"Charter's non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitates the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval".
Telecom regulators have ordered Charter Communications to unwind its 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable in NY, revoking the combined company's permission to operate in the state in a decision published Friday.
Chad Hume, a longtime official overseeing telecommunications at the public service commission who retired in 2015, said he can't recall an action like this from the regulator in his decades in the industry.
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Charter has 30 days to contest the order, and the company said it plans to fight the decision.
A Time Warner Cable sign and logo are seen on a Time Warner Cable store in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 26, 2015.
The cable company, which was formed when Charter and Time Warner Cable merged in 2016, hadn't extended service to 145,000 homes and businesses in the state that are in unserved or underserved areas in NY, according to a ruling from the state's Public Service Commission. The company said its workers "remain focused on delivering faster and better broadband to more New Yorkers, as we promised". Because of these misdeeds, the New York State Public Service Commission warned Charter that it could face franchise revocation in the state and additional penalties. 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.
The commission is giving Charter 60 days to come up with an exit plan from NY and has ordered the firm to pay $3 million in penalties. The state lawyers plan to bring an enforcement action in NY state court.
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The PSC has fined Spectrum Cable's parent company for repeatedly missing its broadband and network expansion targets, a condition of its merger with Time Warner Cable.
A Charter spokesman did not respond to requests for further comment.
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