Kate Brown Draws Heat after Shilling for Comcast


Few companies in Portland—or elsewhere for that matter—generate as much consumer hate as Comcast, the monopolistic cable, Internet and landline provider that charges more for less service than customers get in many other countries.But Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is not among the haters.Monday, the online news outlet The Verge reported that Brown wrote a glowing letter to the ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Comcast's $23 Million Settlement in Oregon


Thanks to a class-action lawsuit, about 500,000 Comcast customers in Oregon will share compensation from a $23 million settlement in overcharged late fees by the cable company.The lawsuit under the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act stemmed from charges Comcast collected during the past seven years—a $6 late fee it got from customers in Oregon.As a result, about 500,000 Oregon residents who use—or ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Fan Protest Over Comcast Scheduled Before Thursday Night's Blazers Game

Another Trail Blazers season, another year that many Portland fans throughout the Northwest can't see the team on their cable system unless they have Comcast. The Washington, DC-based Sports Fans Coaliton is back to protest this virtual Blazers blackout in much of the region by organizing a fan protest outside the Rose Garden this Thursday, Nov. 19 18 at 6:30 pm before the Blazers' home game ...   More
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Fans Protest Comcast at Rally Before Trail Blazers Game

Portland Trail Blazers fans at last night's game against Denver not only had the chance to root against the Nuggets, but also to protest Comcast's monopoly on TV broadcasts of Blazers games. Ten years ago, Comcast signed a deal promising Oregon sports fans they would be able to watch Blazers games regardless of which company provided their cable TV. Now in its fourth season, the deal appears ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

Is Anybody Awake Past 10 PM At Comcast?

Here's one from the department of small-but-ridiculous problems: Last night, in a fit of pure boredom, I channel-surfed over to the 10 pm re-broadcast of the Arizona State-Oregon basketball game on Comcast Sportsnet just to check in for a few minutes on the miserable state of Pac-10 basketball. Oregon basketball is so inconsequential these days that I arrived at Channel 37 with no idea about ...   More
Friday, January 15, 2010 HANK STERN

A Fine Whine On Comcast

Ah, the joys of single-handedly improving TV one channel at a time. A coupla weeks back, I whined how Comcast Sportsnet was ruining my "I will watch anything when I can't sleep" life. I was watching the re-broadcast of an already-played Ducks basketball game without knowing how it had turned out, only to have the scroller on the screen bottom showing the final score — not a new problem ...   More
Thursday, January 28, 2010 HANK STERN

Mad That You Can't See Trail Blazers Games on TV? Read This.

I have no idea if a new local chapter of something called the Sports Fans Coalition can move the needle on getting access for Portland Trail Blazers fans throughout the Northwest to watching their team on games broadcast by Comcast. But good on coalition organizers for trying. Here's a release from the group that we got this morning, as well as links where you can go to support the effort: Washington, ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 HANK STERN


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