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Comcast Offers Thousands of Grants, Equipment, Marketing and Technology Resources to Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Comcast RISE Initiative Provides Small Businesses with Free Marketing Insights and Opportunities to Apply for Media, Technology Upgrades and Grants Up To $10,000

Black-Owned Small Businesses, Those Impacted Most by the Pandemic, are the First Eligible Applicants for Comcast RISE Resources and Grants.

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) today launched Comcast RISE, an initiative created to help strengthen and empower small businesses hard hit by COVID-19. The Comcast RISE program will help thousands of small businesses over the next three years. The multi-faceted program offers grants, marketing and technology upgrades, including media campaigns and connectivity, computer and voice equipment, as well as free marketing insights to all applicants.

U.S. small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the number of U.S. active business owners dropped from 15 million to 11.7 million from February to April. The study

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Comcast tests tech that enables gigabit upload speeds over cable

Just a few years ago Comcast started rolling out 1Gbps cable service and now it’s widely available in many areas across the country, but it still can’t match fiber for upload speed. Many fiber services offer gigabit speeds for customers on uploads and downloads, while the Xfinity package is limited to 35Mbps upload, at a time when people are creating more content and producing more video streams from home than ever before.

a van parked on the side of a road: Truck with signage and logo for Comcast Xfinity internet and television service, in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara, California, August 17, 2017. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).

Truck with signage and logo for Comcast Xfinity internet and television service, in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara, California, August 17, 2017. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).

This week however, Comcast ran a test that enabled 1.25Gbps speeds up and down on their live network at a home in Jacksonville. There’s no word on when that kind of service will be available to more consumers, but they were able to pull it off with their Distributed

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Comcast Reaches 10G Technical Milestone Delivering 1.25 Gig Symmetrical Speeds in Trial Over a Live, All-Digital HFC Network

Trial shows future path to delivering multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds using Network Function Virtualization technology in a hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network

Comcast today announced that it has achieved a 10G technical milestone in a trial delivering 1.25 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) upload and download speeds over a live production network using Network Function Virtualization (NFV) combined with the latest DOCSIS Technology.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201008005824/en/

The trial also represents an important milestone on the path to deliver on the promise of the industry’s 10G platform, which aims to enable 10-gigabits-per-second speeds and beyond. (Graphic: Business Wire)

At a home in Jacksonville, Florida, technicians have installed the service which is based upon a Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) that Comcast has deployed throughout the area. This advanced architecture includes a suite of software-powered networking technologies, including digital fiber optics, “Remote PHY” digital nodes, and a cloud-based, virtualized cable

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Security firm: WarezTheRemote flaw could turn a Comcast remote into a listening device

Could your cable TV device spy on you? Vulnerability found and patched in Comcast TV remote.


Security researchers at Guardicore reverse-engineered the firmware update process for a popular Comcast remote to turn the device into a spying tool.

Image: Guardicore

Security firm Guardicore reverse-engineered the firmware update process for Comcast’s XR11 remote to take control of the device. Researchers interrupted the process to turn the voice-control element of the remote into a listening device.

Once the malicious firmware update was in place, researchers used a 16dBi antenna and were able to listen to conversations inside a house from about 65 feet away.

The WarezTheRemote attack could have affected the 18 million remotes in use around the US. After Guardicore disclosed the vulnerability to Comcast, the company developed a fix that was deployed to all units by the end of September. 

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Comcast unveils new xFi Pods for faster mesh networking


New and improved xFi Pods promise to extend the range of your xFinity home network.


Comcast is offering new, upgraded hardware for its xFinity internet subscribers, with second-gen, range-extending xFi Pods that are twice as fast as the previous version, the company says. The new pods will work with existing xFi Gateways, with support for speeds of up to 500Mbps.

The new xFi Pods are available now starting at $119 each, or $199 for a two pack.

