NY regulators revoke Charter merger, tell them to leave

Kelley Robertson
July 28, 2018

The Commission went on to add that because of Charter's repeated failures to meet deployment guidelines and its continued efforts to mislead regulators, it could "no longer in good faith and conscience allow it to operate in New York".

The commission ordered Charter, doing business as Spectrum, to file a plan within 60 days to ensure an "orderly transition to a successor" provider or providers for NY state customers.

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.

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

"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 regulators wrote in a press release.

Today in a move many didn't think would happen NY ordered Chater to leave the state.

Representatives for Charter on Friday in an email said that the commission's action was "politically charged", an apparent reference to an ongoing dispute between Charter and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration over the company's required expansion of high-speed internet access.

The Public Service Commission had previously fined Charter $2 million for failing to meet the broadband deadlines and voted Friday to force the company to forfeit $1 million in credit that was approved as part of the merger.

The commission gave the company two months to find a new cable provider to replace its operations.

The state Public Service Commission on Friday claimed the company is not meeting public benefit conditions agreed to in 2016.

John Sipos, the Public Service Commission's deputy general counsel, said the commission "explicitly conditioned its approval [of the merger] on a host of conditions created to yield incremental net benefits to NY".

In addition to be kicked out of the state, the Commission is asking for a total of $3 million in penalties for missing previous milestones.

A spokesman for Charter, which provides services under the Spectrum brand, said the company has extended its broadband network to more than 86,000 homes and businesses since the merger.

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