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NY moves to oust cable provider Spectrum

NY moves to oust cable provider Spectrum

"Our 11,000 diverse and locally based workers, who serve millions of customers in the state every day, remain focused on delivering faster and better broadband to more New Yorkers, as we promised".

NY is accusing Charter of failing to meet its commitments have led to the move.

"The time has come for stronger actions to protect New Yorkers and the public interest", said John Rhodes, chairman of the New York Public Service Commission.

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. But, the commission said, Charter soon missed its first deadline to expand its network to an additional 36,250 homes by May 2017. Charter is a communications hub for two million state residents, delivering digital cable TV, Internet services and phone service to customers.

The commission directed Charter to file a plan within 60 days for an "orderly transition" for its customers in NY to another provider.

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

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

Charter's statement did not say whether it will appeal the PSC decision, or whether it will comply with the PSC's order to sell the former Time Warner Cable system in NY.

The action by the Public Service Commission follows months of disagreements over the company's progress in meeting goals set by regulators in 2016 as a condition of their merger approval- especially an expansion of broadband to rural areas. Charter's claims are simply false and the Commission will not stand idly by while Charter deceives the public and its shareholders.

In the meantime, Charter must comply with all local franchises it holds in New York State and all obligations under Public Service Law and commission regulations.

The commission invalidated more than 18,000 addresses Charter was counting toward the total number, with most of those being New York City addresses the commission says hardly count as "less-densely populated" areas.

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. "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 2016's merger's approval required the company to extend its network to 145,000 unserved or underserved homes and businesses within four years.

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