New York State revokes approval of the Charter-Time Warner merger

NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

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. But the company must ensure that cable and internet customers' service is not interrupted during the transition to a new provider, the commission said.

Under the order, Charter has 60 days to come up with a "transition" plan complying with the commission's decision. NY is also seeking $3 million dollars in penalties from Charter.

The PSC accused Charter of repeatedly failing to meet deadlines, not filling its obligations to serve rural communities and "purposeful obfuscation of its performance".

Charter provides cable TV, Internet, and VoIP phone service to more than two million subscribers in the state. "The most critical of these conditions required Charter to expand the company's network. within less-populated areas of NY".

PSC says Charter not only missed but falsely claimed progress it did not make.

The commission said the USA broadband provider failed to live up to its agreement as part of the merger to build internet access to an additional 145,000 households and businesses in rural areas of NY under-served by internet providers.

Charter, which operates under the name Spectrum, is New York's largest cable provider.

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The PSC said that despite missing every network expansion target since the merger was approved in 2016, Charter has falsely claimed in advertisements it is exceeding its commitments to the state and is on track to deliver its network expansion.

On Friday, the PSC voted unanimously to revoke the 2016 agreement.

Charter also previously disputed the legal force of the merger conditions, saying that the state's powers are limited by federal law and that the state is asking for more than what Charter agreed to.

Representatives for Charter on Friday in an email said that the commission's action was "politically charged", an apparent reference to an ongoing dispute between Charter and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration over the company's required expansion of high-speed internet access. 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.

"Our 11,000 diverse and locally based workers, who serve millions of customers in the state every day, remain focused on delivering faster and better broadband to more New Yorkers, as we promised", the spokesman said. We asked Charter those questions today and will update this story if we get a response.

The election reference is likely to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has set an ambitious goal of giving every New Yorker access to high-speed internet service by December 31, 2018, eight weeks after voters go to the polls to vote on whether he gets a third term. Advance Publications owns Condé Nast, which owns Ars Technica.

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