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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.)
Comcast will soon have more Internet subscribers than TV business

Oct. 31, 2013 8:00 am

Comcast will soon have more Internet subscribers than TV

"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."
Comcast tests 1 Terabit network [Comcast Roundup] business

Oct. 24, 2013 7:39 am

Comcast tests 1 Terabit network [Comcast Roundup]

"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."
Comcast in early talks with Netflix about partnership [Comcast Roundup] business

Oct. 17, 2013 8:30 am

Comcast in early talks with Netflix about partnership [Comcast Roundup]

"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.'"
Comcast and Twitter partnership will let you watch TV through tweets [Comcast Roundup] business

Oct. 10, 2013 8:00 am

Comcast and Twitter partnership will let you watch TV through tweets [Comcast Roundup]

"Comcast customers will soon be able to access some television shows from Twitter messages about those shows, the two companies jointly announced on Wednesday."