December 17, 2008
IFIND IT LAUGHABLE that on a day when lobbyists for Comcast were deluging City Council with pleas to delay Verizon's bid to bring FiOS service to Philly, my cable TV (and Internet) service was down for nearly 13 hours due to yet another Comcast service interruption in my neighborhood, roughly the 40th time this year such an interruption has occurred, usually when a cloud appears in the sky, or when the wind blows. I urge City Council to do the right thing and approve Verizon's efforts to bring competition to the city.
December 30, 2008
RE THE DEBATE about FiOS coming to Philly: I don't understand why Verizon needs the city's permission in the first place to run a fiber-optic cable into my house and provide a service. I could see if the product or service had a safety issue, like alcohol or cigarettes, but why does a business need the city's permission to run their business the way they want to? If Acme comes to town, do they need the city's permission because the city wants to protect Genuardi's or because we already have Genuardi's here?
April 29, 2012 |
Years after Verizon Communications Inc. wired the suburbs of Boston, Buffalo, and Baltimore with superfast Internet, more than one million residents in the poorer urban neighborhoods of those metro areas are still waiting for FiOS. Ditto, according to a union representing Verizon workers, for Syracuse, Albany, Erie, Scranton, and other Northeast cities. No FiOS. City officials didn't think that would last. They believed — hoped — that Verizon would get around to them to compete head to head with the cable companies.
March 25, 2012
"We were happy as can be to have an iconic brand in the portfolio of stable brands within the company. That was real evidence to our shareholders and people who followed us that we were very serious about our five-year plan. " - Flowers Foods Inc. chief executive George E. Deese, on his company's acquisition last year of Philadelphia Krimpet-maker Tasty Baking Co. "Now I guess I can smile.... Maybe I can take a day off. " - New York Mets chief executive Fred Wilpon, after Mets owners agreed to pay up to $162 million (and likely much less)
May 10, 2013 |
Television distributors are being financially compensated for missed NHL games in this season shortened by labor problems, but hockey fans and other pay-TV subscribers won't see any of it. Neither the NHL nor TV distributors disclosed the financials in what the parties are describing as rebates, citing confidentiality agreements. A Comcast Corp. executive disclosed the existence of the rebates in a conference call with Wall Street analysts last week. Comcast and Verizon Communications Inc., which operates the FiOS service, will follow industry practice and not pass those rebates on to subscribers, say officials with both companies.
December 23, 2008
RE TOM SPEYER'S letter: "Please, Council, approve FIOS. " Tom is not alone in the struggle with Comcast. Comcast holds the residents of this city over the coals and pretty much does and charges as it wants because there is no competition. Competition is healthy and I bet Comcast will feel the loss if Verizon is allowed to bring FIOS to Philadelphia. Dish service is not comparable to cable. Maybe the Daily News can start a campaign to get the residents to write members of City Council on this issue.
March 5, 2008
In November, when Mayor-elect Michael Nutter called for Philadelphia's "best and brightest" to serve his administration, I was galvanized to take action. As a Class of 2007 Penn alum who has worked for many political campaigns (including Nutter's primary campaign), I saw myself as one of the people the new mayor would want to join his team. Many of my friends felt the same, and we submitted applications and resum?s to the administration. Months later, I have heard nothing back.
December 14, 2008 |
Telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. hoped to sprint to a new pay-TV franchise agreement in Philadelphia this year and bring the cable battle to Comcast Corp.'s doorstep. But Verizon is facing headwinds from the cable king - which says the city's proposed 15-year deal with Verizon should be the same as the deal with Comcast - and from the realities of Philly politics. In its initial plan to install a high-speed FiOS pay-TV network in Philadelphia, Verizon said it would not wire the suburbanesque Far Northeast and the Northeast for years.
August 8, 2011 |
As thousands of striking Verizon workers rallied and picketed from Massachusetts to Virginia, dozens this morning took to the sidewalks outside the company's offices at Ninth and Race Streets in Philadelphia this morning. Verizon Communications Inc. workers first took to the picket lines on Sunday, after unions representing 45,000 technicians, customer-service consultants and operators failed to reach an agreement with management on a new contract. Heath care costs and pensions were among the key issues.
August 9, 2011 |
Amid reports of vandalism and tentative talks between labor and management, striking Verizon workers formed a river of red in their union T-shirts at a rally in Chinatown on Monday morning. About 600 workers thronged outside a Verizon operations facility at Ninth and Race Streets, temporarily blocking traffic, as they listened to speeches, shouted slogans, and heard updates from their leaders. They were among 45,000 Verizon Communications Inc. employees who went on strike early Sunday morning after management and labor failed to reach agreement on a contract.