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Comcast fights FCC rate caps in Spokane area

The company that has the exclusive right to provide cable TV services in Spokane says it no longer should have to follow federal price regulations. Comcast, which provides cable services under the name Xfinity, filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission in November, requesting that it be released from rules capping the price of basic cable service in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Liberty Lake and Millwood. Each of those cities has given Comcast a franchise allowing it to be the sole cable TV provider within city limits.

Education Notes: ‘Music Man’ hits stage at St. George’s School

The drama students at St. George’s School will perform “The Music Man” beginning Wednesday in the school’s Founders Theater at 7 p.m. Performances continue April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 8 p.m. The musical tells the story of professor Harold Hill, played by Jack Morrow, a fast-talking con man who comes to River City, Iowa, and promises the townsfolk he can teach their children how to play in a marching band if they buy instruments and uniforms from him. But the town librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, played by Hailey Hyde, sees through him. Falling in love wasn’t part of the swindle, but the professor risks being caught to win Marian’s heart.

Comcast TV customers must get cable box

Comcast Corp. is converting its last group of analog TV signals to digital later this month. The company is contacting about 2,500 customers in Spokane who receive “limited basic” channels through a cable plugged into a TV set.

Comcast to buy GE’s 49 pct stake in NBCUniversal

LOS ANGELES — Comcast said today that it’s buying General Electric’s 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion several years early, as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a “very attractive price.”

$14,000 grant boosts Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest received a $14,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support two programs: the Back to School Blitz and the Site Based Mentoring Program. The grant made it possible for Big Brothers Big Sisters to help 30 children get new clothes right before school started this year.

KAYU blacked out on DirecTV over fee dispute

A contract fight has unplugged KAYU-TV’s programs from DirecTV subscribers in the Spokane and North Idaho region. A blackout – which began Aug. 13 – leaves DirecTV customers in need of an antenna to watch FOX 28 shows.

Education Notebook: Fair offers goods benefiting Ferris bands

The members of the Ferris High School bands and their families will have a community fair on Saturday in the parking lot of Educational Service District 101, 4202 S. Regal St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers will have an opportunity to help support the bands while picking up items at a bargain. Items for sale include furniture, small appliances, sporting goods, room décor, clothes and craft supplies. Hot coffee will be provided by Forza Coffee Co. and snacks will be provided by Classic Cruisin’ Cuisine roving eatery.