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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 21, 2008

Comcast to Downsize its Eastern Division

By Jessica Kostek, TMCnet Channel Editor

Comcast (News - Alert) is doing a lot more than cutting its analog channels; they are soon to cut about 300 jobs from their Eastern division. The Philadelphia-based cable company began informing its employees on Monday. Nationwide, the company employs 100,000 people.
Spokeswoman Beth Bacha said the division is restructuring from six geographical regions to four: the Philadelphia metropolitan area and New Jersey; the Beltway region of the Potomac area, Maryland, Delaware and Richmond, Va.; Central Pennsylvania and the Three Rivers region of western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia.
Percentage wise, only 1.5 of the division’s 20,000 employees will be affected. But fear not employees formally known as employees of the Eastern division, Ms. Bacha assures that the company will “make every effort” to relocate axed employees elsewhere within the company.
Bacha also stated the cuts affect mainly division and regional management, not frontline workers such as cable technicians.
The eastern division serves customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Just last week, Comcast made headlines by announcing their rising rates in Tennessee from $52.50 to $55.75 per month starting November 1st. Some of the good folks in Tennessee were outraged by the inconsideracy of the monopolized company in the state.
Also, TMCnet’s Susan J. Campbell also reported how Comcast turned to SevOne, a company focused on network and application performance management tools and solutions, to reduce their performance management costs. Perhaps that’s when talks began about downsizing—geez Comcast, way to be a Debbie Downer.

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek