Comcast to Carry All Timberwolves Telecasts on FOX Sports North During 2014-15 Season

ST. PAUL, MN (October 28, 2014) — Comcast today announced an agreement with FOX Sports Network to carry all scheduled Minnesota Timberwolves telecasts on FOX Sports North during the 2014-15 season. In total, the Twin Cities largest cable and broadband provider will televise 75 Timberwolves basketball games on FOX Sports North.

MN Timberwolves logoFOX Sports North’s regular season coverage begins Wednesday, Oct. 29 as the Wolves take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the team’s season opener. The evening’s telecast begins at 6 p.m. with a one-hour pre-game edition of Wolves Live. FOX Sports North will also cover the Wolves Target Center home opener against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Oct. 30.

“Comcast is committed to providing the best possible sports experience anywhere,” said Jeff Freyer, Regional Vice President, Comcast – Twin Cities Region. “As big Minnesota Timberwolves fans, we’re excited to bring all Wolves telecasts on FOX Sports North to our Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota customers.”

Play-by-play announcer Dave Benz and color analyst Jim Petersen will once again be courtside for this season’s Timberwolves telecasts. Fans can also catch Tom Hanneman, Marney Gellner, and Jamie Hersch before and after every game on Wolves Live.

Check local listings for specific channel lineup information in your area.

About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Comcast To Telecast Select MSU Mankato Mavericks Men’s Hockey Games For 2014-15 Season

ST. PAUL, MN — Comcast today announced an agreement to telecast select Minnesota State University – Mankato men’s hockey games during the 2014-15 season. In total, the Twin Cities largest cable and broadband provider will televise 16 Mavericks men’s hockey games, none of which will be available from area satellite companies.

Comcast customers in the company’s Minnesota and Western Wisconsin service area will be able to enjoy the following games:

  • October 18, 2014:               MSU-Mankato vs. Minnesota Duluth
  • October 24 & 25, 2014:     MSU-Mankato vs. Alabama Huntsville
  • November 7, 2014:             MSU-Mankato vs. Bemidji State
  • December 5 & 6, 2014:      MSU-Mankato vs. Alaska
  • December 12 & 13, 2014:  MSU-Mankato vs. Princeton
  • January 30 & 31, 2015:     MSU-Mankato vs. Ferris State
  • February 6 & 7, 2015:       MSU-Mankato vs. Alaska Anchorage
  • February 27 & 28, 2015:  MSU-Mankato vs. Michigan Tech
  • March 13 & 14, 2015:        MSU-Mankato vs. TBA – WCHA Playoffs

“We are very pleased to bring Mavericks hockey to fans throughout the Twin Cities area,” said Jeff Freyer, Regional Vice President, Comcast – Twin Cities Region. “The passion for hockey in Minnesota is unmatched anywhere in the nation, and we are proud to be part of that excitement.”

Bethany Lutheran College students will produce the telecasts. Don Westphal and Dan McCargar will provide the play-by-play and color commentary. The televised games are made possible through a partnership between Comcast, Charter Communications and MSU-Mankato. The match-ups will be telecast on Xfinity Events Channel 999 and available in high-definition.

About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Comcast Celebrates LGBT Pride Month With Redesigned Web Portal And Free HERE TV Content

Xfinity.com/LGBT Features TV shows, Movies, News and “Guest” Content Curation from GLAAD;
HERE TV Promotion Includes Week-Long Freeview of Award-Winning LGBT Programming

Philadelphia, PA – June 2, 2014 — In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, Comcast today announced the redesign of its Xfinity.com/LGBT portal which features a curated collection of TV and movie selections as well as original entertainment, news and behind the scenes interviews. The company will also provide its Xfinity TV subscribers free access to HERE TV (www.heretv.com) via Xfinity On Demand from June 10 – 16.

“Comcast is proud to offer a variety of destinations, programming and experiences uniquely designed for the LGBT community,” said Marcien Jenckes, Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, Comcast Cable. “The new site will give our Xfinity TV customers even more access to the best entertainment choices with more ways to watch LGBT content year-round across devices.”

