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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.
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
April 11, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a quarter of Comcast cable subscribers in Philadelphia are dissatisfied with their service, according to a long-awaited report released by the city as it prepares to negotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant. Mayor Nutter said the city will press Comcast Corp. to improve those numbers, and will seek a dramatic increase in broadband access across the city. Specifically, he called for Comcast to provide free broadband in underserved neighborhoods and high-speed broadband capacity at libraries and other key locations.
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.
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.
NEWS
January 1, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Xfinity subscribers in the Philadelphia region, New Jersey, and northern Delaware can expect bills to rise an average of 3.4 percent Thursday, Comcast Corp. announced. The higher bills affect customers who subscribe to TV, Internet, or phone services, company spokesman Jeff Alexander said. The nation's largest pay-TV company has told Wall Street that it earns $137 a month from "customer relationships" - a 3.4 percent rate increase on $137 amounts to an additional $4.65 a month. People on Xfinity promotional plans will not see higher prices.
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