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Old August 8th, 2007, 06:14 PM   #561
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Great tower, gives the Philadelphia skyline a new apex.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:34 AM   #562
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One of the best skyscrapers ever designed for one of the shittiest companies that ever existed.
Boston is a fine city and I always enjoyed my trips there ... BUT ... Philadelphia's skyline beats Boston's skyline any day of the year.

PS ... and our Art Museum is better than yours (but you did beat beat us at the Super Bowl a couple of years ago ... so I guess we're even)
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Old August 12th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #563
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AP Interview: Brian Roberts leads Comcast into a digital future
9 August 2007

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - By many measures, this should be the glory moment for cable TV industry leader Comcast Corp.

Comcast has stepped up to meet the competitive threat from satellite TV, and customers are rapidly embracing a "triple play" bundle of digital video, high-speed Internet and phone service, which not only brings in more money but makes customers less likely to jump ship.

But Comcast's 48-year-old chief executive, Brian Roberts, knows it's hardly time for the company to rest on its laurels.

Roberts, speaking in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said Comcast is aware that cable lags satellite TV in customer satisfaction surveys. The company is taking action, even as it greatly expands the premium digital services being offered.

"We have been accelerating our growth over the last three years and we are trying to catch up on delivering quality customer service," Roberts said. "There are many things we're doing to improve the customer experience and we're already seeing early successes."

Roberts said most of Comcast's technical workers will have by year's end handheld devices and laptop computers with wireless connections so they can better diagnose technical problems at customers' homes. He said the company also is developing cable boxes that can send messages back to Comcast to identify problems when they occur.

Although satellite may not be the threat it once was, Philadelphia-based Comcast is facing unprecedented competition from phone companies, which now offer high-speed Internet connections as well as video and phone.

Verizon Communications Inc. is building an all fiber-optic network directly to the home that can move data faster than cable lines. It is spending $23 billion to make fiber available to 18 million homes by 2010. The company's FiOS services promise ultra-fast Internet connections and digital video.

In response, Comcast and its cable brethren have come up with a new technical standard that Roberts says should be able to increase the broadband speeds they can offer by 20 to 30 times, from 6 megabits per second to 160 Mbps or faster for downloads.

Next year, Comcast will start limited deployment and testing of the technology, the latest version of Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications, or DOCSIS.

But Verizon says it can currently handle 100 Mps -- and even ramp up past cable's top speed. The phone company also insists that cable will have a very hard time even getting to 160 Mps.

Meanwhile, a nascent threat is emerging in a technology that could deliver television and movies over wireless Internet connections. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission set rules for the upcoming auction of a valuable swath of spectrum that could carry video, voice and Internet through obstructions and over far distances.

Companies such as Internet search leader Google Inc. have expressed interest in bidding on what could become a "third pipe" into consumer homes to challenge both cable and phone companies.

Roberts said Comcast is still studying its options and would find partners if it decides to bid.

For now, Comcast is content to sit on the 20 megahertz of wireless spectrum won last fall through SpectrumCo, a group comprising of cable companies and Sprint Nextel Corp.Comcast is majority owner of the group, which could decide to use the spectrum to start its own cell phone network.

Tall, bespectacled and lanky, Roberts has a gentle-spoken manner which belies a fervid competitive edge. He was an All-American squash player in college and captain of the U.S. men's team in his age group when it won a gold medal at the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Just as Comcast the company is a work in progress, so too is its new home, a glass skyscraper that is taking shape in downtown Philadelphia. When it's completed next year, Comcast Center will be the tallest building between New York and Chicago, a fitting metaphor for the ambitions not only of Philadelphia but also one of its most prominent businessmen.

Roberts can see the new skyscraper from the window of his 35th-floor office, but the top of the new building will be even higher, at 57 floors.

Likewise, Roberts is trying to raise the bar ever higher for Comcast -- which was founded by his father, Ralph -- as it moves beyond its traditional business of providing TV programming.

Comcast is gaining on its competitors. On Thursday, Vonage Holdings Corp. said it added only 57,000 net customers in the second quarter for its Internet-based phone service, a field it pioneered, bringing its total to 2.45 million subscribers. Comcast has now surpassed Vonage with 3.1 million digital phone customers.

Comcast is equally active online as it capitalizes on the heavy traffic to its Comcast.net portal. The company bought movie ticketing site Fandango in April and is testing Fancast.com, an entertainment and video content site. Comcast also has created a video-sharing site, Ziddio, and one for horror movie fans, FearNet.

"We're the second-largest broadband company in the U.S. and we will be the fourth largest phone company by the end of the year and we've only been in that business for two and a half years," Roberts said.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 07:05 PM   #564
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Comcast Tower is just about full with tenants, Comcast is going to lease about 90% of it. There is talk about a second tower on the same plot of land although much smaller(20 storyish)Will be just to the left of Comcast Tower in the first photo.


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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:33 PM   #565
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One of the most beautiful skylines in the america! I love this city
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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #566
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Comcast Tower is just about full with tenants, Comcast is going to lease about 90% of it. There is talk about a second tower on the same plot of land although much smaller(20 storyish)Will be just to the left of Comcast Tower in the first photo.


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comcast center will be the tallest building in phi town
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Old August 13th, 2007, 06:52 AM   #567
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Comcast went up quick. Whats up next for Philly?

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Old August 16th, 2007, 01:49 AM   #568
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hopefully many more of this type
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Old August 16th, 2007, 06:29 AM   #569
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Old August 16th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #570
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Boston is a fine city and I always enjoyed my trips there ... BUT ... Philadelphia's skyline beats Boston's skyline any day of the year.

PS ... and our Art Museum is better than yours (but you did beat beat us at the Super Bowl a couple of years ago ... so I guess we're even)
Why don't you go back and the read what I originally wrote a little more carefully.
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Old August 16th, 2007, 05:52 PM   #571
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This is such a beautiful tower!! It will transform an already splendid skyline!
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Old August 16th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #572
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I love this tower. Excellent pics MDguy
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Old August 18th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #573
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Possible This?

And thanks Chicagophotoshop, but credit goes to those photographers at flickr
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Old August 20th, 2007, 11:31 PM   #574
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Old August 20th, 2007, 11:42 PM   #575
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Great skyline shots. This tower is a worthy new tallest.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 05:04 AM   #576
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Extremely beautiful pictures.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 07:56 PM   #577
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great pics of a great building and a greAT CITY!!!
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Old August 21st, 2007, 08:06 PM   #578
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These most recent shots prove that Philly has secured itself in the top 5 best skylines in N.America.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:04 PM   #579
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It looks nice. For something of its size and shape, it fits in well with the Philadelphia skyline. I can't wait to see the finished project.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:13 PM   #580
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Fits perfect in the skyline! Great tower!!!
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