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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
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.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
KJWP, a new over-the-air TV station licensed in Wilmington with a Me-TV network affiliation, has been added to Comcast Corp.'s Xfinity cable-TV lineup in the Philadelphia area as part of the basic cable package. KJWP is a designated "must-carry" station, which means under Federal Communications Commission rules that pay-TV operators have to distribute it. It is broadcast as of Saturday on VHF channel 2.1. The station first showed up on Comcast on Thursday and will be available on Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS TV in mid-March, Robert McAllan, CEO of PMCM TV L.L.C., which owns and operates the station, said Friday.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - A $3.6 billion deal to sell wireless spectrum and related joint-marketing agreements between cable companies, including Comcast Corp. and Verizon Wireless, faced criticism in a Senate Judiciary antitrust hearing Wednesday that they would hurt consumers and amounted to a truce between the telecom giants. "It's like you agreed to throw in the towel and stop competing with each other," Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), a frequent Comcast critic, said in the hearing. Steven K. Berry, president and chief executive of the Rural Cellular Association, whose members include Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cricket, said: "This is effectively a non-compete agreement.
NEWS
February 6, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Raising the stakes in streamed entertainment, phone giant Verizon Communications Inc. will launch a new national streaming service in a joint venture with DVD-rental firm Redbox later this year. The venture will be a direct competitor to Netflix, which now has more than 20 million subscribers, by offering DVD rentals through 35,000 Redbox kiosks and Internet-streamed entertainment by Verizon. Verizon will own 65 percent of the venture and Coinstar Inc., which owns Redbox, will own 35 percent.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2008 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast said yesterday that it would double broadband speeds for its customers in the Philadelphia and Boston areas as it competes with Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS service and seeks to make its broadband Internet service more attractive to DSL customers. Many customers in Philadelphia's suburbs, including South Jersey, will get speed upgrade by mid-December. Philadelphia customers should have the faster speeds in the first half of 2009. Faster speeds will proliferate across Comcast Corp.
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