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25 апреля, 15:21

What's in Store for Comcast (CMCSA) this Earnings Season?

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) is slated to report first-quarter 2017 results on Apr 27, before the opening bell.

25 апреля, 14:10

Media Stocks Q1 Earnings to Watch on Apr 26: DISH, TV, CETV

Three media companies DISH, TV, CETV are expected to report their first-quarter numbers on Apr 26, 2017.

25 апреля, 01:22

FCC chief to launch net neutrality rewrite this week, sources say

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai intends to launch his reworking of the Obama-era net neutrality rules, according to sources familiar with the plan, setting up a showdown on an issue that has long pitted tech companies against internet providers.In a speech in Washington on Wednesday, Pai plans to discuss his vision for net neutrality — keeping open internet principles but getting rid of the utility-style regulatory framework approved by the agency's previous Democratic majority. And he could circulate a notice of proposed rulemaking on the plan to his fellow commissioners on Thursday, sources said. That would set up a vote on the issue at the FCC's May 18 meeting. One industry source said the chairman's goal is to finish the proceeding by this fall.The FCC's net neutrality rules generally require that internet service providers treat web traffic equally and prohibit providers from blocking or slowing traffic to certain websites. Pai’s net neutrality plan will land in the midst of a maelstrom of a week as Congress buckles in to try to keep the federal government from shutting down while also wrangles over tax reform and repealing Obamacare. Some sources say his approach this week could simply be to propose doing away with the FCC's regulatory classification of internet service providers and solicit comments on how the agency can keep the net neutrality principles without that classification.People familiar with Pai's plans spoke anonymously to discuss his actions before they are announced.Pai has said he supports net neutrality principles, but opposes the regulatory underpinnings of the 2015 Open Internet Order, which gave the FCC greater authority to police the actions of broadband providers by using utility-style regulation. Supporters say the framework is necessary for the agency to have sufficient oversight over internet service providers, but Pai and telecom industry critics describe it as a heavy-handed power grab that has deterred investment.Just two years ago, the FCC’s then-Democratic majority voted along party lines to approve the Open Internet rules after a year of noisy debate that sparked millions of public comments to the agency. The rules, backed by President Barack Obama, later survived a legal challenge from AT&T and telecom trade groups when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order last June in a 2-1 decision.It's not clear how Pai will preserve net neutrality rules of not blocking or slowing web traffic while doing away with the regulatory structure the FCC used to support the rules. Earlier this month, he floated a proposal in a meeting with telecom trade groups that would see the agency cede internet oversight to the Federal Trade Commission, with broadband providers voluntarily committing to adhere to net neutrality principles.For FCC watchers, Pai's moves on net neutrality will not come as a surprise. Pai, who voted against the 2015 rules as a Republican commissioner, has already pulled back agency actions on zero-rating — allowing internet providers to favor some streaming video or other web content — and data security that were built off of the net neutrality rules.Changing net neutrality to his liking is the latest regulatory rollback for Pai, who has wasted no time talking with companies and lawmakers to advance his agenda at the FCC. His stab at new net neutrality rules will pit powerful interests against other powerful interests given that tech companies such as Google and Netflix have supported the rules now in place while internet providers like Comcast and AT&T are more likely to get behind Pai’s changes.Left-leaning consumer groups and Democrats have already promised a fierce fight to preserve the existing framework.In recent weeks, Pai has been meeting with telecom trade groups and tech industry executives to discuss the future of net neutrality. He said he solicited ideas on online consumer protections during a Silicon Valley trip last week that included conversations with Facebook, Cisco, Intel and Oracle executives. Asked for comment, the FCC confirmed Pai is giving a speech Wednesday but declined to provide details.Ashley Gold and Li Zhou contributed to this report.

