December 3, 2015 |
A CITY COUNCIL committee had breaking news for Comcast yesterday: The company has to agree to pay employees higher wages and expand customer service in exchange for Council to renew its 15-year franchise agreement. Specifically, the committee asked Comcast to agree to expand access to its Internet Essentials service for low-income families, to increase technical education opportunities for school district students, and to pay employees - including those who work for contractors and subcontractors - at least $15 an hour.
November 28, 2015 |
76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by the website TMZ.com. In the video, Okafor - who stands 6-foot-11, weighs 271 pounds, and turns 20 on Dec. 15 - is seen shouting at several individuals, then shoving a man to the ground. After at least one person tries to restrain him, Okafor punches a man who appears to be the same individual he had pushed, knocking him to the pavement again.
November 13, 2015 |
COMCAST, the homegrown entertainment giant in the midst of negotiating a new 15-year franchise agreement with Philadelphia, was praised and slapped during a marathon public hearing before City Council yesterday. Although there is little doubt Council will vote to renew the agreement and Mayor Nutter will sign it before the end of the year, dozens still showed up hoping to influence the final document. They included Hillary Linardopoulos, a staff representative of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, who lamented that while Comcast builds a second "gleaming, tax-exempt" Center City skyscraper, many city schools are crumbling and lack adequate teaching technology.
October 7, 2015 |
THE PHILLIES lost 99 games for the first time since 1969. They were owners of baseball's worst record when the season ended on Sunday. They finished with the second lowest attendance in the National League, behind Miami, a city that should barely count as a functional major league franchise. The Phillies drew 1,831,080, falling below 2 million fans for the first time in 13 years. They traded away a World Series MVP and another franchise icon, too; they had a manager walk out on the organization less than three months in; a beleaguered general manager was fired with three weeks left; a squirrel nearly attacked aforementioned franchise icon; and a dead bird plopped onto the Citizens Bank Park turf during the final game of the year.
October 3, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - It might as well have been Oct. 3, 2014, or April 15, 2015 - the last two times that 76ers managing owner Josh Harris gave his state-of-the-team addresses. Once again, the billionaire businessman said he has no desire to sell the franchise and supported third-year coach Brett Brown. Harris also reiterated that he supports the multiyear rebuilding process that requires sacrificing wins. "I think we are making progress," Harris said Thursday at Stockton University, where the Sixers were participating in training camp.
June 5, 2015 |
IN RECENT WEEKS, Comcast's four franchise renewals in Philadelphia have attracted a healthy share of public attention as well as a string of headlines. Understandably, an undertaking of such substance deserves careful and deliberate management to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome but, like many events of such high profile, publicity can blur the details. A cable television franchise renewal offers a local franchising authority - the city of Philadelphia in this case - the opportunity to identify the cable-related needs of the community in exchange for the cable provider's use of public rights of way in order to deliver services to its customers.
May 12, 2015 |
WHAT IS THIS academic world coming to? Tom Brady gets caught with his air compressor on so now they're going to be teaching a four-credit course on "Deflategate" at the University of New Hampshire. UNH sports law professor Michael McCann designed the course, which according to its description, will be about "the interplay between those footballs . . . and the legal, regulatory and journalistic systems governing sports. " So, got to thinking: If courses can be offered in that, why not have some Philadelphia sports officials teach a course?
May 6, 2015 |
Lisa Kornstein says she grew up a tomboy and was "never really into clothes. " That changed while she was getting her master's degree in counseling and took a part-time job at a store in South Carolina. She realized she could sell. Then 25, Kornstein went on to open her first Scout & Molly's boutique in Raleigh, N.C. in 2002, offering women's apparel and accessories. The stores, named after her two Labradors, are now being franchised nationally, with 21 under development, including four in the Philadelphia area.
April 27, 2015 |
OK, let's all take a deep breath about our hometown cable powerhouse. You can make merry or mourn over Comcast's decision - pushed by federal regulators - to drop its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Then you can join me in focusing on more pressing business at hand now in Philly: the expected renewal of Comcast's citywide franchises - the first in 15 years. City officials have scheduled six public meetings for this week as they start negotiating. It's your chance to speak up. Does the national news matter to the deal Mayor Nutter and City Council should be pushing to get - or to people in the hundreds of other towns nearby with Comcast franchises also due to come up for all-but-certain renewal?
April 11, 2015 |
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.