New York moves to oust cable provider Spectrum
- Author: Kara Saunders Jul 29, 2018,
Jul 29, 2018, 16:41
The state Public Service Commission on Friday revoked its previous approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable. NY is also seeking $3 million dollars in penalties from Charter. NY accepted the deal at the time on the contingency that the company meet several performance goals in the future.
The cable company, which was formed when Charter and Time Warner Cable merged in 2016, hadn't extended service to 145,000 homes and businesses in the state that are in unserved or underserved areas in NY, according to a ruling from the state's Public Service Commission. We'll see how Charter responds and what actually comes of this, but with more than 2 million subscribers to Charter in NY, it's going to have a major impact on the television and internet landscape there.
"Charter's repeated failures to serve New Yorkers and honor its commitments are well documented and are only getting worse".
Charter says it remains focused on expanding broadband and said "rhetoric often becomes politically charged" in election years.
The company's purposeful obfuscation of its performance and compliance obligations to the Commission and its customers.
That pledge was one of the "most critical" conditions attached to the merger approval, the commission argued in an order posted online Friday.
Charter has repeatedly failed to meet deadlines for broadband expansions that were required in exchange for merger approval, state officials said. PSC staffers took the remarkable step of physically visiting 6,389 addresses in upstate NY to determine what Charter had done, and recommended that Charter be denied credit for 1,762 of them. The company said it has extended its advanced broadband network to more than 86,000 NY homes and businesses since the merger agreement and is focused on continuing that work. Consequently, the PSC directed that Charter pay $1 million to the State Treasury for missing the June milestone, bringing the total amount of payments ordered by the Commission to $3 million, and directed the Commission's counsel to bring an enforcement action in State Supreme Court to seek additional penalties for Charter's past failures and on-going non-compliance.
Under the order, Charter has 60 days to come up with a "transition" plan complying with the commission's decision. Although Spectrum says it made its network available to over 86,000 residents, NY was planning on 145,000 businesses and homes being serviced. Charter's claims are simply false and the Commission will not stand idly by while Charter deceives the public and its shareholders.
Charter is the largest cable provider in the state.
7 News has reached out to Charter for comment.