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Charter Sunsets Everyday Low Price $14.99 Internet for New Customers in New York

Phillip Dampier May 21, 2018 Broadband Speed, Charter Spectrum, Consumer News, Public Policy & Gov't 1 Comment

Time Warner Cable offered $14.99 internet access to anyone. Charter isn’t.

Charter Communications can stop accepting new customers in New York State for Time Warner Cable’s legacy “Everyday Low Price” internet service, offering basic internet service for $14.99 a month without a contract or income qualification.

Under the terms of the New York Public Service Commission’s Merger Order, Spectrum was required to continue offering Time Warner Cable’s affordable internet service for at least two years after the close of the merger to any customer in the state that wanted it. New York was the only state in the country that put meaningful deal conditions on the Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House merger, requiring the country’s second largest cable operator to share pro-consumer benefits with its customers in the state.

The second anniversary of the merger occurred on May 18, 2018, which means Spectrum is no longer required to enroll new customers in the Everyday Low Price (ELP) plan. Existing ELP customers can keep the plan until at least May 17, 2019, as long as they do not make changes to their account that would result in their enrollment being canceled. Once canceled, customers cannot get the legacy plan back. At about the same time next year, Charter can also compel its New York customers to abandon existing Time Warner Cable plan(s), in favor of Spectrum plans and pricing, should the company wish to do so.

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  1. Smith6612 says:

    The benefit to keeping ELP around is that it is effectively a DSL killer. In most markets, the speeds run at 2.5Mbps/1Mbps or a little faster. That effectively puts it in reach of the vast majority of DSL Connections the Telco will sell, and for less. Also encourages folks to get that juicy Triple Play bundle on that note.

    I would imagine that the folks buying such a tier are not necessarily hitting the plan very hard in terms of data volume. So beyond support calls, I can’t imagine it being unprofitable.







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