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Dec. 13, 2016 12:10 pm

Wow: 80 city rec centers are finally getting internet access

Thanks to an “institutional network” stipulated in the city's franchise agreement with Comcast. “This network is going to put us ahead for years and years to come,” said CIO Charlie Brennan.

Mar. 25, 2016 10:06 am

Comcast’s low-cost internet program is now available to public housing residents

It's an example of the telecom giant making good on its promise, as per the city's new franchise agreement, to pilot Internet Essentials expansions in Philadelphia.

Dec. 10, 2015 3:32 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, Philadelphia officially has a new 15-year Comcast franchise deal

After nearly a year of negotiations, City Council unanimously approved the deal Thursday.

Dec. 10, 2015 9:39 am

Comcast franchise may be win for city, but there’s one loser

Philadelphia used to be the biggest city in the country without a public-access TV channel until activists won a 27-year battle to launch PhillyCAM. Now, under the proposed Comcast franchise deal, PhillyCAM is looking at budget cuts. Is it a sign of the times?

Dec. 8, 2015 2:09 pm

Philly just helped Seattle get a better Comcast franchise deal

Just as it was about to approve its 10-year Comcast franchise deal, Seattle caught wind of Philly's deal and used it to bargain for more.

Dec. 4, 2015 10:21 am

City’s new Comcast contract expands internet access for low-income Philadelphians

All parties (except for PhillyCAM) are championing the contract as a win for Philly.

Dec. 2, 2015 12:45 pm

Could the new Comcast contract actually make low-cost internet more accessible in Philadelphia?

At the second City Council hearing for Comcast's 15-year franchise agreement, advocates and Council finally seemed to find their focus: expanding affordable internet.

Nov. 13, 2015 11:07 am

What the public had to say about Comcast at last night’s City Council hearing

Some 50 people testified about what they like and dislike about the city's largest company. Their grievances generally centered on the same set of issues.

Nov. 12, 2015 8:06 pm

Inside Thursday’s five-hour Comcast franchise hearing at City Council

An epic session, but no final decision. Will the City Council hearing on the Comcast franchise renewal actually matter?

Nov. 12, 2015 5:11 pm

Comcast spent $111K lobbying city during franchise agreement talks

Comcast nearly tripled its Philadelphia lobbying spend as the city entered into contract negotiations with the company. Councilman Bobby Henon, who's running a major hearing on the issue this afternoon, told us Council would not vote on the bill tonight.

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