“As families spend more time at home and the number of connected devices continues to rise, connectivity across the entire home is more important than ever,” said Dana Strong, president of Xfinity Consumer Services. “In fact, since March 2020, we have seen the demand for Pods double as families

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Comcast Invests in Growth and Technology Infrastructure

Elaine Barden Leads Business Development for 13 States

Comcast today announced that Elaine Barden has been appointed Vice President, Business Development for the company’s West Division, which includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Texas, Idaho, and Wisconsin. In this role, Barden will focus on business development and the continued expansion of Comcast’s infrastructure through partnerships with residential housing developers, city economic development organizations, technology companies, and other strategic businesses to accelerate growth and enhance the customer experience.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200930005249/en/

Elaine Barden, Vice President, Business Development for the Comcast West Division. (Photo: Business Wire)

As part of Comcast’s ongoing expansion efforts, its West Division has committed to establishing additional partnerships with local developers and cities’ economic development departments. These partnerships will enable Comcast to further expand its fiber network to be inclusive of rural broadband areas,

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As Disney Retreats, AT&T and Comcast Have Options

Comcast, the cable giant that acquired NBCUniversal’s TV networks, film studio and theme parks in 2013, is now the target of an activist shareholder, Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management. The hedge fund is known for pushing needlessly bulky companies to slim down by shedding their weakest assets. In this case, that would be NBCUniversal as well as Sky, Comcast’s recently acquired European satellite-TV unit. Last year, AT&T also attracted an activist, Elliott Management Corp., concerned with the trajectory of its own satellite-TV and Hollywood assets. What the two campaigns appear to have in common is a desire to make better sense of a mishmash of businesses undergoing seismic change that have since been grievously affected by the pandemic. Disney, Universal’s theme-park rival, said Tuesday it would let go of 28,000 workers from its U.S. parks.

It all comes as the media moguls who erected the industry’s towering conglomerates exit the

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Comcast Deal to Add More Economic Value Drivers, Says 5-Star Analyst

Roku (ROKU) stock has been on a tear recently, rising nearly 16% over the past 6 trading sessions. The majority of the upside resulting from resolution to the show down between what can possibly be described as a battle between the king and the challenger to its throne.

After threatening to remove all its other apps from the OTT leader’s platform, Comcast and Roku finally reached an agreement to bring Comcast’s streaming service Peacock to Roku.

Two months into its launch, Peacock was one of the few big-name VOD streamers not available on Roku. So, after locking horns in the drawn-out negotiations who came out as the winner? As Roku’s performance can attest, the market thought Roku gained the upper hand. So does Needham analyst Laura Martin.

“To us,” the 5-star analyst said, “This battle underscores Roku’s growing power vs Comcast, the largest legacy US linear-TV platform. Roku

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Roku, Comcast battle over Peacock could see NBC apps removed from the platform


Roku may be about to lose NBC apps in its dispute with Comcast over the Peacock streaming service. 

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The battle between Roku and Comcast over Peacock is expanding, with the telecom and media giant now asking Roku to pull NBC apps from its streaming TVs and devices.

On Friday, Comcast asked Roku to remove NBC TV Everywhere apps from its platform. According to Variety, 46 apps could be affected, including the main NBC app. Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which is the parent to a host of channels, including NBC, USA Network and Telemundo, in addition to the Peacock streaming service. 

At issue are negotiations for Peacock, Comcast’s streaming service that launched nationally in July. Peacock is available on a host of devices but remains absent on

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Comcast May Integrate X1 Technology With Smart TVs

For many years, a battle was fought as consumer electronics companies competed to create their own cable boxes. However, this move was opposed by cable companies, who wished to continue selling their own boxes directly to the consumer. This epic battle was fought in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) across multiple presidential administrations, with President Barack Obama declaring his support in 2016 for an FCC effort to give consumers choice in the matter. However, the Trump Administration abandoned that effort in 2017.

In recent years, more and more home entertainment viewing has migrated to streaming services, while cable boxes have become more modernized. And now there’s a report of possibly big changes in how cable is delivered.

Protocol reported Friday that Comcast is in talks with major TV manufacturers in order to make its X1 and Flex systems available directly on smart TVs. Such a move would, per the report,

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