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February 23, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Free the Phillies! Free the Flyers! Free the Sixers! Fat chance, you say? Maybe so. But that goal tops my wish list for this year's franchise-renewal negotiations between Philadelphia and its richest corporate citizen: loosening Comcast Corp.'s unfair and damaging grip on most of Philly's big-league sports scene. Like the frog who thinks he's just basking in a warm bath, we Philadelphians have gotten poached without ever quite acknowledging it. We love our home teams - even when they're as maddeningly mediocre as the recent Flyers and Phillies, or as bafflingly managed as today's Sixers.
NEWS
December 10, 2008
OVER THE LAST couple of weeks, bailout proposals have been nonstop, from the $700 billion bill passed by Congress for financial institutions and corporations to $25 billion for Citibank and another $25 billion for Detroit. The economy needs all these players to keep this country moving, but at some point the requests have to reach the average person. It's reported that 11 million Americans are out of work. Action is needed immediately, Barack Obama stated while naming his new economic team.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2006 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon Communications Inc. said yesterday that it would start offering its new television service late next week in several New Jersey counties, including Camden. The company will identify the first 100 New Jersey cities to get the service in the next few weeks. The City of Camden, however, will not initially be one of the 10 in that county to get the service, which will compete with Comcast cable. Earlier this month, Verizon began offering its fiber optic service - FiOS for short - in Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester counties.
NEWS
October 29, 2007
ONCE AGAIN, Comcast is trying to milk us for more money. This time, it's $8 for the NFL Network that other outlets offer free. This is the same company with a commercial about the big bad expensive phone company. I'm shocked at Brian Roberts' audacity. How much more money does he honestly think he can wring out of us? I'm ready to throw a parade the day I can get Verizon FIOS in my neighborhood. Keith E. Callan, Philadelphia
NEWS
July 28, 2008 | By Peter Svensson, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Verizon Communications Inc.'s second-quarter earnings rose 12 percent, the company said today, while revenue was slightly shy of expectations and customers disconnected their landlines faster than before. The nation's second-largest telecommunications company earned $1.88 billion, or 66 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, up from $1.68 billion, or 58 cents per share, a year ago. Verizon said that excluding a merger-related item, it earned 67 cents a share, beating the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Financial by 2 cents.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and Inquirer Staff Writer
The union representing Verizon Communications Inc. workers says a deal between Verizon Wireless and cable companies could cost about 14,300 jobs over five years in eight Northeastern states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Verizon did not address the jobs figure but said the deal would be "in the public interest. " The job estimate is based on an economist's study and assumes that Verizon Communications will halt the rollout of its superfast FiOS Internet and FiOS TV services in older cities and other areas.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Verizon Communications Inc. officials look at national customer satisfaction ratings, they have a tongue-in-cheek term to describe their position relative to industry peers - "queen of the pigs. " Time Warner Cable Inc., AT&T Inc., Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Comcast Corp., and Verizon have had poor reputations for solving customer problems for years. But Verizon rates higher than the average telecommunications giant and is near the top of the industry sector.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayor Nutter is expected to announce today that Verizon Communications Inc. will relocate several hundred jobs into a former Bell Atlantic building in the 900 block of Race Street in Chinatown. A news conference is set for this morning at City Hall for the announcement. Verizon, which is based in New York, employs 2,000 in Philadelphia and, among other operations, has a video hub for its FiOS TV service on Oregon Avenue. The company does not have a license to offer FiOS TV in the city.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon Communications Inc., which is rolling out FiOS TV and Internet services in Philadelphia, is poised to double its early-termination fee for new TV and Internet subscribers to $360, according to corporate documents. Verizon has seen Comcast Corp. and other cable companies stealing back FiOS TV and Internet customers with steep discounts and offers to rebate the termination fee. Customers who cancel TV or Internet service in mid-contract pay the fee. The sharply higher fee - the current one is $179 for a two-year contract - would make the rebate payments more painful for competing cable companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IT'S HARDLY stop-the-presses news that we love old TV shows. There probably hasn't been a day in three decades or more that didn't see some outlet showing reruns of such classic fare as "I Love Lucy" or "M*A*S*H. " But for fans of classic TV, these are high times indeed, with the explosion of new channels specializing in vintage programs from the 1950s through the '80s. And we're not just talking the pop culture touchstones, either. For every "Gilligan's Island" or "The Brady Bunch," there is a far more esoteric but no less-entertaining program to be found, from the cerebral 1960s drama "Route 66" to the "Twilight Zone"-ish "One Step Beyond.
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