Just ahead of the end of the FCC’s comment period on net neutrality on Friday, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen and AT&T chief strategy officer John Stankey are scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon to talk up their companies’ respective $45.2 billion (Time Warner Cable) and $48.5 billion (DirecTV) merger offers.
— Comcast (@comcast) July 15, 2014
That recording of a frothing, relentless Comcast “customer retention” specialist we told you was a “sure-to-mushroom PR disaster”? Well, it sure mushroomed.
First, the emergency board appointed by President Obama to deal with the mini-SEPTA strike we had last month announced its findings. The upshot, says the Inquirer, is that members of the engineers and electrical workers unions should get the deal that SEPTA management has been offering for years:
UPDATE, 7/15, 8 p.m.: The rep has been placed on administrative leave while the company investigates the incident.
ORIGINAL: If you’ve been thinking about changing or canceling your Comcast service, now may be the time — because the company is going to have to be extra nice to everyone to quell a sure-to-mushroom PR disaster resulting from the release of audio of one of its “customer retention” specialists scorching a San Francisco couple for attempting to disconnect their Internet account.
Touring the Brandywine
Rambling Around Central Bucks
Trekking to Amish Country
Back-Roading to the Shore
Drifting Up River Road
Regular Regional Rail train service to resume at the start of business on Sunday, June 15.
— SEPTA (@SEPTA) June 15, 2014
Following a request earlier today by Gov. Tom Corbett, President Obama signed an executive order this evening that forces striking SEPTA Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers back on the job for the next 240 days while an arbitration board attempts to craft a settlement. Rail service is set to resume for tomorrow’s regularly scheduled first runs.
Some important records reporting at the Inquirer: The total amount of liens on properties for L&I demolition and other work, the oldest of which dates from 1975, is nearly as much as the better-known amount due for unpaid taxes — but the records are such a mess that the majority is uncollectible:
Kal Rudman, the Cherry Hill radio legend whose Friday Morning Quarterback remains a bible for the industry, and his wife, Lucille, announced their second $1 million gift to Temple University’s TUTV yesterday: