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The Town that Time Forgot

July 23, 2007 12:43 PM

Coudersport, Penn., once the home of the now bankrupt and subsequently sold Adelphia Communications is getting a much needed infusion for the town’s labor force. Empereon Marketing, a Phoenix-based telecommunications firm, is rebuilding the existing call center for Adelphia, there, and will be hiring some 300 former Adelphia employees whose unemployment benefits dry up in early August.

Meanwhile two Adelphia executives, John and Tim Rigas, who treated the publicly traded company as their own piggybank, await sentencing for stealing millions of dollars from the MSO they created and eventually ruined.

Empereon Marketing, a stranger to me, is a well-known company in media circles. Some of its clients are Charter Communications, Cox Cable, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and several newspaper chains.

Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development will help support the new center, bringing back jobs to the now depressed bucolic town in the middle of nowhere.

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Comments (6)

Sheri Herman:

Hey there - was tooling around the Internet and saw this BLOG and, wanted to say Hello Friend!

mreposter:

Nice to see support jobs like these staying in the USA and not being farmed out overseas.

Marianne Paskowski:

Sheri,

What in day's days are you up to? Nice to hear from you. Yes, this is a wonderful development.

Take care,
Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi mreposter,
My first thought. Although I do wonder how this company is gonna pull it off.

mp

Sheri Herman:

That's for over a lunch so email me and let me buy you one. Now onto a genuine question - although not related to your current post.

You know I have always respected your opinion and came to you for the bigger picture on issues - and you never let me down.

Is the cable tv industry getting a little embarrassed by Bill O'Reilly? Taking on the entire blogging world is a bit of a stretch considering we are now talking on one. And yeah I know its easy to say "liberal political blogs" but if my memory serves me correctly, they are the best customers for cable tv in general and all of the newer products including HDTV and VOIP.

At some point, I think, there is going to be a backlash with the finger pointed at the cable operator. What are your thoughts?

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Sheri,

I just say let it rip and see what happens. Looking forward to lunch with you.
Marianne

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