NY moves to kick out state's largest cable provider

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Charter has 60 days to file an "orderly transition" plan to a new cable operator, and must continue to comply with regulations and serve all local franchises in NY state until that time.

The ruling shouldn't affect cable service to the company's NY customers.

Charter has 30 days to appeal the commission's decision to revoke its agreement to the merger. Friday'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.

"We need to seek a different provider", he said.

"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.

The commission directed Charter to file a plan within 60 days for an "orderly transition" for its customers in NY to another provider. As a result, the New York State Public Service Commission revoked the approval of the merger.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, who is running for Congress this fall, has pushed for Charter/Spectrum to live up to the promises the company made when it took over Time Warner Cable.

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As part of the approval, Charter was required to extend its broadband network to 145,000 new homes and businesses in more rural areas of the state while hitting certain benchmarks along the way.

Charter is also accused of "below standard installation and construction work" including, the commission claims, improperlyinstalling poles and leaving detached wires laying on the ground. Charter countered by claiming broadband service has been provided to 86,000 homes and businesses.

The disagreement comes down to which addresses should be counted. NY will not tolerate Charter's gaslighting its own customers into believing it is meeting its promises.

Cuomo is up for re-election this year.

Charter says it remains focused on expanding broadband and said "rhetoric often becomes politically charged" in election years.

"The fact is that Spectrum has extended the reach of our advanced broadband network to more than 86,000 NY homes and businesses since our merger agreement with the PSC", the email from Charter stated.

The commission is giving Charter 60 days to come up with an exit plan from NY and has ordered the firm to pay $3 million in penalties.

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