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April 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Comcast expands digital adapter plan, time for new approach?

April Fool’s isn’t a one-day event for Comcast customers, especially those who subscribe to the company’s most-basic cable-TV service.

Over the past three months, those customers in Washington have been surprised to turn on their sets and discover that their high-definition TVs and cable service had stopped working.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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March 10, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Former FCC boss on feds’ free wireless proposal

At a Mobile Breakfast event at the Seattle Marriott today, former FCC chairman, Kevin Martin, is giving a preview of what to expect from the federal broadband plan the FCC will release Tuesday. Martin’s now at law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs. Commenting on yesterday’s disclosure that the FCC may offer free wireless broadband access,…

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June 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM

DTV: Seattle FCC says no big issues, but advises a rescan

The sky did not fall, and American households have survived the transition to digital broadcasting. Pretty much everyone knew it was coming, and the most common problems involved people getting their signals and antenna setups sorted out, apparently. At least that’s what it sounded like, talking to Kris McGowan, director of the FCC’s Seattle office. She’s been…

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