Saturday, November 28, 2015

Data wars: Comcast vs. Verizon

Competition boosts service, cuts prices for Philly tech consumers

Data wars: Comcast vs. Verizon


The Penn and Jefferson hospital systems -- Philadelphia's largest employers -- are joining law firms like Fox Rothschild, investment firms like Legg Mason and other regional companies moving their data centers off the premises and out to third-party operators like Philadelphia Technology Center's Navy Yard hub, SunGard's 401 N. Broad and 1500 Spring Garden St. centers, CSC's data center at JPMorgan in Delaware, and the Google and servers in the cloud.

Telcos like Verizon and specialty high-speed fiber companies have been eager to connect businesses through those data centers. So has cable-TV-based Comcast Corp. of Philadelphia, which has been expanding its business-quality fiber lines past its old residential cable network to offer Comcast Business service to small and midsized regional companies. The competition makes well-wired hubs like Philly more attractive to tech-depended businesses.  

Comcast plans to market these services to big national corporate customers later this year, says regional group head Mike Louden, one of many ex-Verizon managers helping Comcast Business grow. More (for Inquirer subscribers) in my article in Sunday's Inquirer here

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DiStefano studied economics, history and a little engineering at Penn. He taught writing and research at St. Joe’s. He has written for the Inquirer since 1989, except when he left a few times to work at Bloomberg and elsewhere. He wrote the book Comcasted, and raised six kids with his wife, who is a saint.

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