24 апреля, 21:38

What You Don't Know About Credit Card Billing Cycles Will Blow Your Mind

Billing cycles can really mess with your head. Don't take my word for it. Consider what happened to Michael Dearing, a registered nurse from Chicago, when Comcast adjusted -- or in his words "played with" -- his billing cycles recently. "For about two years, our due date was always the 24th," he says. "Then, over the next 12 months, the date moved to the 23rd, then the 20th. By the time the year was up, a few months ago, the new billing date was the 17th -- a full week earlier." Ah, billing cycles! The mysterious corporate actions to remove money from your bank account on a pre-determined day -- or to return it. While it may be a source of profit to the company, it's also an endless cause of aggravation to customers like Dearing, and maybe to you, too. There are two billing cycles that really matter. The first is a cycle for a recurring service, like a cable or phone bill. And the second is the billing cycle used by your credit card company for refunds. Both of them come into play when you're paying starting or ending service. So if you're thinking of canceling your cable or wireless bill soon, pay attention -- this could really help. "Because we can" Billing cycles are pretty arbitrary. A lot of customers end up on the wrong side of a billing cycle when they cancel their service halfway through the cycle and are charged for the rest of the month. Why? It's in the fine print. "When I called Comcast to complain, I was told that it was their right to change the billing date," remembers Dearing. "To me, it's like an additional billing period just because they can." Comcast publishes a page that annotates its complex bills, but only mentions cycles twice in passing. There are, however, plenty of complaints about the company changing its cycles and billing for two months in a single month. A Comcast representative told Dearing the company could only keep its dates unchanged for customers "who only have one service" but not for him, since he subscribed to both cable and Wi-Fi. That makes no sense. Companies move up their cycles because having your dollars in the bank even a day earlier can have a noticeable impact on its revenues. Time is money, after all. The takeaway? For a recurring service, it's more important than ever to know your billing cycle and to pay your bill on or before the due date. Otherwise, you could accrue late penalties and in extreme cases, have your service discontinued. Also, be sure to cancel only on the last date of your billing cycle. And pay attention: Companies can shift their cycles to suit their whims, and you have to keep up. One way to avoid getting caught with a late bill is to set up autopay, but you need to monitor the monthly amounts, just in case the company decides to raise your rates with little or no warning. That happens too often. Credit card billing cycles explained When it comes to credit cards, billing cycles present an entirely new series of challenges. When you open a new credit card account, the card issuer assigns a billing cycle. For example, if you open an account on July 2, your card may assign a cycle from July 2 to Aug. 1. "In this case, every month would hold this same schedule where billing cycle starts on the 2nd and ends on the 1st of the following month," says Alex Cramer, head of cards for Final, a digital credit card company based in Oakland. Some card issuers allow you to change your cycle, but they won't allow you to change it to manipulate the due date and avoid late payments. Alas, only the card companies can do that, and their ability to play with the calendar is limited. They can change a billing cycle, but only from time to time, either at the customer's request or for "operational" reasons. Manipulating billing cycles or due dates by card issuers to trap consumers into missing payments or paying additional interest charges may be against the lawl, but not so long ago, card companies played with the calendar for their benefit. Issuers used to impose something called double-cycle billing, which effectively charged two billing cycles worth of interest even if the cardholder paid off the entire balance in the first billing month. Fortunately, the 2009 CARD Act banned that practice. If parts of the CARD Act are overturned with new legislation, we could easily go back to this. During a billing cycle, purchases, returns, fees, interest charges, payments and other fees will affect your balance. At the end of the billing cycle, your credit card company issues a statement balance for that period. The real problems with billing cycles happen during a refund to your card. That's when a company promises to return your money, but the funds don't show up for weeks, and sometimes months. Even government guidelines on refunds are at best, vague. Consider the Federal Trade Commission's guidance on refunds, which states: If the customer paid by cash, check, money order, or by credit where a third party is the creditor, or by any other method except credit where you are a creditor, you must refund the correct amount within seven working days after the order is cancelled. If the customer paid by credit where you are a creditor, you must credit the customer's account or notify the customer that the account will not be charged within one billing cycle after the order is cancelled. How is it possible for seven days to mushroom into two months? Easy. Companies and credit card issuers are allowed to take up to two billing cycles for your refund to actually be issued. I've lost count of the number of times consumers have lost patience with a company, believing they're stonewalled. But the company is just doing what it legally can. Check out my FAQ section on credit cards for details on how refunds work (or don't). Oddly, the extended refund timelines appear to be a direct violation of Regulation Z, which governs certain refunds, which states that the card issuer shall "within 3 business days from receipt of a credit statement, credit the consumer's account with the amount of the refund." It's often hard to know if the credit card company is delaying or if the company you're doing business with is dragging its feet. Getting the truth from either party is close to impossible. "Credit card billing cycles are often confusing to people," says John Ganotis, the founder of Credit Card Insider, a credit card site. But they aren't confusing to your credit card company. Nor are billing cycles a problem for the average company. Rather, they are opportunities for fudging dates in order to earn an extra dollar. It's all the more reason to know about billing cycles. Find out when yours start and end. Pay your bills on time and cancel at the right time (that would be at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of your cycle, in case you were wondering). And be aware that your credit card company is allowed to take its sweet time with a refund and that there's nothing you can do about it. What's that? There ought to be a law, you say? Please, don't get me started. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 апреля, 21:13

Should You Buy Comcast Stock Today?