LGBT micrositeThe sophisticated new Xfinity.com/LGBT curates the best online video content from Comcast’s programming partners and provides Xfinity TV subscribers with full episodes and clips of their favorite TV shows, box office hits, relevant news headlines, community resources, and viewing recommendations for a wide variety of LGBT films, television shows, documentaries and more. Through the site, Xfinity TV subscribers can stream the best LGBT movies or television series directly to their computers or mobile devices using the “Watch Now” feature. Non-Xfinity subscribers can also enjoy access to original entertainment news stories, in-depth features, event coverage and celebrity interviews highlighting topics of importance to the LGBT community.

Key Xfinity.com/LGBT highlights to look for throughout the month of June include:

  • Comprehensive weekly “LGBT What to Watch Guide” packed information about the latest shows and films featuring LGBT characters.
  • Newly curated TV collections including LGBT Teen and film collections like Groundbreakers showcasing iconic LGBT films.
  • GLAAD National Spokesperson, Wilson Cruz takes a turn as a celebrity guest curator.
  • Behind the scenes set visits and cast interviews with ABC Family’s The Fosters and USA’s White Collar.
  • New Xfinity On Demand TV shows to watch across platforms like B.O.R.N. To Style from A+E’s FYI network.
  • Special collection spotlighting HBO’s acclaimed film, The Normal Heart featuring a host of original interviews and video clips.

For the second year in a row, Xfinity TV has partnered with HERE TV to offer a week-long freeview of the network’s award-winning LGBT programming. Original HERE TV series and specials including: Emmy-nominated A World of Dreams: Voice from the OUT100, original sitcom From Here on OUT, and fan favorites Dante’s Cove and The Lair will be available at no charge for Xfinity TV subscribers nationwide and accessible via the Xfinity On Demand menu.

HERE TV appears in 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets, including every top 10 market.

Comcast has had a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion since its founding more than 50 years ago and focuses its efforts in five key areas: diversity in governance, attracting and retaining a multicultural workforce, developing a diverse supplier base, offering a wide selection of multicultural programming, and community investment in national, regional and local diverse organizations. In 2013 and 2014, it was given a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and named a “Best Place to Work” for the LGBT community.

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Comcast Extends National Broadband Adoption Program For Low-Income Families

Internet Essentials Connects More Than 1.2 Million Americans to the Power of the Internet at Home

Company Provides $1 Million in Grants to Non-Profit Partners in More Than a Dozen Communities
to Create Internet Essentials Learning Zones

Internet-Essentials LogoWASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2014 – Comcast Corporation Executive Vice President David L. Cohen today announced the company will continue Internet Essentials indefinitely — beyond its initial three-year commitment. Internet Essentials is Comcast’s acclaimed national broadband adoption program for low-income families. The company also announced more than $1 million in grants to dozens of non-profit organizations across the country to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones. The grants are part of a multi-faceted Gold Medal Recognition Program for communities that have done the most to help close the digital divide. In addition to the grants, Internet Essentials-eligible families in the Gold Medal-recognized communities who are not currently customers can receive six months of complimentary Internet service if they apply for the program by March 18th, 2014. (See below for the list of communities.)

“In just two and a half years, this groundbreaking initiative has connected more than 1.2 million low-income Americans, or 300,000 families, to broadband Internet at home,” said Cohen. “We are also proud to join President Obama’s call to action for helping to realize his ConnectED educational goals as we announce today an extension and enhancement of our multi-year commitment to close the digital divide. Here at Comcast, addressing the digital divide head-on has long been a priority for our company. We believe the Internet has the power to transform lives, strengthen communities, and inspire a new generation of leaders.”

The grants made through the Gold Medal Recognition Program will be used to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones. These networks of non-profit partners will work together to enhance public Internet access and increase family-focused digital literacy training. They will be established in communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Miami, and Seattle, among others.

