An Earthquake Shook Philadelphia Five Years Ago Today

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A photo I took on the day of the earthquake five years ago, if my photo archive timestamps are correct | Photo: Dan McQuade

Five years ago today, my world shook — literally.

Five years ago today, I worked on the 17th floor of the Comcast Center. I worked a 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. shift, which was almost up. Then, the shaking started.

I actually knew it was coming. While scanning Twitter, I saw a handful of tweets from people in Washington, D.C. They reported shaking. When my desk started to shake ever so slightly, I knew we were getting an earthquake.

It was over quickly. It was not that bad. The main sight I remember was the rooftop pool across the street from the Comcast Center — the water was going back and forth for minutes after the quake ended. Some of my coworkers were terrified — a few people just left, immediately. But once people figured out it was just a small earthquake, and not something more serious, we were fine.

Then came an announcement over the loudspeaker. Whoever was making it seemed out of breath. “There has been,” the voice said, and then a loud pause and an exhale, “an earthquake.” This person now sounded terrified. There hadn’t been any structural damage to the building, the voice said, and work could continue. Those who evacuated should return to the office to finish the day. We shouldn’t be worried.

The tone of his voice said otherwise. Some of my coworkers, previously calm, were now scared. What did the Disembodied Comcast Voice know that we didn’t? Read more »

Olympic Champ the New Spokeswoman for Comcast’s Internet Essentials

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the newly-named spokeswoman for Comcast's Internet Essentials program.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the newly-named spokeswoman for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.

It’s Summer Olympics season, but athletes and longtime champions are being recognized for accomplishments aside from their physical feats, too. Comcast announced today that it has enlisted Jackie Joyner-Kersee as the spokeswoman for its Internet Essentials program. Joyner-Kersee is a six-time Olympic gold medalist and has had a successful philanthropic career since retiring from Olympic competition in 1998.

Joyner-Kersee was the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the heptathlon (that’s the track-and-field competition that combines a whopping seven events: 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run). She is also the first African-American woman to win an Olympic medal in the long jump and the first woman to score 7,000 points in the heptathlon.

So what does this have to do with Comcast and Internet Essentials?

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Comcast Customers Can Now Pay Bills in Cash at 7-Eleven

Image via Pixabay.

Image via Pixabay.

Things just got more convenient for (some) Comcast customers. They can now pay their bills in cash at a local 7-Eleven.

Through a partnership with PayNearMe, a California-based company specializing in electronic cash payments, Comcast announced Wednesday that its cash-paying subscribers will now have the option to pay their bills close to home.

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Pa. Attorney General Urges Comcast Customers to Come Forward Following $100 Million Lawsuit

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andrewhuynh265/iStockphoto.com

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is reviewing Washington state’s recently-filed $100 million lawsuit against Philly-based cable giant Comcast and urging the state’s customers to come forward if they think they were misled by the company.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit Monday, claiming that Comcast illegally deceived customers into paying the company tens of millions of dollars by misrepresenting its Service Protection Plan and charging customers unnecessary fees for credit screening practices and service calls.

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And on the Third Day, Protesters Visited the Comcast Tower

Demonstrators protest outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

Demonstrators protest outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

Ten protesters received $50 citations from Philadelphia Police after they flex-cuffed themselves to a railing in the lobby of the Comcast Center on Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

The demonstrators “couldn’t have been more peaceful,” Ross said. They were removed from the lobby, given their citations and sent on their way, in keeping with the city’s desire to get through the Democratic National Convention without having to arrest any of the thousands of people who have taken to the streets to protest a variety of causes — the convention itselfHillary Clinton, police violence, environmental issues, etc. Read more »

Comcast Will Have All the Olympics You Could Possibly Ever Need — And Then Some

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts | Photo courtesy Comcast

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts | Photo courtesy Comcast

Remember the Olympics? The world’s social and political climate may have shadowed this summer’s grand sporting event, but the games are still happening in less than two weeks. About 207 countries and 10,500 athletes are expected to participate, and Comcast says it will capture it all. The company has been working all along to bring fans a viewing experience of the future, they say.

For the Olympic enthusiasts out there, Comcast and NBCUniversal will record every single event and have a projected 6,775 hours of Olympic content available, including live, on demand and online streaming content.

If you sat down to watch that content straight through, you’d be at it for 250 days.

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Comcast Rolls Out “WiFi on Wheels” for DNC

WiFi on Wheels

Comcast’s “WiFi on Wheels” will hit the streets next week to keep people plugged in during the Democratic National Convention.

The WoW vans are essentially mobile amenity hotspots that each hold six Ericsson Wi-Fi access points, which can project internet speeds five times faster than cellular phones, according to the company. Connection is available to those within a 500-foot range of a van.

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Comcast Expands Internet Access for Thousands of Low-Income Families

Comcast Center | Jeff Fusco

Comcast Center | Jeff Fusco

About 35,000 households across Philadelphia are now eligible to apply for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s high-speed internet program for low-income families.

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also announced today that nationwide, an estimated total of 2 million households will now have access to the internet program.

The expansion follows several other attempts by Comcast to increase access to low-income families through pilot programs in the last year, and is also possible through HUD’s ConnectHome, an initiative of the Obama Administration to expand high-speed affordable broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and electronic devices to all Americans.

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Comcast to Satisfy Your Connectivity Needs During DNC

Wells Fargo Center | Photo by PHL Approach via Wikimedia Commons.

Wells Fargo Center | Photo by PHL Approach via Wikimedia Commons.

Comcast Business has been named the official broadband and telecommunications provider for the Democratic National Convention, the Philadelphia host committee announced on Tuesday.

No surprise here. In Philadelphia, the media giant has already made moves to upgrade its XFinity WiFi network at several transportation hubs around the city in time for the influx of an anticipated 50,000 guests in town July 25th-28th.

At the Wells Fargo Center, where the main convention events will take place, Comcast will provide network connections for internet, WiFi, Ethernet, Voice and TV services for convention attendees, operations personnel and vendors working in the arena.

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Comcast Opens Wi-Fi Hotspots to Ease Commuter Woes

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Comcast announced on Tuesday that it is opening up free access to more than 150 XFinity WiFi hotspots at SEPTA Regional Rail and High Speed Line stations throughout the region.

The move is an effort to help SEPTA riders stay connected and productive while the trains run on a modified schedule, the company says. At the beginning of the month, SEPTA removed a third of its train cars after discovering a defect in its Silverliner V cars.

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