State Makes Deal with Charter

Spectrum's parent company to expand broadband service as part of deal

Tom Puckett
April 19, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Spectrum Office in Amherst. May 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Albany, NY (WBEN) The State Public Service Commission says it's jointly filed an agreement with Charter for the cable company to be able to remain in New York.

Back in July, the PSC revoked approval of the 2016 merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner for failing to provide public benefits.

The PSC says Charter agrees to do the following:

 •Charter will continue to invest in network expansion to bring high speedbroadband to tens of thousands of unserved and underserved residential andbusiness addresses; including 145,000 addresses entirely in upstate New York

.•This expansion will be completed by September 30, 2021, in accordance with aschedule providing frequent interim milestone requirements, with correspondingreporting and accountability, including processes and procedures to ensureproper oversight, and monitoring of progress by the Department and complianceby Charter.

•It also will include Charter's agreement - over and above its undertaking at thetime of its original entry into the State - to spend $12 million for broadband expansion projects at locations to be selected by the Department and theBroadband Program Office.

The PSC estimates Charter will have to spend twice the original estimate, or at least $610 million.

Today the New York Department of Public Service (Department) jointly filed a proposed agreement with Charter Communications Inc. to resolve disputes over the network expansion conditions imposed by the Public Service Commission. This proposed agreement will now be issued for a 60-day public comment periodand remains subject to review and final action by the Public Service Commission," says PSC CEO John B. Rhodes.

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