In a hearing, the New York State Public Service Commission announced their plans null the merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, which received federal approval in 2016. As such, the commission concludes that it can no longer allow the company to operate in NY in good faith.
He added that the company tried to "mislead the public" by saying it had provided new service to 12,467 addresses in New York City, when in fact those households already had service. To ensure that Charter's customers are not negatively affected during that process, the Commission further ordered the company to maintain service to the company's more than 2 million customers in NY until an orderly transition occurs.
As conditions of the 2016 merger, the PSC ordered that Charter expand service to unserved areas of the state and increase the broadband internet speed it offers customers.
NY announced Friday that Charter Communications, Inc., doing business as Spectrum, is no longer permitted to serve customers in the state.
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's non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitate the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval".
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Charter responded in its own statement that "in the weeks leading up to an election, rhetoric often becomes politically charged".
Spectrum reportedly failed to meet deadlines, attempted to skirt obligations to serve rural communities and used unsafe practices in the field.
That pledge was one of the "most critical" conditions attached to the merger approval, the commission argued in an order posted online Friday.
Regulators in NY are reneging on their approval of Charter Communications acquisition of Time Warner Cable, alleging the cable provider broke its promise to deliver high-speed broadband to rural customers. During the transition process, Charter must continue to comply with all local franchises it holds in NY state and all obligations under the Public Service Law and the Commission regulations. "After more than a year of administrative enforcement efforts to bring Charter into compliance with the Commission's merger order, the time has come for stronger actions to protect New Yorkers and the public interest", said Commission Chair John B. Rhodes.
Charter is also accused of "below standard installation and construction work" including, the commission claims, improperly installing poles and leaving detached wires laying on the ground.