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Comcast timeline: Rise of a giant
Comcast timeline: Rise of a giant

Comcast Corp.'s proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the Philadelphia company nearly 30 million cable TV and high-speed Internet subscribers. The merger would consolidate Comcast's information pipeline serving the East and West coasts. Here are major milestones for the company: 1963: Comcast springs to life when Ralph Roberts buys American Cable Systems, a cable television provider with 1,200 customers in Tupelo, Miss. 1968: The company buys its first franchise of Muzak — the background music company — and begins adding franchises throughout the country. 1972: Comcast becomes a publicly traded company. Within a few years, its annual earnings top $3...