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Jul. 5, 2013 8:30 am

How Comcast got involved with the School District’s funding crisis [Comcast Roundup]

"David L. Cohen, a Comcast Corp. executive who served as chief of staff to then-Mayor Ed Rendell in the 1990s, was involved in the negotiations. Cohen said Sunday business leaders as well as Corbett believed union concessions were a critical element if the district was to obtain additional money from taxpayers."

  • Rescue plan for Phila. schools: Many ifs, but…  [Philadelphia Inquirer] “An unusual array of political and business leaders helped craft the latest version of a rescue plan. […] David L. Cohen, a Comcast Corp. executive who served as chief of staff to then-Mayor Ed Rendell in the 1990s, was involved in the negotiations. Cohen said Sunday business leaders as well as Corbett believed union concessions were a critical element if the district was to obtain additional money from taxpayers. ‘But that is not to say that either the business community or the governor or anyone else felt we should legislate what those reforms are,’ Cohen said, adding that he had worked with Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, as well as with Mayor Nutter, Council President Darrell L. Clarke, the governor, and others on the plan.”
  • Related: That’s funny, I don’t remember electing a Comcast executive as our education czar [Philly.com/Will Bunch‘s blog Attyood] “Because here’s the thing — I’m actually willing to concede that Cohen, Wonderling, etc., had their “altruistic” motivations for getting involved, in the sense that they realize that the schools crisis is starting to give Philadelphia a proverbial black eye in the national media, and that’s not good for business. But once big business gets the spot at the head of the table, they’re always going to come up with a “rescue” that pulls the skin off of your hide — not theirs. Which is exactly what they did here. And the bottom line is always crushing labor unions, which used to be the main bulwark against income inequality, a long time ago on a galaxy far, far away.”
  • Related: How Big Business Helps Starve Philly Schools [City Paper]
  • Comcast cuts down log-ins to keep cord from getting cut [CNET] “…Comcast is smoothing out snags that could gives subscribers any reason turn to an online alternative, like Netflix or Amazon Prime Streaming, on their computers or Internet-connected devices.”
  • Related: Right Now In The People’s Republic Of Comcast: Intercepting The Intel-ivision Dream [Philebrity]
  • Comcast Corporation CFO Sells 89K Shares and 4 Insider Sales to Note [Wall St. Cheat Sheet]
  • Comcast CEO Brian Roberts invited to join Motion Picture Academy [Los Angeles Times]

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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