Also today, Dr. John B. Horrigan, head of research for the F.C.C.’s National Broadband Plan and a former research director with Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, released a new study of Internet Essentials customers that provides insights on policies that can inform the design of effective broadband adoption programs. The study reflects that Internet Essentials service is widely used by participants to do school work, that home users report it helps “a lot”, and that in addition to schools, full-on participation by institutions such as libraries, banks, government agencies, and employers, plays an important role in increasing broadband adoption and utilization. The full research report of Horrigan’s findings is available here.

“The research shows that for broadband adoption initiatives to successfully reach low-income families, they need to embrace two key elements,” said Horrigan. “First, they must be woven into the fabric of the entire community with trusted institutions that can help nurture and sustain Internet usage. Second, programs need to provide robust digital literacy educational opportunities that address the knowledge gap head on.”

Top research findings include:

  • Institutions are important drivers in encouraging non-broadband users to adopt broadband.
    • 98% of families said they signed up for Internet Essentials because their kids needed it for school.
    • 83% said their child’s school expected that students have online access at home.
  • Training makes a difference in how people engage with the Internet.
    • 48% say the most helpful way to learn new things is to teach themselves through reading or online videos.
    • 29% took advantage of in-person or online training resources and these users are more likely to say the Internet helps their kids with school work, how they access government services, and look for or apply for jobs.
  • Broadband adoption programs are an important resource for economic advancement.
    • 62% said they needed Internet service to look for or apply for jobs.
    • 57% said the Internet helped them “a lot” or “somewhat” for job searches.

Since 2011, Comcast has invested more than $165 million in cash and in-kind support to fund digital literacy initiatives nationally. Additional key program milestones and facts through the end of 2013 include:

  • Comcast and its community partners have provided support for free digital literacy training and education for more than 1.6 million people.
  • Broadcast more than 3.6 million public service announcements, valued at nearly $48 million.
  • Sold more than 23,000 subsidized computers at less than $150 each.
  • Distributed more than 33 million Internet Essentials brochures at no cost.
  • Welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors to the Internet Essentials websites in English and Spanish and the Online Learning Center.
  • Fielded more than 1.9 million phone calls to our Internet Essentials call center.
  • Partnered with more than 8,000 community-based organizations, government agencies, and federal, state and local elected officials.
  • Offered Internet Essentials in more than 30,000 schools and 4,000 school districts, in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

The 15 Gold Medal recognized communities that will create Internet Essentials Learning Zones include: Adams County, Colo.; Atlanta, Ga.; Aurora, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Cicero-Berwyn, Ill.; Collier, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Elk Grove, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Pasadena, Texas; Seattle, Wash.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Tacoma, Wash. Comcast is also recognizing five “most improved” communities that are eligible to participate in the two-week, complimentary service opportunity. These include: Baltimore, Md.; Lee, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Francisco; and Stockton, Calif.

About Internet Essentials:
Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person. Eligible families must have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, including public, parochial, private, and homeschooled students. We estimate a total of approximately 2.6 million eligible families live in our service area and therefore could apply for Internet Essentials.

For more information or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376, or, for Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call 1-855-765-6995.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Comcast Keeps Headquarters In Downtown St. Paul

Agreement includes major building renovations and improvements supporting more than 2,000 employees across the Twin Cities

SAINT PAUL, MN – Jan. 22, 2014 – After thorough site analysis and consideration of a variety of Twin Cities locations, Comcast has renewed its lease at 10 River Park Plaza in St. Paul in a deal that keeps the company’s local headquarters at the downtown complex through 2024. The final agreement was signed earlier this month.

Comcast LogoComcast employs more than 2,000 people across the Twin Cities, with more than 700 of those individuals based at its St. Paul headquarters. The company chose to stay at its 10 River Park Plaza location due in large part to easy access to public transportation, with a convenient bus stop at its front door and light-rail transit access within a mile of the building that will begin later this year. In addition, the centralized metro location means an efficient commute from many parts of the Twin Cities.

“With the original lease at 10 River Park Plaza nearing its expiration date, we looked at several buildings in the Twin Cities metro area as possible locations and time and again, our current location featured several traits that made it the ideal final choice,” said Jeff Freyer, Regional Vice President for Comcast Twin Cities Region. “We are excited about bringing an entirely new look and feel to our downtown St. Paul facility to meet our needs both now and in the future.”

