Has Philly Sold Its Soul to Comcast?

NYT op-ed questions city’s relationship to its highest-profile business.

The New York Times today carries an op-ed — from City Paper writer Dan Denvir — suggesting Philly is much too dominated by Comcast, the city’s highest-profile business. “Philadelphia is a digital-age company town where the proper relationship between business and government has been turned on its head,” Denvir writes. “Welcome, indeed, to Comcast Country.”

He adds:

“You will have to search long and hard in this city to find anyone who will say anything bad about Comcast or the Robertses,” the former governor of Pennsylvania and mayor of Philadelphia, Edward G. Rendell, told a reporter in 2001. Not incidentally, Mr. Cohen served as Mayor Rendell’s chief of staff before taking over Comcast’s political shop and becoming the Robertses’ consigliere.

Politicians here express their corporate loyalty in the tribal terms typically reserved for the city’s professional sports teams. (In fact, the Philadelphia Flyers and their hockey arena are owned by Comcast-Spectacor.) But many customers in Philadelphia demur: Comcast service here is expensive and poor, as customers everywhere complain. The company consistently receives among the lowest ratings of any major cable TV or Internet service provider.

Denvir’s op-ed comes, of course, as federal officials mull a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

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  • matthew brandley

    Comcast sucks

    • Johnny Domino

      Find that guy and clap him in irons

      • matthew brandley

        They keep raising rates, lousy service with signal and voice that dont sync up . At least with verizon since I switched 2 years ago no rate increse and great customer service with channels that keep getting added. truth hurts you clowns doesnt it?

        • Johnny Domino

          Clown? Moi?

          If I was with Comcast, you’d have never seen me coming.

  • Tom Smith

    Comcast is a monopoly. And everyone here hates them. They constantly steal additional money from their customers who have no choice but to use them. They blocked anyone else from supplying high speed Internet to my area in NJ because the own the tunneling system in which other providers would need to get another service to homes.
    They will sign you up for a low rate, attach insane extra and hidden fees, send you to India for customer service (which usually is no help) and they will disconnect your service if you’re a more than 2 days late.
    They lie to your face. Steal from people and something needs to be done.
    Everything runs on Internet nowadays so you either feed this greedy beast or starve yourself of any type of communications.


  • Enuf already

    People need to get a set, suck it up and boycott them. Hitting them where it hurts $$$$$$ is the way to be heard. No customers, no business.