MARIA PANARITIS: Coming up: Wooing back customers the wrong way. But what does a recent FCC ruling on Verizon mean for you? Find out. And, breathing new life into an architectural gem in Philly. Hear who’s moving into Strawbridge’s. Plus, paying off primary debt; we’ll tell you how much the
MARIA PANARITIS: Comcast has scored a victory against Verizon. The phone company can no longer try to woo back customers trying to leave for cable phone service. Says who? The FCC. Federal regulators have agreed with a bunch of cable companies, including Comcast, that Verizon was in the wrong for trying to keep customers from defecting to its cable rivals. Verizon’s program worked like this: A Verizon customer would sign up for cable phone service; the cable company would notify Verizon to transfer the phone number; and Verizon would -bombard the soon-to-be-departed customer with aggressive incentives to stay. According to the FCC, that’s a no-no. It violates standards, the commission said. But that troubles FCC chief Kevin Martin, who cast the sole dissenting vote in favor of Verizon, stating that the ban could thwart competition.
Gimbels. Lit Bros. Snellenberg's. Strawbridge’s. Wanamaker’s. Names that once made Market East a department store wonderland. Blue chip retailers who vanished in the age of big box shopping. But developers say they’re ready to breathe life into one of the grand old
Hillary Clinton owes Pennsylvanians big-time for her blowout win during the April primary. No, she really owes them. Almost a quarter of a million dollars, in fact. Campaign finance records show
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