“Today’s announcement is good news for Saint Paul,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. “I am encouraged that Comcast’s decision was driven in part by investments in much-needed infrastructure near their headquarters location. Saint Paul has a very bright future and I am thankful Comcast will continue to be part of our growth and vibrancy.”

Comcast will make a multi-million dollar in extensive building renovations to accommodate the variety of operational functions based there, which include a major call center facility, business and commercial sales teams, and administrative support staff. The renovation plan calls for major improvements in all workspace areas, including new workstations, redesigned break rooms, conference rooms, product demonstration lab, and new lobby. Renovations are expected to begin later this month, with completion scheduled for Fall, 2014.

“The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to have Comcast remain at its current location in downtown St. Paul,” said Matt Kramer, President, SPACC. “Over the years, Comcast has shown an unwavering commitment to the entire Twin Cities region through its product, network and customer service investments, and its dedication to serving the community through programs such as Comcast Cares Day, their Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Awards, and many others. We look forward to an exciting and productive partnership with Comcast in the years ahead.”

Comcast’s River Park Plaza location will continue to house the company’s Twin Cities Region headquarters staff, as well as the Billing Center of Excellence call center which serves customers across the western half of the United States. Other work groups in the building include customer, engineering, technical and IT support teams, as well as regional sales & marketing, finance, corporate and government affairs, and Comcast Business sales and support.

In recent years, Comcast has invested in significant renovations and expanded technology at many of its Twin Cities facilities, including the opening of a major call center operation in Minnetonka, and improved technical operations centers in Brooklyn Park, Mahtomedi, and Woodbury. In addition, the company has brought a new level of service and convenience for Twin Cities customers with the opening of new Xfinity Experience Centers in Roseville, Brooklyn Park, Richfield and St. Paul’s Highland Park.

About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Northeast Youth & Family Services Receives $15,000 From Comcast Foundation

Grant will be used to Support Tutoring and Enrichment Activities

St. Paul, Minn. – Dec. 26, 2013 – Northeast Youth & Family Services has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support its Service + Tutoring Equals Pride (STEP) program. STEP is a comprehensive, year-round program designed to improve the academic achievement of 62 elementary and middle school area youth who are underperforming academically and struggling socially.

Left: Jerry Hromatka, President and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services Middle: Daniel  Newham, Director, Human Resources, Comcast Right: Mike Logan, Director, Government Affairs, Comcast

Left: Jerry Hromatka, President and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services
Middle: Daniel Newham, Director, Human Resources, Comcast
Right: Mike Logan, Director, Government Affairs, Comcast

“Programs like STEP provide a community-based response, in connection with our local schools, to address the achievement gap,” said Jerry Hromatka, President and CEO, Northeast Youth & Family Services. “The Comcast Foundation grant gives us additional resources to work with students who are at risk academically and who lack a connection to school, to improve their academic success and ultimately graduation rates.”

Northeast Youth & Family Services will use the funding for educational materials, including art and science supplies for projects and experiments. The grant will also help cover fees for field trips to museums, theaters and other venues that provide participants with opportunities to expand their life experiences and positively impact their academic success.

“This outstanding community organization is taking an active role in improving the lives of local students and families,” said Mary Beth Schubert, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Comcast Twin Cities. “Comcast is proud to support the STEP program as it encourages youth to challenge themselves academically, and to pursue leadership and service opportunities.”

Northeast Youth & Family Services serves residents in the northeast Twin Cities metro area. Each year, the agency works with more than 4,500 youth, families and adults to provide counseling, support, mental health education and other educational services.

About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $123 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Comcast Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com.

About Northeast Youth & Family Service (NYFS)
NYFS’ mission is to prepare youth and families for healthy lives. The organization serves residents in the northern Ramsey and southern Anoka county suburbs and the greater metropolitan area. Each year, NYFS improves the lives of over 4,000 youth, families and adults. The agency’s primary focus is on youth ages 5-21, however it serves people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. For more information visit http://www.nyfs.org/.