Philadelphia Inquirer May 1, 2015
As Philadelphia officials consider a new franchise agreement with Comcast for cable service in the city, some of the many positive impacts Comcast has on our great city are worth noting (“Comcast’s Disconnect,” Published April, 28).
A Philadelphia business for more than 50 years, Comcast is the lone Fortune 50 company based here and has contributed $13 billion in operations and related activity to Philadelphia in the past five years. It employs 8,000 people and plans to add another 2,800 permanent jobs once the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center is completed. The 59-story tower will become a dedicated home for the company’s growing workforce of technologists, engineers, and software architects, and will create a media center in the heart of the city.
Look around and you will see Comcast sponsoring an array of worthy causes. Its low-cost Internet Essentials program provides access for children and families who might not have it. Many local employees take part in the company’s community service efforts.
Comcast is a growing pillar of Philadelphia’s business community and has shown real civic dedication to improving the city as a whole.
Rob Wonderling, president and chief executive officer, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia