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Oct. 29, 2009 8:30 am

Comcast Roundup: Calling broadband stimulus packages ineligible, Yellow Pages on TV and More

Every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. EST, find all the stories you need to know about your friendly telecommunications giant in the Comcast Roundup. Get an e-mail subscription for our Comcast news updates. The Inqy’s DiStefano reports that Comcast submitted data yesterday to the federal government suggesting some proposals for broadband stimulus would duplicate its […]

Every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. EST, find all the stories you need to know about your friendly telecommunications giant in the Comcast Roundup. Get an e-mail subscription for our Comcast news updates.

The Inqy’s DiStefano reports that Comcast submitted data yesterday to the federal government suggesting some proposals for broadband stimulus would duplicate its services and effectively subsidize competitors. The Daily Herald adds that the company says that may make those proposals ineligible. Relatedly, a series of Philadelphia proposals for that pot of money came up short.

New York Times media columnist David Carr suggests Comcast’s “likely” bid to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal is foolhardy. If it were to get through, the Inquirer’s Joe DiStefano writes on the undercurrent conversation about whether the federal government would even allow the deal to happen.

After the jump, the latest in net neutrality, video online news and ten other Comcast links to see, including video of Brian Roberts at the Web 2.0 summit.

MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME

Washington Post reports that FCC has moved ahead with its net neutrality rule-making with a unanimous vote. PC Mag reports that Comcast is still calling such actions taken by the FCC to be unlawful. Last week, Comcast vice president David Cohen took to the company’s corporate blog to give their take on the tussle with the FCC.

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Forbes reports that Comcast is seeking local ad dollars through an interactive TV version of the Yellow Pages.

The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Peter Key reports that Comcast’s trial of On Demand Online has increased its customer group.

Read Write Web says Comcast is sizing up to compete with Hulu and suggest that’s a mistake.

Silicon Alley Insider lists “eight things you should know about TV Everywhere,” the industry-wide, online streaming TV service for subscribes in which Comcast is playing a role.

GIVE A GLANCE

Cable Digital News says Comcast is beefing up its interactive TV platform, leading to such content making its way on as many as 50 networks by the end of next year. Light Reading reports that Comcast COO Steve Burke says advertisers can be coaxed into loving interactive advertising with the comfort of a big national network.

Broadband DSL Reports writes that Comcast and Verizon are still bickering about who carries the most HD channels. H/T Philly Tech News.

A joint press release announces that Comcast, Sprint and Clearwire are moving 4G into Chicago and Seattle, in addition to Philadelphia, as we previously reported.

Multichanel News reports that Comcast is deploying a spammer-monitoring system to seek them out before they grow in their attacks.

Last week, we reported that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts had a much trumpeted conversation with John Battelle at the Web 2.0 Summit ’09 in San Francisco. The company’s corporate blog shared the 43-minute video, which you can see below, in addition to giving a nice summary.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a Cofounder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. In that capacity, he is a co-organizer of Philly Tech Week, Baltimore Innovation Week, Delaware Innovation Week and other events that bring smart people together. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here and curates a personal monthly newsletter of ideas and links here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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