New York's public service commission is trying to remove Spectrum, the state's largest TV and Internet service provider, because it allegedly reneged on commitments and has failed to properly serve customers.
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.
Charter will undoubtedly do everything in its power to block this move, so don't expect Spectrum to suddenly vanish from NY in two months, but perhaps this will at least lead to some positive changes.
Members of the Public Service Commission took action Friday to order Charter Communications out of NY.
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The 3-0 vote reflected the commission's displeasure with Charter - which provides cable TV, internet and phone service in NY state under the Spectrum name - for falling short of required broadband internet expansion in the state, especially in rural areas.
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"The time has come for stronger actions to protect New Yorkers and the public interest", said John Rhodes, chairman of the New York Public Service Commission. They may face more penalties in the state Supreme Court.
Charter says it remains focused on expanding broadband and said "rhetoric often becomes politically charged" in election years.
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To obtain approval in New York, Charter agreed to extend its high-speed broadband network to 145,000 unserved or under-served homes and businesses over four years.
That pledge was one of the "most critical" conditions attached to the merger approval, the commission argued in an order posted online Friday. 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.
Charter must also ensure no interruption in service by customers and, in the event it does so, the PSC will take further steps, including seeking injunctive relief in Supreme Court in order to protect NY consumers. Charter's claims are simply false and the Commission will not stand idly by while Charter deceives the public and its shareholders.
By its own admission, the PSC said Charter has failed to meet its commitment to expand its service network that was specifically called for as part of the Commission's decision to approve the merger between Charter and Time Warner Cable.
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