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New Yorkers: The PSC Wants Your Views on the Charter Spectrum Settlement

Phillip Dampier May 16, 2019 Charter Spectrum, Consumer News, Public Policy & Gov't 18 Comments

Back in April, Charter Communications and staffers from the New York Department of Public Service (Public Service Commission) reached a tentative settlement to resolve a dispute over whether Charter violated the terms of the 2016 Merger Order granting approval of the acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Most of the contention came over Charter’s ability to meet the timeline for expanding cable service to an additional 145,000 unserved address in New York State and whether the company counted ineligible addresses towards their target.

Under the terms of the settlement, which still requires approval by the Commission, Charter agrees to:

  1. Continue to invest in network expansion to bring high speed broadband to 145,000 unserved addresses in New York outside of the New York City metropolitan area.
  2. Complete expansion no later than September 30, 2021, under a schedule that will be closely monitored by state regulators to ensure compliance.
  3. Agree, over and above the original merger conditions, to spend an additional $12 million for broadband expansion projects to be selected by the PSC and the New York State Broadband Program Office (including some addresses previously assigned HughesNet satellite broadband.)

The PSC now wants to receive comments from interested parties about the proposed settlement. If the agreement is approved, Charter Spectrum will remain in New York as the state’s largest cable operator.

How to Comment:

Make sure to reference: “Case 15-M-0388 – Settlement Agreement” in your written comments.

Website

Comments may be entered directly into the case file by clicking here. Then click on the “Post Comments” button at the top of the page and input your comments using the form provided.

E-Mail

Send comments to: Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, at [email protected]

Mail

Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess
Secretary
Public Service Commission
Three Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223-1350

All comments must be received by July 8, 2019.

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Darin Fonseca
Darin Fonseca
1 year ago

This Terrible new,how can u let a company buy their way out knowing their faults and lie about it,lie to their customers and employees,espically the 1800 that’s been on strike for the past 2 years,

WV
WV
1 year ago
Reply to  Darin Fonseca
J Rosado
J Rosado
1 year ago
Reply to  Darin Fonseca

there were never 1800 techs on strike

William Jimenez
William Jimenez
1 year ago

Spectrum is the worse cable Company in USA

WV
WV
1 year ago

Post your comments on the PSC site under the “public comments” tab: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=15-m-0388

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

You sold us out

WV
WV
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric

Post your comments on the PSC site under the “public comments” tab: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=15-m-0388

Saul
Saul
1 year ago

What about the 1800 workers on Strike for the 2 past years? You sold us out and left us out to dry.

WV
WV
1 year ago
Reply to  Saul

Post your comments on the PSC site under the “public comments” tab: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=15-m-0388

j rosado
j rosado
1 year ago

there are no underpaid replacements, everyone working for Spectrum gets paid more than any tech before

Dawn Casey
Dawn Casey
1 year ago

I agree with Phillip Dampier. A condition of letting them stay should be to settle with the striking workers. Otherwise, kick them out and take the scabs who crossed the picket line with them.

Patrick
Patrick
1 year ago

1800 technicians on Strike in NYC losing they’re homes, families and jobs. How can America allow this to go on

Juan Torres
Juan Torres
1 year ago

Spectrum Cable Strike for 1800 workers in New York City since March of 2017. Spectrum has bought all their lies with their endless pockets and political associates that pretend they are willing to help with this situation and have done nothing but make false promises, this includes Democrats and Republicans alike including Judges -carupttion at its finest- and the list goes on. This has been going on for more than 2 years with no news coverage or anything of the sort because the media was bought as well. This is very disappointing very hurtful and I’m ashamed of all of… Read more »

Christopher A
Christopher A
1 year ago

Thank you for posting this, I have left my comments on PSC website.

Melvin Arzu
Melvin Arzu
1 year ago

is a shame the way the city and the New York State have had handle the whole strike situation .it has been a win win for that company named spectrum/charter (Lowercase). They no longer should be operating in the whole state. They have no respect for anything or anyone . It’s Really upsetting you don’t care the pain they have caused to Many families including mine. And that is just a little fraction of damage compared with the one they will cause if they staying in.. then you will remember there was an opportunity to get rid of them .it… Read more »

john
john
1 year ago

they got bad service in our area Queens. internet service is always intermittent. service techs are unable to fix the issue. internet speed is unacceptably slow.

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

Spectrum is an awful company. They are abusing workers and trying to cut pension and salaries to people who have worked their adult lives for the cable company. There CEO has received enormous bonuses while he tries to cut workers’ livelihood. It is a commentary on a society that allows such things to happen. Please support all the workers in this plight. Everyone is one company merger or corporate sale away from being a worker whose salary is deemed a barrier to greater profits and bonuses for a CEO who cares about nothing but the bottom line. If we don’t… Read more »

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