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Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95

When beltless polyester pants became the rage in the early 1960s, Ralph J. Roberts knew it was time to move on. He sold his company that specialized in men's belts and suspenders and plunked the proceeds into a “community antenna television system” — a small network of antennas in Tupelo, Miss., that, for $5 a month, liberated frustrated viewers from fuzzy pictures by providing clear TV signals. Over the next few decades, Roberts turned that humble network into Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable TV company, and built it into far more than a supplier of TV channels by reaching into new frontiers of communications, including high-speed Internet...

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