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January 7, 2011 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Bell's precarious financial position could deepen to the point that the city could have difficulty providing even basic services for its residents, an audit released Thursday concluded. A county review of the city's strained finances said that if the city continues spending at its current rate, it will end up $2.2 million in the red at the end of the current fiscal year. The audit recommended cutting city services and laying off employees and possibly disbanding its police force.
May 9, 2003 | From Reuters
TiVo Inc. said it would license a basic version of its service to makers of DVD players. TiVo Basic is a free service that will allow users to pause live TV shows and record programs by time and date. TiVo said Toshiba Corp. would be the first company to produce a DVD player with TiVo Basic.
August 18, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
I'm no Type A personality, but I can say that there are few things worse than living with a terrible roommate. One of those is having to find a new roommate, fast. But finding a compatible roommate can be a long, hard quest. To help ease that burden, we scoured the Internet for roommate-finding apps and websites. Here are some of the best we found. Roommates: Finding the perfect roommate is comparable to finding a significant other. That's why the Roommates app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user's Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen potential dates -- or, in this case, roommates.
August 10, 1985 | PENNY PAGANO, Times Staff Writer
The federal court judge who presided over the divestiture of AT&T on Friday sternly reminded the regional telephone companies formed by the breakup to remember their obligation to provide basic phone service as they race into diverse new businesses. "There is a strange gap" between the public's desire for good local telephone service and the companies' desire to diversify, U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene said.
The Clinton administration is proposing a $30-million plan to help millions of low-income people open low-cost, basic bank accounts, Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said Monday. An estimated 10% of U.S. households, or about 10 million families, do not have bank accounts, in part because of rising bank and ATM fees, the closing of bank branches in poor city neighborhoods and rural towns, and distrust of banks in general.
October 1, 1987 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Paragon Cable's announcement this week that it will raise basic television service rates to $10.95 came as no surprise to officials in the five South Bay cities it serves. "For the last four years our $6.95 rate for basic service has been perhaps the lowest, or among the lowest, in the country," said Larry Bender, Hawthorne's cable television administrator. "We are not surprised by the increase. This is still very low compared to other systems in the county and in the South Bay."
April 12, 1985 | PENNY PAGANO, Times Staff Writer
In a victory for the cable-television industry over local regulators, the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that cable systems will be free from local rate regulation for basic services in cable franchise markets where consumers receive three or more broadcast signals. The commission took the action as it amended its rules to implement a 1984 landmark cable deregulation bill. "The FCC action today marks the end of a long and difficult effort," said James P.
This city's ongoing battle with Comcast over cable television rates came to an end Monday night as the City Council ratified a new contract with the cable giant, raising basic access rates by 6.3% but putting a lid on other fee increases. After a sparsely attended public hearing, the City Council voted 4 to 0, with Councilwoman Barbara Williamson absent, to sign a two-year contract that will raise the monthly cost of basic cable service by $1.49 to $23.39 on May 15.
November 24, 2004 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles officials announced Tuesday they have settled a dispute with Adelphia Communications Corp. that will freeze most cable rates until July, reduce the cost of the least expensive monthly service to $12 and cut an infrastructure surcharge over the next 12 years by nearly $68 million.
December 16, 1990 | ROBERT HORWITZ, Robert Horwitz is an associate professor of communication at UC San Diego
Cox Cable San Diego recently announced a $2 increase in its monthly price for basic cable television service--from $17.95 to $19.95--a jump of more than 11%. For the angry subscriber whose yearly cable bill costs about as much as a television set, unfortunately, there is no recourse. The only thing TV viewers can do is go back to an antenna. Cable operators are, for the most part, local monopolists, free from effective competition, yet unhindered by public regulation.
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