Comcast just announced that they are closing three call centers in California, sending 1,000 jobs to Oregon, Washington and Colorado. The company claims it is because of California’s “high cost of doing business.”
Now, I’ve watched Comcast lobby in the Capitol for years for all sorts of preferential treatment for cable operators. The company spent $690,000 on lobbying last year. We watched as they tried to block the movement of traditional telephone companies into the video space. They have thrived on California-based monopolies for generations, and now walk away as if the state is a foreign country that didn’t help build their business.
Now, I personally believe that steps can be taken to make California a more friendly business climate. Actually, business cheered the recent workers’ comp reform.
I also feel gouged by my $130/month cable bill. But, it’s a cost of doing business (and getting “The Newsroom”).
Let’s tell Comcast to stay in California. Otherwise, those competitive products are looking awfully tempting…
E-mail Kate Oravez (or call 720-267-3009), Vice President, External Relations
E-mail Andrew Johnson (or call 925-424-0273) , Comcast’s Community Relations Regional Vice President, California
Tweet with the hashtag #StayInCaliforniaComcast
Contact your friends who lobby for Comcast to let them know that this is a really stupid move.
Friends, we wear diverse political stripes, but this is something we can work together on to keep jobs in California. Comcast isn’t a normal private company, but rather a quasi-monopoly that owes a little to the state that helped the company yield so much gold. Comcast, lay out your agenda to make California more attractive to you as an employer, lobby for it, and then you can go packing if the Legislature doesn’t respond. Right now, you’re just making excuses.
Editor’s Note – Scott Lay publishes a daily Sacramento update titled “The Nooner.”