NY Looks To Pull Plug On Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger

NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

State regulators move to order Charter out of New York

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 states Charter failed to uphold promises and follow regulations that were set in place during the Time Warner Cable merger.

As a result of today's vote, "Charter is ordered to file within 60 days a plan with the Commission to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider (s)", the PSC's announcement said.

New York's utility regulators have moved to revoke Charter Communication's ability to operate in the state.

"These recurring failures led the Commission to the broader conclusion that the company was not interested in being a good corporate citizen and that the Commission could no longer in good faith and conscience allow it to operate in NY", the commission said in a press release. The company said its workers "remain focused on delivering faster and better broadband to more New Yorkers, as we promised".

Charter spokesman Andrew Russell responded with the following statement: "In the weeks leading up to an election, rhetoric often becomes politically charged".

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Since then, NY says Spectrum has fallen short in almost every aspect of the deal, failing to meet the incremental deadlines and obligations for several rural communities, they have engaged in unsafe field practices, and they have attempted to obfuscate their shortcomings by blaming other companies.

That pledge was one of the "most critical" conditions attached to the merger approval, the commission argued in an order posted online Friday.

Charter was ordered to pay $1 million after missing a June 18, 2018 deadline to extend its network to those un-served or underserved homes. In response to the decision by the commission, Charter noted that it had extended its reach to "more than 86,000 NY homes and businesses", which is objectively less than 145,000.

"The Company has had multiple opportunities to correct these issues and either has not done so or has been openly brazen in its efforts to avoid them", the commission said. This isn't the first time that NY has fought back against Charter/Spectrum over its dismal track record. The PSC said it is ordering Charter to sell the former TWC system that it purchased in NY, and it's "bring [ing] an enforcement action in State Supreme Court to seek additional penalties for Charter's past failures and ongoing non-compliance".

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.

Charter is the largest cable provider in the state.

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