Spectrum Might Get Kicked Out Of New York For ‘Recurring Failures’

NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

On Friday, the commission escalated that battle by revoking its approval of the 2016 Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, which would prevent the company from operating in ny and will likely launch a prolonged court battle.

The Public Service Commission's order requires the company to maintain its service throughout the state while planning for a transition to a new company.

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has withdrawn its approval of the Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable merger.

The commission alleges Charter has repeatedly failed to meet deadlines for improving internet speeds and has attempted to skirt obligations to provide high-speed internet to rural communities.

"It's high time NY cut the cord with Spectrum Cable and provided residents with more competition", Brindisi said.

"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", added Commission Chair John B. Rhodes.

The decision came after more than a year of administrative enforcement efforts to get Charter to comply with the commission's merger order, the release said.

In addition to revoking their approval of the 2016 merger, NY has issued $3 million in fines and referred the case to the State Supreme Court.

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. "Such egregious conduct can not be condoned and the only reasonable remedy that remains is for the commission to revoke the 2016 merger approval and order Charter to plan for an orderly transition to a successor provider (s) to serve its NY state customers".

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The Public Service Commission gave Charter 60 days to 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.

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.

The commission also approved a lawsuit to seek additional penalties from the company, particularly greater fines.

Spectrum is owned by Charter Communications, which merged with Time Warner Cable. According to the commission, Spectrum has blown past every network expansion target since the merger, while falsely claiming to customers that it is exceeding these commitments.

In a statement, Charter said the claims made by the commission were "politically charged" and tied to the state's election season.

It's unclear which company would step in to provide service for New Yorkers if Charter is forced to cease operations in the state. Charter also must ensure that cable and internet customers' service is not interrupted during the transition.

With its decision, the PSC determined "Charter failed to deliver the benefits to New Yorkers that were at the core of the merger approval".

NY authorities have moved to oust Spectrum, the state's largest TV and internet service provider, claiming the company failed to serve customers and live up to promises.

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