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July 11, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. says it has broadened reach of its free international calling to India, Mexico, China, Singapore and South Korea for those who subscribe to Xfinity Voice Unlimited. Xfinity Voice's free international calling is now available to nearly half the world, the company says. Xfinity Voice Unlimited can be purchased as part of a double- or triple-play package with TV or Internet services, or as a standalone $45-a-month service. The upgraded international calling is now available for customers in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and Miami.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott says he had a moment of clarity at a dinner with Allentown's Brooks brothers in September. Jim and Rob Brooks, owners of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms minor-league hockey team and operators of the just-opened PPL Center, had contracted with Comcast Spectacor for ticketing, arena management services, and food concessions at the new multipurpose venue - a triple play, to borrow a phrase from the cable industry. Why not market those related Comcast Spectacor services together under one brand, Scott wondered, instead of separately as Ovations food services, Paciolan ticketing, and Global Spectrum venue management?
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
"WHAT WOULD Ralph do?" That is the guiding principle when making tough decisions among people at Comcast and what will live on as part of his legacy, David Cohen, executive vice president for Comcast, said. "Ask yourself [this] one question and you'll never go wrong," Cohen said yesterday. "You'll never make a bad decision. " Company leaders even had 'WWRD?' put on baseball caps years ago in honor of Ralph Roberts. "He's just one of the most fundamentally decent and honorable human beings," Cohen said.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT STARTED with marigolds. Ralph Roberts' first business venture at the age of 7 was to dig up his mother's marigolds at their home in New Rochelle, N.Y., and sell them door-to-door to neighbors. His mother was not pleased, which puzzled the boy. "She had plenty of flowers," he recalled thinking, "so why not make a couple of bucks?" Ralph J. Roberts, the founder of Comcast who died Thursday night at the age of 95, knew even in childhood that he wanted to be a businessman.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
A visionary, hard-driving salesman, Ralph Roberts turned an obscure subscriber television station in Tupelo, Miss., into a communications empire, with dominant cable, Internet, and entertainment services. Although a global leader, Comcast has stayed true to its Philadelphia roots, becoming the largest company headquartered in the city. With its own office tower in Center City and a second one on the way, Comcast has almost 140,000 employees and more than $68 billion in revenue. Roberts, who died Thursday at 95, built the communications giant on the foresight to acquire cable television companies around the nation.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ralph J. Roberts, 95, the soft-spoken visionary who in 1963 bought a tiny subscriber-TV system in Tupelo, Miss., and built it into Comcast Corp., the nation's leading cable company, died Thursday night in Philadelphia. Mr. Roberts, who had been in declining health, died of natural causes. "Ralph has been the heart and soul of Comcast for 50 years," said his son, Comcast president and CEO Brian L. Roberts, in a note to employees Friday morning. "He was the greatest influence in my life and a joy for me to work side by side with for over three decades.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s stunning decision in late April to abandon its $45 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. will likely lead to a lull for the acquisitive cable giant, experts say. Wall Street analysts said last week that federal regulators seem hostile to any new big transaction that Comcast brings to Washington and that they expect the merger-hungry Philadelphia company to lay low for a year or so, perhaps until a new president is sworn in to...
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s customer service satisfaction grade for television and Internet services slipped from a year ago and remains among the worst of all U.S. brands and services, according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index to be released Tuesday. Over the last year, the satisfaction score for Comcast's TV service declined 10 percent - steeper than the average 3.1 percent decline for the telecommunications industry - to 54. Satisfaction with Comcast's Internet service fell 2 percent, to a score of 56 - the lowest in the sector in the new report.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Boys and Girls Club in Germantown has all the trappings of the pre-World War I building it is: a third-floor gym; warrens of dilapidated rooms on multiple floors; a chained-off, caved-in pool. Not for much longer. On Tuesday afternoon, Comcast Corp. announced that it would spearhead a $40 million fund-raising drive that will allow the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia to demolish the Germantown club and replace it with a modern one named after the founder of the media and cable company, Ralph J. Roberts, 95, who lived in Germantown as a young man. Improvements to what will be called the Ralph J. Roberts Boys and Girls Club include a double gym for sports tournaments and a hockey rink financed through Ed Snider's charitable foundation.
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