Hey Business Owners, Want $30,000 from Comcast?

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Hey business owners: If you had $30,000, how would you use technology improve your business? Give a compelling answer and you could get a serious windfall of cash and business advice from Comcast.

For the third consecutive year, Comcast Business is looking for startups and seasoned entrepreneurs to compete in its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs contest. Winners will receive cash prizes as well as business advice from a panel of experts, including the British cuisine connoisseur behind TV’s Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine. Read more »

Here’s the Letter Six U.S. Senators Wrote to Complain About Comcast Bills

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(Gil C / Shutterstock)

On Wednesday, six U.S. senators sent a letter to the FCC complaining about Comcast‘s billing practices — and about the cable industry generally.

“A lack of competition in the market has left many Americans without robust options when purchasing cable and broadband,” the letter said. “This lack of competition, in our view, has led to some troubling and questionable customer service and payment practices by the few corporations consumers have to choose from.” Read more »

Comcast Revenues Hit $74.5 Billion in 2015

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Another year, another big pile of money at Comcast.

The Philly-based cable and Internet giant pulled in $74.5 billion in revenues in 2015, the company reported this morning. That was a rise of 8.3 percent over the previous year, when the company had $68.7 million in revenue.

The results were aided by a strong fourth quarter: Comcast’s $19.2 billion in earnings in that period were an 8.5 percent increase over the same time a year ago. Overall, the company reported earnings per share of $3.24 — up 1.3 percent from the previous year. Read more »

Here’s How One Cranky Comcast Customer Got Even

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An anonymous Comcast customer has drawn the attention of the tech industry by setting up a “bot” to automatically tweet every time his Internet speeds dip below levels promised by the company.

Reddit user AlekseyP described his effort in an online technology forum earlier this week, saying he pays for download speeds of 150MB per second. The bot tweets whenever speeds dip below 50MB per second.

“I know some people might say I should not be complaining about 50mpbs down, but when they advertise 150 and I get 10-30 I am unsatisfied,” he wrote. Read more »

Watch Out Comcast, Startup Aims to Deliver Cheap Internet

The new touchscreen router from Starry.

The new touchscreen router from Starry.

Chet Kanojia has an incredibly ambitious plan to take on some of the biggest businesses in the world. He aims to provide low-cost, gigabit-speed Internet access delivered through a wireless network. If successful, it could disrupt a multi billion-dollar industry where customers in many markets feel there is little competition.

Called Starry, the company is attempting to offer broadband service without all those clunky wires. It has a touchscreen router that can connect multiple devices. The company’s website offers this clever tagline: “Try unplugging the router,” said no Starry user ever. But Starry also has an antenna that you have to stick out of a window. Not super convenient. Read more »

How Philly Spent the Blizzard Weekend: Watching Game of Thrones

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Insert your “winter is coming” jokes here. Or maybe just make a Jon Snow pun.

In either case, Comcast confirmed Monday what most of us surely suspected: The weekend blizzard was a superb time to hunker down around a TV and binge-watch favorite shows. In Philadelphia and New Jersey, viewership spiked by 50 percent over the previous weekend. Read more »

NRA vs. Comcast Over Guns in TV Ads for Outdoor Show

Comcast has asked that these images of children holding guns be removed from a TV commercial for the Great American Outdoor Show.

Comcast has asked that these images of children holding guns be removed from a TV commercial for the Great American Outdoor Show.

The National Rifle Association is not happy with Comcast after the cable giant asked the group to censor images of guns from its TV commercials for the Great American Outdoor Show.

The Outdoor Show is held February 6-12 in Harrisburg, Pa., and is billed as “an NRA country jam” celebrating hunting, fishing and the outdoors. It’s run by the NRA who submitted two 30-second ads to Comcast but didn’t take too kindly to an email back saying it needed to “remove any and all images of rifles, shooting ranges, and hand guns” before the ads could be evaluated for approval. Read more »

Latest Comcast Criticism: Pop-Up Ads to Buy Its Modems

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It’s been a few weeks since we heard a complaint about Comcast’s business practices — in fact, the company has been lauded for hiring new customer service reps to help smooth out its relationship and reputation. But maybe it was only a matter of time.

The latest criticism? That the company is pestering Internet customers who don’t use its modems to receive service. Consumerist reports that one customer — identified only as “BB” — is even receiving pop-up ads while he browses the web strongly warning him to “upgrade” to an Xfinity-issued modem. Read more »

Comcast Launching Startup Summit in Six Cities

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(Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock)

Forget Silicon Valley and New York, game-changing innovations in technology come from all over the country — from blue-collar towns like Philadelphia and Detroit to the sunny beaches of Miami to the hustle-and-bustle of Chicago. But what’s going on in each of these budding tech hubs? Who are the key players? How can entrepreneurs in those cities maximize their reach?

Comcast is hoping to get a handle on those questions and more with a new initiative called the Tomorrow Tour. Organized by Comcast NBCUniversal and Technical.ly, it will bring together entrepreneurs and tech innovation influencers for knowledge-sharing sessions examining how entrepreneurship, technology and innovation intersect — and how it can lead to improved startup ecosystems and better-functioning cities. It will be held in six cities across the United States. Read more »

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