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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.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Netflix Inc., Dish Network, and the Los Angeles County government are among organizations opposing Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., based on documents filed right up to the midnight Monday deadline with the Federal Communications Commission. Reed Hastings, chief executive officer of the online streamer Netflix, had signaled that the company could oppose a combined Comcast/Time Warner Cable, which would provide more than one-third of U.S. consumers with high-speed Internet service.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
A flurry of last-minute commenters on Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. made Monday's deadline, bringing the docket at the Federal Communications Commission to about 65,000 entries. Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), a frequent Comcast critic, wrote in his Monday filing that the agency should reject the deal because it "would threaten innovation and economic activity on the Internet, and it would jeopardize the free flow of information and ideas on which our democracy depends.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As if college weren't distracting enough - beer, music, job anxiety, coeducation - Drexel University , the University of Delaware , and a handful of New England colleges have cut deals with Comcast Corp. to let dorm-living students watch TV, sports, and movies on their smartphones, laptops, iPads or Android tablets, through its cloud-based Xfinity On Campus service, wherever they go. This is not about education: "It's the lifestyle," John Bielec , chief information officer at Drexel, told me. "And Drexel has a very robust wireless infrastructure that is ideal for delivering this content.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter has organized a diverse national group of 51 mayors who support Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., saying the deal would lead to significant economic benefits in the communities, including jobs. The letter was sent to the Federal Communications Commission, and Nutter released a statement on it through his press office Thursday afternoon. Support from its hometown mayor could be a political boost in Washington for Comcast's efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Public comments on Comcast Corp.'s proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. are officially due midnight Monday, though Los Angeles is seeking a two-week extension to Sept. 8 to prepare its remarks. The request was disclosed Wednesday by the Federal Communications Commission. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti asked for it because the deal's complexity and the summer vacation season are making it difficult to hit Monday's deadline. Time Warner Cable is the largest cable-TV operator in Los Angeles and controls the TV rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers major-league baseball team.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the wall next to her desk in the North Philadelphia nonprofit advocacy group Action United, Dawn Hawkins has posted the saying "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 'Oh, crap, she's up.' " It was Hawkins, a 42-year-old single mother from Strawberry Mansion, who was among the first to bring attention to the restrictions in Comcast Corp.'s discounted Internet Essentials program for low-income families...
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