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The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Some Comcast customers lost access to cable TV service in the Baltimore area on Thursday morning, as a result of "technical issues related to a piece of equipment," according to spokeswoman Alisha Martin. Video service has been disrupted for some Baltimore area customers since shortly after midnight, Martin said, and customer relations lines have been jammed since 3 a.m. Martin said she did not have a figure for exactly how many customers were affected. She said some customers have had their service restored already, and technicians are working "through the morning to restore service for all remaining customers as quickly as possible.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Comcast Corp. cable TV subscribers might have noticed a small new charge in their bills recently. After years of giving customers with "standard/expanded" basic cable service up to two digital TV adapters for free as part of the upgrade to all-digital broadcasting, the cable provider now is charging $1.99 a month per digital adapter. The new fees, being rolled out in each of Comcast's markets, took effect in March in the Baltimore area. The company, which declined to provide the number of subscribers affected, said it notified customers ahead of time of the decision and that pricing always has been subject to change.
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BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | September 18, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Holding out against fierce lobbying by the cable TV industry, the House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to cap rates for basic service and set national standards for customer protection.The 280-128 vote exceeded the two-thirds majority needed to override a threatened veto by President Bush (though it was short of the 289 votes needed if the whole House were to vote), but the bill must still clear the Senate, where the outcome is expected to be closer. A Senate vote could come next week.
NEWS
January 28, 2013
Once upon a Sunday, nervous, I sat spectating through my cable service, Wondering why, oh why, the Ravens couldn't score. While I grimaced, quite distraught, suddenly a pass was caught. A breath of life from those once at death's door? "'Tis just a fluke", I said, "a small vict'ry in a losing war. " "Only this, and nothing more. " Ah, distinctly I remember, 'twas well past a cold December, And each playoff weekend became more of a bore. Grumpily I watched my teams, sink like iron ducks it seems, As they flopped and flailed like an ostrich trying to soar.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2001
Adelphia Cable's customer service in Carroll County has improved drastically since the county's cable commission filed sanctions against the company three months ago, commission members say. The company's Internet service, however, is experiencing "growing pains," said the county's new cable coordinator, Carol Shawver. "Yes, amazingly enough, the pressure we've exerted on them actually seems to have had some effect," said Hampstead Town Manager Ken Decker, chairman of the cable commission.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2001
Comcast Corp. said yesterday that Baltimore subscribers won't see immediate changes in station lineup or their bills when its deal to buy the city's cable system from AT&T Corp. closes by the end of June. "We need to get in there and take control of the system, and there are things that get evaluated once we're actually there," said Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer. "Right now we just have the agreement that this is going to happen." However, Comcast customers in some of Baltimore's surrounding counties are about to see the cost of their service increase because of upgrades throughout the system.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | November 6, 2007
Baltimore County Council members approved last night the start of negotiations on a deal that could give county residents a third choice of cable television providers. The council unanimously voted to start franchise talks with Virginia-based Cavalier Telephone Corp., which applied for a license to offer cable service in the county. Council President Stephen G. Samuel Moxley and Councilman Vincent J. Gardina were absent. Cable service is provided to county residents by Comcast, long the area's dominant provider, and Verizon, which began offering service to parts of the county in the spring.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | June 21, 2006
The Anne Arundel County Council is poised to approve a cable franchise agreement with Verizon Communications next month after the company agreed to speed up installation to the county's northern and southern tiers. On Monday, the council unanimously approved an amendment that would bring cable service more quickly to communities such as Hanover, Linthicum and Severn in the north and Galesville in the south. "I was amazed when I looked at the map that they weren't covering Linthicum or Severn," said County Council member Pamela G. Beidle, referring to Verizon's initial plans.
