Reports from several reliable sources indicate that the state Public Service Commission is seeking 1 million dollars from Charter Communications®. The Commission states that they are penalizing the telecom giant because they failed to satisfy the terms of an agreement to expand their high-speed Spectrum® internet service in New York.
The commission added that the telecom company had promised to expand the availability of their high-speed internet service to approximately 36771 additional businesses and homes with no broadband service by the end of December. However, it seems that Charter® has failed to meet the deadline.
In a recent statement, the Commission Chair, John Rhodes, said, “It is critically important that regulated companies strictly adhere to the state’s rules and regulations. If a regulated entity like Charter’s cable business decides to violate or ignore the rules, we will take swift action and hold them accountable to the full extent of the law.”
The officials from Charter Communications®, which is one of the best internet providers in the country, confirmed that they have decided to fight against the order from the state Public Service Commission. Spokesman Andrew Russell said, “Charter® is committed to bringing more broadband to more people across New York State.”
He added, “We exceeded our last buildout commitment by thousands of homes and businesses. We’ve also raised our speeds to deliver faster broadband statewide. We are in full compliance with our merger order and the New York City franchise, and we will fight these baseless and legally suspect actions vigorously.”
The commission had approved the acquisition of Time Warner Cable® by Charter® a couple of years ago. In addition to that, they have also approved a subsequent compliance agreement a few months ago. However, the commission had ordered Charter® to expand the availability of their high-speed internet to approximately 45,000 homes and businesses within four years and to meet all the incremental milestones during the timeline. Reports claim that Charter® had agreed to pay $1 million each time if they were unable to meet any one of the milestones.
The executives from the telecom company, Charter® filed a report in January and said that they have expanded their internet service to 42,889 residential and business properties. However, the Commission responded to Charter’s report and stated that about 14,000 of those locations already had access to a high-speed internet service. The Commission also pointed out that Charter® had to expand their service to more than 8,000 additional locations to meet the deadline.