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November 19, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon Communications Inc. has launched FiOS TV and Internet in three neighborhoods in the city - Chestnut Hill, South Philadelphia and North Philadelphia, near Girard College. Elizabeth "Jane" Kilduff, in Chestnut Hill, is one of the company's first new customers. She signed up for Verizon's "triple play" at a promotional price of $79 a month for six months and $109 for the next 18 months. She estimates she will save $4,000 in the two years when compared with her previous service with Comcast for cable TV and Verizon for phone and Internet service.
NEWS
January 23, 2009 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon won an important City Council committee vote yesterday - with full Council approval likely - in its bid to compete with Comcast for customers in Philadelphia. Full approval, which could come in two weeks, means that most Philadelphians will eventually have an option besides Comcast, the cable giant with about 1.8 million subscribers in the city, the Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey, and northern Delaware. The Committee on Public Property and Public Works yesterday recommended approval of a 15-year franchise agreement that would allow Verizon to build a citywide $1 billion fiber-optic network within seven years.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
MTV was so '80s. What Verizon FiOS TV subscribers want today are crop reports, Mollie B Polka Party , and Hee Haw reruns. More than 50,000 fans have complained to Verizon Communications Inc. over its decision to ax the rural-content channel from FiOS TV as a cost-cutting measure, the Nebraska-based RFD-TV said Tuesday. The RFD-TV viewer outpouring - emailed to RFD-TV CEO Patrick Gottsch and forwarded hourly to Verizon executives - is a reaction to a broad trend playing out in the pay-TV industry: Niche-audience and low-rated channels face banishment as Verizon, Comcast Corp., and other TV distributors slim TV packages to contain monthly bills and compete with cheaper on-demand streamers.
NEWS
January 18, 2012
Just in time for the Australian Open, Verizon's FiOS TV service says it reached an agreement with the Tennis Channel. The 24-hour channel had been blacked out since early September while Verizon and Tennis Channel negotiated terms. The Tennis Channel is available to FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the the Ultimate HD and premiums sports packages.    - Bob Fernandez  
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. is facing a political battle in Washington with a rural television network that airs bluegrass bands, farming news, and Hee Haw reruns. Comments have flooded the Federal Communications Commission docket - perhaps as many as 18,000, the network says - in the two weeks since RFD-TV's call-out to viewers on the Internet and cable channel. "It's crunch time," Patrick Gottsch, chairman and founder of the Rural Media Group Inc., in Omaha, Neb., said this week in a phone interview.
NEWS
July 23, 2009
IS IT MY imagination or is every other commercial on TV (or radio or in newsprint) sponsored by one of the dueling monopolies, FiOS or Comcast? It's hard to believe that they can afford that much advertising. Of course, if you have a near monopoly, you can bleed all the suckers you've already hooked. The Federal Communications Commission goes ballistic over a small breast being exposed for four seconds from 75 yards away. But the agency does nothing about escalating cable/Internet/phone costs.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Verizon Communications Inc. has told Comcast Corp. that its Verizon-bashing "Don't Fall for FiOS" advertisements are false and asked the cable giant to fix them in a "cease and desist" letter. Among other advertising claims, Comcast says that a comparable triple-play bundle of TV, phone and Internet service from Verizon can cost $400 more a year, after promotions expire, than one from Comcast. Verizon would challenge the advertisements' truthfulness through the National Advertising Division of the Councils of Better Business Bureaus if Comcast failed to change them, Verizon vice president Eric Rabe said yesterday.
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
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