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

New York, Charter reach settlement over broadband vows

New York utility regulators have approved a settlement with Charter Communications to resolve a dispute over rural broadband

July 11, 2019 - 5:38 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York regulators have approved a settlement with Charter Communications resolving a dispute over rural broadband.

The state's Public Service Commission endorsed the deal Thursday. Under the terms, Charter must follow through on promises to provide broadband to 145,000 upstate customers - an investment estimated to exceed $600 million - and pay the state $12 million for other broadband projects.  

Regulators voted last year to rescind approval for Charter's 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable following concerns it wasn't meeting promises to expand high-speed internet.  

Charter has said the settlement would prevent the possibility of a costly legal battle.  

The Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter, which does business as Spectrum, agreed last year to give refunds and free services to settle allegations that Time Warner hadn't delivered promised internet speeds.

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