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September 17, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 50 activists held a lunchtime rally Monday across the street from Comcast Corp. headquarters in Center City asking the government to tighten regulations on the Internet, and opposing the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. Monday was the last day for the public to respond to new Internet rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission, headed by Tom Wheeler. More than three million comments have been filed with the FCC as part of the rule-making procedure that could create Internet fast lanes and slow lanes, the regulatory agency said Monday afternoon.
NEWS
September 16, 2014
Internet freedom activists are holding a rally Monday outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia to protest Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The rally, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd, is organized by Free Press, a nonpartisan group that advocates to preserve open Internet communication and free speech. The group is demanding protections for net neutrality, and the rally will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that prevent broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s WiFi ambitions are going global. The Philadelphia cable company and Europe's Liberty Global say they have formed a partnership to offer Internet subscribers more than 10 million WiFi hotspots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Xfinity Internet customers who travel to Europe can use Liberty's Global's WiFi for free, while Liberty Global subscribers who travel to the United States can use Comcast WiFi for free, the two companies said on Thursday. The Liberty Global partnership is the latest expansion of Comcast's fast-growing WiFi network that Wall Street analysts view as a potential asset and possible threat to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and other traditional wireless carriers.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp., of Philadelphia, which has faced criticism over its potential market power with Hispanic TV audiences, has agreed to distribute Univision Communications Inc.'s 24-hour cable-TV sports network to almost 12 million Comcast TV homes, the companies said Tuesday. The Spanish-language Univision Deportes Network will be available on Comcast's digital preferred tier or through its Xfinity Latino service. The agreement seems likely to neutralize a potential opponent of Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. Randel Falco, Univision's chief executive officer and president, said earlier this year that the federal government needed to investigate and potentially impose tough conditions on Comcast/Time Warner Cable to protect minority TV viewers, citing Comcast's refusal to distribute the Univision Deportes Network and two other Univision channels.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shareholders in Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. will vote early next month in separate meetings in Philadelphia and New York on the $45.2 billion proposal that would merge the companies. The specific dates are Oct. 8 for Comcast shareholders and Oct. 9 for Time Warner Cable shareholders. The approvals are part of a complex and now months-long process for Comcast's proposed acquisition of the nation's second-largest cable company. Comcast shareholder approvals seem assured as Brian Roberts, the company's chief executive officer, chairman, and son of founder Ralph Roberts, agreed in the merger negotiations with Time Warner Cable to vote Class B shares held in two family trusts, dated 1993 and 1998, for the deal.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. executive and chief lobbyist David Cohen testified in Washington in April and May that the cable giant was a friend to independent cable networks, saying that Xfinity customers have access to more than 160 small or independent channels. The founder and chairman of one of those channels, Patrick Gottsch, of the rural network RFD-TV, in Omaha, Neb., has a different take on it. "It sounds wonderful. But when you peel back the onion . . . it's really nothing at all," Gottsch said.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Comcast Corp., the race is on. The cable giant is expected to announce in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday that it will replace Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series in a 10-year deal. The 33-race stock-car series - hugely popular in the Southeast - will be renamed the NASCAR Xfinity Series, making it Xfinity's first national sports sponsorship. Xfinity is the brand for Comcast's cable, Internet, and phone services. The Nationwide Series exposes younger drivers to race fans while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, sponsored by the wireless giant Sprint Corp., showcases Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the other elite drivers.
NEWS
September 3, 2014
ISSUE | SPORTS INJURIES Coach attentive On behalf of six other student athletes, our experience in playing for Craig Reed's under-17 soccer club team in Chester County does not in any way match the player-trauma allegations in a recent lawsuit ("In Chesco, a soccer lawsuit," Aug. 25). Reed is a great coach who cares about our welfare. He is always positive. Collectively, we have played for the coach anywhere from four to seven years, and we were on the team with the player who sued.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Conservative TV and radio host Glenn Beck says the government should reject Comcast Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. because the two companies won't distribute his cable-TV channel, TheBlaze. Beck, a former Fox News host and author, says that Comcast and Time Warner Cable are denying TV viewers access to differing political viewpoints and that Comcast is seeking to protect news channels it owns - NBC, CNBC, and left-leaning MSNBC. Beck also claims that Comcast deleted his supporters' comments from its Facebook page.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. has resurrected the hyperlocal news site EveryBlock in Philadelphia. The social-media site ( www.everyblock.com ) aggregates more than 600 data feeds. EveryBlock, which officially was relaunched on Tuesday, allows users who register to customize a Twitter-like feed to city zip codes or neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the free site - available to anyone - lacked Xfinity advertisements or any other connection to Comcast. The company said it was offering EveryBlock as a community service.
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