Spectrum Cable, Internet And Phone Service May Be Booted From New York

NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

The commission ordered Charter, doing business as Spectrum, to file a plan within 60 days to ensure an "orderly transition to a successor" provider or providers for NY state customers. The PSC has been critical of Charter's progress meeting these conditions, levying millions of dollars in penalties and firing off increasingly hostile statements about the communications giant.

Charter will undoubtedly do everything in its power to block this move, so don't expect Spectrum to suddenly vanish from NY in two months, but perhaps this will at least lead to some positive changes. Charter now has 60 days to file a plan with the commission "to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider (s)", but must continue to serve its customers in the meantime.

In a highly-publicized 2016 merger, Charter bought out Time Warner Cable, significantly increasing its reach as one of the largest cable and internet service providers in the country and rebranding as Spectrum in the process.

The commission said the USA broadband provider failed to live up to its agreement as part of the merger to build internet access to an additional 145,000 households and businesses in rural areas of NY under-served by internet providers.

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NY regulators have revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state.

The company's purposeful obfuscation of its performance and compliance obligations to the state Commission and its customers.

Charter says it has extended broadband service to 86,000 homes and businesses. As a result of Charter's adamant refusal to abide by the conditions of the merger approval, the Commission ordered Charter to develop a transition plan. In September 2017, PSC and Charter reached a settlement worth up to $13 million that revised the buildout schedule and imposed a $1 million penalty (drawn from the $13 million settlement) for each target Charter missed. PSC staffers took the remarkable step of physically visiting 6,389 addresses in upstate NY to determine what Charter had done, and recommended that Charter be denied credit for 1,762 of them.

The ruling shouldn't affect cable service to the company's NY customers.

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"The Company has had multiple opportunities to correct these issues and either has not done so or has been openly brazen in its efforts to avoid them", the commission said. It claimed the commission's charges were "politically motivated" and tied to the upcoming election season.

It's unclear which company would step in to provide service for New Yorkers if Charter is forced to cease operations in the state.

A Charter spokesman did not respond to requests for further comment.

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