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By Brian Sullam and Brian Sullam,Staff writer | March 15, 1992
If the county commissioners insist on cutting his equipment budget, Sheriff John Brown said, he will not be able to replace the department's bulletproof vests as planned.He will also have to eliminate the cable service the Carroll County Detention Center provides for inmates.Brown had requested $13,500 to be spent on equipment for fiscal 1993, which begins July 1.Of that sum, $10,000 would have been spent on new bulletproof vests.County budget analysts have reduced the sum to $4,000.The Sheriff's Department currently has about 25 vests that are more than a dozen years old.They are designed to stop a .38-caliber bullet, but most police departments now use vests that stop a .45-caliber bullet.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | January 27, 1993
Super Bowl Sunday this weekend could be followed by Blue Monday if Howard County residents who are illegally receiving cable television service don't 'fess up.Storer/Howard Cable Television is allowing those who have their homes hooked up for cable programming without paying for the service to turn themselves in to the company by Sunday with no questions asked and no risk of prosecution.But once the monthlong amnesty ends, Storer/Howard Cable TV pledges to prosecute those who are detected receiving cable illegally.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
To those of us who had our phone/Internet/cable service interrupted for several days during the recent storm, don't forget to call your provider for a financial adjustment. I don't know of a provider that is taking the initiative to automatically make the adjustment. I called my provider to make the adjustment for the six days I was out of service. They calculated the amount that I paid per day and multiplied that by six days that I was out to arrive at a $24-plus adjustment on my bill.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Some Comcast customers lost access to cable TV service in the Baltimore area on Thursday morning, as a result of "technical issues related to a piece of equipment," according to spokeswoman Alisha Martin. Video service has been disrupted for some Baltimore area customers since shortly after midnight, Martin said, and customer relations lines have been jammed since 3 a.m. Martin said she did not have a figure for exactly how many customers were affected. She said some customers have had their service restored already, and technicians are working "through the morning to restore service for all remaining customers as quickly as possible.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | November 6, 2007
Baltimore County Council members approved last night the start of negotiations on a deal that could give county residents a third choice of cable television providers. The council unanimously voted to start franchise talks with Virginia-based Cavalier Telephone Corp., which applied for a license to offer cable service in the county. Council President Stephen G. Samuel Moxley and Councilman Vincent J. Gardina were absent. Cable service is provided to county residents by Comcast, long the area's dominant provider, and Verizon, which began offering service to parts of the county in the spring.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | October 28, 2007
Glen Burnie, Maryland City and Russett would gain an unheard-of fourth option for cable service if the Anne Arundel County Council endorses a deal with Virginia-based Cavalier Telephone Corp. Cavalier's seven-year proposal is the latest in a flurry of cable proposals to come before the council during the past 16 months. During that time, Comcast Corp. and Millennium Digital Media Services renewed long-term agreements to provide service in Anne Arundel, and Verizon Communications inked its own deal to establish a cable franchise here.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | October 3, 2007
Baltimore County residents might soon have a third choice of cable television providers. Virginia-based Cavalier Telephone Corp. has applied to the government for a license to offer cable service in the county, a company spokesman said yesterday. The County Council has scheduled a vote Oct. 15 to decide whether to negotiate with the company. Cavalier would become the third major cable provider in Baltimore County, joining Comcast, long the area's dominant provider, and Verizon, which began offering service to parts of the county in the spring.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,sun reporter | March 6, 2007
Verizon cable TV deal approved The final obstacle to cable television competition in Baltimore County was removed last night when the County Council approved a deal with Verizon Communications. The county becomes the third in the Baltimore area with competition between Verizon and Comcast, long the area's dominant cable provider. Officials with Verizon, which has largely been a telephone service provider, said they hope to begin offering cable TV in parts of Owings Mills, Cockeysville and Reisterstown by summer and countywide within 10 years.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
To those of us who had our phone/Internet/cable service interrupted for several days during the recent storm, don't forget to call your provider for a financial adjustment. I don't know of a provider that is taking the initiative to automatically make the adjustment. I called my provider to make the adjustment for the six days I was out of service. They calculated the amount that I paid per day and multiplied that by six days that I was out to arrive at a $24-plus adjustment on my bill.
BUSINESS
By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | February 6, 2007
Verizon Communications Inc. has reached a deal with Baltimore County officials that for the first time would give county residents a choice of cable television providers - and, both sides said, the prospect of cheaper prices. The deal, which requires County Council approval, sets the terms for the company to provide service countywide within 10 years. Some communities near the Baltimore Beltway could receive service as soon as this summer. Verizon would compete directly with Comcast, currently the only option for county cable television customers.
BUSINESS
By MarketWatch | February 2, 2007
CHICAGO -- Comcast Corp. said yesterday that its fourth-quarter profit nearly tripled because of increased demand for its digital video, broadband and phone services, but the company's stock declined on concerns about its spending estimate for this year. Shares of Comcast fell $1.43, or 3.2 percent, to close at $42.92 on strong volume of more than 26.2 million shares. The Philadelphia-based company also said that it would split its stock 3 for 2 on Feb. 21. Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, said its net income rose to $390 million, or 18 cents a share, from $133 million or 6 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.
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