Why Is A City That Can Barely Keep Its Schools Open Giving Millions To A Mega Corporation?

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I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, there was a strict rule about homework coming before television. Maybe Philly, which has been having a hard time keeping its public schools open, should take note.

Good thing this is only happening in Philadelphia, right?! (Bwa-ha-ha-ha...)

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Male 1: Well, I mean the service is reliable, however it's expensive.

Male 2: And for a while it was nice but soon we started losing channels. After that short period it just, the price just skyrocketed.

Female 1: My bills are sky high and they don't answer none of your questions right. This is why I'm out here today because I have a bill, double bill.

Male 3: They are continually raising the price and on top of that, their customer service is terrible.

Female 2: Do you know that Philadelphia and Comcast are about to sign another 15 year contract? What do you think about that?

Male 4: I didn't know that. It's pretty hard on competition.

Female 1: This is a story about how Comcast profits in Philadelphia, while our city suffers and what we as Philadelphians can do about it.

The franchise agreement between Comcast and Philadelphia, the deal that lets Comcast sell cable in our community is about to expire. Talks are in the works for another franchise agreement, that can last until 2030. Every month we struggle to pay our bills in a hard economy and for millions of us, one of those bills goes to Comcast.

Headquartered here in Philadelphia, Comcast is one of the largest companies in the world. Comcast wants to get bigger than ever, with a huge plan to merge with Time Warner Cable, yet they pay an average of less than 12% in corporate taxes to the State of Pennsylvania.

Comcast took in 64 billion in revenue in 2013. They're not just using their profits to grow. They use their profits in Philadelphia and across the country to fight against affordable internet and cable, paid sick days for workers and good public education. Our city government needs to hear from us now. The way Comcast does business in Philadelphia needs to change. We say no franchise deal unless Comcast stop raising rate.

Male 5: Stop raising rates. Comcast fund our schools.

Female 3: Support workers rights.

Female 4: Expand internet access.

Female 5: support community media.

Group: Pay your fair share.

[Group protesting in front of Comcast]

Female 1: Now is our chance to change the story for one of corporate profit neglect to a story of how our communities mobilized and had our human rights met by our city. Let's act before another 15 years pass us by. We want to know what you think our City needs from Comcast. What's important to you, your wallet, your community and the City we call home. Now is the time to sign a petition at capcomcast.org and tell City officials to make Comcast pay their fair share.

To find out more information about the Comcast Franchise agreement, the proposed Time Warner merger and what this will mean to us and hundreds of communities nation wide, visit capcomcast.org now.

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This video is part of the corporate accountability, or CAP Comcast, campaign built by the Media Mobilizing Project.

May 29, 2014

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