Comcast Kicks Off Internet Essentials Program and 4 Media Titans Making Waves

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Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA): Today, the company began the second year of its Internet Essentials, which is an a broadband adoption program that is intended to assist in closing the digital divide for low-income Americans, at a special event that took place at Kramer Middle School in Washington, D.C. Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen was joined by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Kramer MiddleSchool Principal Kwame Simmons, and former NFL Coach and Internet Essentials spokesman Tony Dungy to discuss the program’s new enhancements and to distribute hundreds of backpacks containing school supplies and information regarding Internet Essentials to students in relation with the Backpacks 4 Kids program.

SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI): The Internet Radio Fairness Act has come to congress, and it is intended to move “noninteractive online radio services” such as Pandora (NYSE:P) and iHeartRadio from their current royalty model to one hopefully resulting in reduced rates similar to those paid by satellite radio providers such as Sirius XM, reports the New York Times.

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