NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

State regulators move to order Charter out of New York

The commission directed Charter to file a plan within 60 days for an "orderly transition" for its customers in NY to another provider.

Back in March, we brought you word that Charter was skating on thin icewith the State of NY for allegedly lying about Spectrum broadband deployments, and not living up to its promises to expand rural broadband as part of its 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable.

The commission's approval of the merger in January 2016 was contingent on Charter bringing broadband service to 36,250 new addresses per year for four years. The Commission points out that Charter is the largest cable provider in NY, and it offers TV, internet and VoIP services to more than two million subscribers in over 1,150 communities, including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and parts of Brooklyn.

NY state announced on Friday, July 27 that Charter Communications, Inc., also doing business as Spectrum, is no longer permitted to serve customers in the Empire State.

The Public Service Commission gave Charter 60 days submit a plan to hand over its NY operations to a new cable, internet and phone provider, rescinding the state's previous approval of the major cable merger. Besides parts of the Mid-Hudson Valley, the company provides service in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and parts of Brooklyn.

Charter had agreed to bring its broadband network to 145,000 unserved or underserved homes in NY as a condition of its acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

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Charter, which does business as Spectrum cable in NY, has been locked in a battle with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration over the rollout of high-speed internet access in rural areas of the state. NY will not tolerate Charter's gaslighting its own customers into believing it is meeting its promises.

"Charter's repeated failures to serve New Yorkers and honor its commitments are well documented and are only getting worse", Commission Chair John Rhodes said. "Over the last two years, Charter has, among other things, obscured and obfuscated its build-out performance, not complied with safety standards, and sought to use its limited and conditional acceptances of the approval order to effectively change the terms of that order".

"In the weeks leading up to an election, rhetoric often becomes politically charged", Russell said.

The commission said the company has failed to meet several deadlines in achieving these goals.

Charter says it has extended broadband service to 86,000 homes and businesses.

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