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March 25, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tweeting and Facebooking with Comcast Corp. will get easier. The cable giant said Monday that it will triple its social-media employees to 60 by this summer as part of its flagging customer-service operations. Social-media employees respond to questions or concerns on Twitter, Facebook, and Comcast support forums. The hiring will be done in Philadelphia and Denver by this summer. "Wherever our customers are asking questions, that's where we want to be," Comcast spokeswoman Kate Finn said.
NEWS
March 20, 2015
ISSUE | PARK AID Lovely for library The Friends of Mount Airy's Lovett Memorial Library were pleased to see the report of funding for city parks ("Nonprofits to fund high-line park plan," March 16). We appreciate Charlotte Lovett Bostwick, who erected and endowed Lovett in the 1880s, for providing more than an acre for library expansion and interim park use. Also, thanks to The Inquirer for the image of Lovett's proposed addition. And although the Lovett community is not privy to the full details of the plans by the designers and funders, we do know significant adjustments remain to be made to enlarge the proposed addition so as to provide increased meeting space and to reorganize the spatial uses we have heard proposed.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last October, Comcast Corp. was rocked by one of its periodic customer service blowups when a California accountant claimed in a federal lawsuit that a top Comcast executive had gotten him fired for complaining about overcharges on his cable bills. Conal O'Rourke of San Jose said that after he called to complain to Comcast's controller's office, the head of the office, Lawrence Salva, phoned his employer to complain about him. Within days, PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. fired O'Rourke for violating its ethics standards.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT
WASHINGTON - When Comcast made its move to buy NBCUniversal, more than two dozen letters from Congress - including one from 22 Republicans - landed at the Federal Communication Commission early in its review. Dozens more, from key chairmen and rank-and-file members of both parties, arrived before that deal was approved in 2011. The vast majority supported the merger, including one signed by 97 House members and several from minority lawmakers who hailed Comcast's commitment to diversity.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
SWEET SPRING breezes will grace us in a week. Let me start the spring cleaning by tying up loose ends on some recent columns. I am tickled to report that Malcolm Monk has found kin of Joe Gumpper, the World War II soldier he befriended 70 years ago . Monk was 10 and living with his family in the tiny village of Painswick, England, when they all met Gumpper, a Philly native and U.S. Army technician with the 164th Engineer Combat Battalion....
BUSINESS
March 15, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday pushed back its deadline for reviewing two proposed mergers - Comcast Corp. with Time Warner Cable Inc., and AT&T Inc. with DirecTV. The agency cited a pending federal court action involving CBS Corp. and other programmers that have collectively sued to keep contracts confidential during the FCC review. The FCC said it would like this court issue resolved. The FCC's informal 180-day clock to finish both reviews would have been reached later this month.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
LOOKING FOR a really cheap deal for Internet access to help your schoolkids get their homework done? You can't do better than the free offer Comcast is extending for its Internet Essentials (5GB) Web service to low-income Philadelphia families with school-age children. The deal will deliver a decent broadband connection (5 Mps) to homes for six months for free. After that, the price goes up to $10 a month. The deadline for signing up is May 31. Newly pitched to parents in letters home from the school district and sure to be a burning topic at Wednesday's Family Literacy Night at 440 N. Broad St., helmed by Superintendent William Hite, the offer comes in the wake of Comcast's fourth annual review of the national Internet Essentials program designed to increase computer access and literacy.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Comcast Network is preparing to launch something new for local television starting April 6: a sports-talk morning show, called Breakfast on Broad . The show is set to have a conversational tone and will include morning news staples such as traffic and weather. Breakfast on Broad is a new foray into original programming for the Comcast Network, rebranded from CN8 in 2009. Currently, the network is best known for hosting games of local sports teams - in place of its sister station, Comcast SportsNet - when the Phillies, Flyers, or Sixers play at the same time.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Eleven months after AT&T Inc. announced its $48.5 billion deal for DirecTV that would create a substantially bigger pay-TV company than Comcast Corp., the deal seems to be cruising smoothly through Washington, while Comcast's $45 billion deal for Time Warner Cable Inc. has faced a public backlash. The deals - Comcast announced its in February and AT&T disclosed its in May - have been a surprising tale of two giant telecom mergers. AT&T/DirecTV seemed initially to have the harder climb to federal approvals because of classic anticompetitive elements of the transaction.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Wayne attorney Edmond Tiryak doesn't much dwell on telecommunications law, though he thinks the FCC did right last month when it backed net neutrality. That's the rule that says network owners like Comcast and Verizon can't block or discriminate when handling Internet traffic - say, to offer other businesses access to higher-priced "fast lanes. " As Tiryak sees it, data "should be like water - you can't get purer water if you pay more. " But Tiryak has his own telecom story to tell - and his analogy suggests an intriguing question.
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