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.
December 11, 2008 |
Santa Claus won't be stuffing Verizon Communications Inc.'s stocking with a pay-TV franchise for Philadelphia this year. Verizon had hoped to have a pay-TV deal by year's end, but the proposed 15-year agreement, fast-tracked by Mayor Nutter, is bogged down in committee over jobs and the pace of the installation of the $700 billion FiOS pay-TV and Internet network. Verizon hit a new snag in recent days when a minority-owned cable company said it wanted to be included in the deal.
December 11, 2008
Information technology may be able to weather the fallout. IT "is often looked at as a way to decrease the cost of operations and lower the risk of operations and improve productivity," said John Carrow, an executive at Blue Bell-based Unisys Corp., the largest IT company in Pennsylvania and in need of a good turn itself. The contraction of the financial-services industry is also expected to be a boon for IT companies as data centers and other aspects of merged banking companies need to be consolidated.
November 14, 2008 |
Philadelphia residents could see a pay-TV slugfest. Verizon Communications Inc. has quietly negotiated a deal with city officials to offer FiOS in Philadelphia, a market dominated by cable giant Comcast Corp., which is headquartered in Center City. In a surprise move, City Councilman Darrell Clarke introduced a bill yesterday to award a 15-year cable franchise to Verizon. He offered it on behalf of Mayor Nutter, who took office in January and appears to have fast-tracked the talks.
April 3, 2008 |
Seeking to stay in the Internet speed game, Comcast Corp. is introducing a new Internet service with eight-times-faster downloads than its popular existing service. Extreme 50 is being launched today in Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities market, and it will be available to 9.6 million homes in the United States by the end of the year, the company said. Comcast has not said when the new "wideband" service would be introduced in Philadelphia. But it will make Extreme 50 available to its entire network, which passes 48 million homes, by mid-2010.
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.
February 24, 2008 |
Two years ago, Gus Gadonas saw the Verizon lineman stringing fiber-optic FiOS wires through his neighborhood in East Pikeland Township, Chester County. He ordered the new FiOS high-speed Internet service right away. Last year, Verizon Communications Inc. ran a special $100 rebate for customers who added FiOS TV. Gadonas leaped at that offer, too. The Internet was super-fast, he said, and the TV service was an alternative to Comcast. "The only complaint is that I don't think their on-demand product is up to snuff with Comcast," said Gadonas.
June 16, 2007 |
'What song is that, Dad?" I was sitting under a tent last week with family members after my son's high school graduation when he asked about the classic rock tune that was playing during his class video. I listened to the chugging intro and pegged the band as Journey but misidentified the title as "On and On. " After a few bars I corrected myself, "It's called 'Don't Stop Believin'. " So it was eerie when, two nights later, the same vintage power ballad provided the final notes for The Sopranos . Pretty cheesy choice for a series that always has been canny in its use of music.
January 10, 2006 |
Comcast Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Brian L. Roberts said yesterday that the company will experience double-digit cash-flow growth for the next three years - a result of getting customers to sign up for more services. "We're going to have the whole company focused on running one bundled business," Roberts told investors at a Citigroup Inc. telecommunications conference in Phoenix. Two years ago, 40 percent of Comcast's customers bought a service in addition to basic cable.