

Comcast invested heavily against pro-fiber Seattle mayor [Comcast Roundup]

"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.)