State regulators move to order Charter out of NY

State regulators move to order Charter out of NY

That's a big deal, as Spectrum provides cable, internet and telephone services to more than 2 million subscribers in the state, more than any other company.

As a result, Charter will now have to pay a total of $3 million in penalties.

He added that the company tried to "mislead the public" by saying it had provided new service to 12,467 addresses in New York City, when in fact those households already had service. But the company must ensure that cable and internet customers' service is not interrupted during the transition to a new provider, the commission said. "Today's actions are meant to address Charter's failings and to ensure NY has a partner interested in the public good, not just lining its pockets", the PSC said in the news release.

The commission said the US 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's non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitates the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval". "After more than a year of administrative enforcement efforts to bring Charter into compliance with the Commission's merger order, the time has come for stronger actions to protect New Yorkers and the public interest". It claimed the commission's charges were "politically motivated" and tied to the upcoming election season.

The PSC has fined Spectrum Cable's parent company for repeatedly missing its broadband and network expansion targets, a condition of its merger with Time Warner Cable. During the transition process, Charter must continue to comply with all local franchises it holds in NY state and all obligations under the Public Service Law and the Commission regulations.

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Charter is ordered to file within 60 days a plan with the commission to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider (s).

A Charter spokesman did not respond to requests for further comment.

In its complaints, the commission said Charter missed deadlines for improving Internet speeds and has not delivered on promises it would get high-speed Internet service to rural communities, which the commission views as its most serious failing.

Charter Communications is the largest broadband communications company and second-largest cable operator in the nation.

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