Comcast stock is beating the market, but does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question we've turned to the Investment U Stock Grader.

24 апреля, 16:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: AT&T, Verizon Communications, CenturyLink, Comcast and Sprint

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: AT&T, Verizon Communications, CenturyLink, Comcast and Sprint

24 апреля, 16:28

For Many PACs, Switching Horses Fast Is Just Good Business

by Doug Weber Business PAC donors tend to be practical. Historically they favor incumbents and try to be friendly with members of Congress. Usually, that’s a safe bet: Incumbents won 97 percent of the time in House races and 93 percent of the time in Senate elections in 2016, numbers on par with those in past elections. But incumbents lose from time to time, and when that happens, PACs often quickly switch horses. The 2016 election was no different. In eight races, the challenger beat the incumbent and then — before the end of the year — collected contributions from PACs that had previously supported the sitting lawmaker. New Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.) were the biggest beneficiaries of this swing. Twenty-nine of incumbent Rep. Bob Dold’s PAC donors contributed to Schneider after the challenger prevailed on Nov. 8, combining to give him $84,000; Bacon received $75,000 from 27 PACs that had given to sitting Rep. Brad Ashford’s campaign. Democrats benefited more than Republicans from these PAC recalibrations for the simple reason that Bacon was the only winning GOP challenger in either the House or Senate in 2016. Only two winning Democratic challengers failed to benefit from PAC switching: Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who didn’t take PAC money, and Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), likely because she and Republican Frank Guinta have taken turns occupying this seat every cycle for the past decade. Ten PAC donors gave $10,000 or more to winning challengers after supporting losing incumbents. In total, over 70 PAC donors switched their allegiance in at least one race after Election Day. Comcast Corp was quickest on the draw, giving $15,000 to winning challengers in five races after backing the incumbents. Politicians come and go but their pragmatism remains constant. They need friends on Capitol Hill — preferably ones who will return their calls. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 апреля, 00:03

FCC to Scrap Stringent Business Data Service Regulations

At present, business data service is a $45 billion market opportunity per annum.

21 апреля, 20:02

Your Complete Guide to All the Things Owned by Disney

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is one of the biggest media and entertainment corporations in the world, but what companies, exactly, does Disney operate? Here's a breakdown of the companies by industry that the media conglomerate owns.

21 апреля, 12:13

13 groups that could muck up tax reform

Think health care was hard? Wait until Trump meets the factions fighting over taxes.

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19 апреля, 15:50

Comcast Corp. initiated at buy with $45 price target at SunTrust

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19 апреля, 14:29

Comcast started at buy with $45 stock price target at SunTrust RH

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19 апреля, 00:15

Is Verizon Mulling to Bid for Straight Path Communications?

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) is considering offering a counterbid to acquire Straight Path Communications Inc.

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18 апреля, 14:10

Страны с самым развитым публичным Wi-Fi

В США базируется большое количество телеком-компаний, в том числе провайдеров общественного Wi-Fi. Но, как ни странно, Штаты не являются лидером по развитию Wi-Fi. Эксперты выяснили, в каких странах выйти в интернет на высокой скорости удобнее.

18 апреля, 14:10

Страны с самым развитым публичным Wi-Fi

В США базируется большое количество телеком-компаний, в том числе провайдеров общественного Wi-Fi. Но, как ни странно, Штаты не являются лидером по развитию Wi-Fi. Эксперты выяснили, в каких странах выйти в интернет на высокой скорости удобнее.

