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Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

NY moves to break up Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable

NY moves to break up Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable

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 gave Charter 60 days 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. The combined Charter-Time Warner Cable operation is the second-largest cable company in the country.

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. "Charter must ensure no interruption in service is experienced by customers, and, in the event that Charter does not do so, the Commission will take further steps, including seeking injunctive relief in Supreme Court in order to protect NY consumers". 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". But when it provided its next update in December, commission officials said Charter did not deserve credit for more than 18,000 households it said it had connected, in part because many of them appeared to be located in New York City and not a hard-to-reach, less densely populated area. NY is giving Charter a 60-day grace period to continue operating in the state to provide service to customers, and during the time it must aid in helping to find a replacement service provider and to help ease the transition process.

Charter has 30 days to contest the order, and the company said it plans to fight the decision.

Commission Chairman John Rhodes said Charter's "deliberate and sustained failure to perform.is simply not serving" the population meant to benefit from the merger.

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

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.

Today in a move many didn't think would happen NY ordered Chater to leave the state. "But 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". "We never like to see such strong action taken against a business, but in the case of a business that is not doing what it says it is going to do, it's not just hollow promises working to the detriment of the people".

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