18 апреля, 09:10

Mike Huckabee Just Spent A Morning Yelling At Comcast On Twitter

Mike Huckabee may have accidentally discovered the true meaning of Twitter.  Until now, the former Arkansas governor had been known for utilizing the platform to make “jokes” so bad not even comic Patton Oswalt could save them. But on Monday, Huckabee used Twitter much like many others: He complained about Comcast. Here are his tweets:  Is @comcast the United AL version of cable/internet/phone? Has anyone else had DEPLORABLE dealings with @comcast? #tincans&string— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 @comcast is now operated by the N. Korean missile launch team. Epic failure!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 @comcast customer service? Faster than cold molasses pouring out of pinhole; makes gov't look efficient;as fun to deal with as root canal.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 By the time @comcast shows up to fix THEIR problems after they missed THEIR appt today, my 5 year old grandson will be graduating college.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 Mafia better service than @comcast Sure they shoot you, but it's over with and they don't charge you for the bullet.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 How bad is @comcast service? I'd rather have Obama back as President than have Comcast.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 That crack about former President Barack Obama caught Comcast’s attention: @GovMikeHuckabee I'd be happy to assist with your account concerns. Please send me a DM with your address or phone # to get started. - SL— ComcastCares (@comcastcares) April 17, 2017 Although Comcast’s efforts seemed to mollify Huckabee, he couldn’t resist one last crack:  @comcast came late today-fixed the stuff-thanks! They made appt 3 wks ago and didn't show and didn't care...until the "Twit" hit the fan!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 Huckabee has used Twitter for customer service before. Earlier this month, he fired off a series of tweets blasting American Airlines, including this one:  @B_gregory @AmericanAir @AmericanAir was once great carrier. We need good competition-don't want them to be KMart of airlines. My day not ruined.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 2, 2017 He said that the problems at the airline were why he chooses to fly Delta:  @AmericanAir gate agent at DFW never looks up to assist;she should take day off. Oh she already has! Why I fly @Delta 90% of time.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 2, 2017 Days later, Delta became his target:  Hillary Clinton called. Said @Delta didn't lose my bags. She just saw them in the woods near her house.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 8, 2017 @Delta called and bags found and hope to deliver by midnight; I think it was pictures of my bags on milk carton that did it. Whew!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 8, 2017 Feeling better about finding my lost bags from @Delta; Found at Reagan Nat'l; will get them in time for @realDonaldTrump 2nd term inaugural— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 8, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 апреля, 09:10

Mike Huckabee Just Spent A Morning Yelling At Comcast On Twitter

Mike Huckabee may have accidentally discovered the true meaning of Twitter.  Until now, the former Arkansas governor had been known for utilizing the platform to make “jokes” so bad not even comic Patton Oswalt could save them. But on Monday, Huckabee used Twitter much like many others: He complained about Comcast. Here are his tweets:  Is @comcast the United AL version of cable/internet/phone? Has anyone else had DEPLORABLE dealings with @comcast? #tincans&string— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 @comcast is now operated by the N. Korean missile launch team. Epic failure!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 @comcast customer service? Faster than cold molasses pouring out of pinhole; makes gov't look efficient;as fun to deal with as root canal.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 By the time @comcast shows up to fix THEIR problems after they missed THEIR appt today, my 5 year old grandson will be graduating college.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 Mafia better service than @comcast Sure they shoot you, but it's over with and they don't charge you for the bullet.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 How bad is @comcast service? I'd rather have Obama back as President than have Comcast.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 That crack about former President Barack Obama caught Comcast’s attention: @GovMikeHuckabee I'd be happy to assist with your account concerns. Please send me a DM with your address or phone # to get started. - SL— ComcastCares (@comcastcares) April 17, 2017 Although Comcast’s efforts seemed to mollify Huckabee, he couldn’t resist one last crack:  @comcast came late today-fixed the stuff-thanks! They made appt 3 wks ago and didn't show and didn't care...until the "Twit" hit the fan!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 17, 2017 Huckabee has used Twitter for customer service before. Earlier this month, he fired off a series of tweets blasting American Airlines, including this one:  @B_gregory @AmericanAir @AmericanAir was once great carrier. We need good competition-don't want them to be KMart of airlines. My day not ruined.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 2, 2017 He said that the problems at the airline were why he chooses to fly Delta:  @AmericanAir gate agent at DFW never looks up to assist;she should take day off. Oh she already has! Why I fly @Delta 90% of time.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 2, 2017 Days later, Delta became his target:  Hillary Clinton called. Said @Delta didn't lose my bags. She just saw them in the woods near her house.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 8, 2017 @Delta called and bags found and hope to deliver by midnight; I think it was pictures of my bags on milk carton that did it. Whew!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 8, 2017 Feeling better about finding my lost bags from @Delta; Found at Reagan Nat'l; will get them in time for @realDonaldTrump 2nd term inaugural— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 8, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.