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Time Warner Cable Opens State-of-the-Art Learning Lab to Benefit New Yorkers and Homeless Veterans Served by Easter Seals New York

Originally appears in TimeWarnerCable.com
By Staff
October 8, 2015

Easter Seals New York Becomes Home to the 18th Time Warner Cable Learning Lab to Provide New Yorkers with Access to State-Of-The-Art Computer and Technology Centers

NEW YORK CITY, (October 8, 2015) – As part of its ongoing initiative to provide New Yorkers with access to state-of-the-art computer and technology centers, Time Warner Cable today opened its newest Learning Lab at Easter Seals New York, located at 42 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. A $50,000 grant from Time Warner Cable funded Easter Seals New York with new desktop computers, laptops, smart boards and iPads. Time Warner Cable Business Class enhanced the donation by powering the lab with complimentary high-speed Internet service.

“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with Easter Seals New York and support its mission of helping New Yorkers, especially veterans of our country’s armed forces,” said Gregg Cory, Time Warner Cable’s area vice president of operations for Southern Manhattan. “Through Learning Labs like this one, Time Warner Cable is providing state-of-the-art technologies to help bridge the digital divide for New Yorkers in today’s rapidly changing world.”

“Easter Seals New York is very grateful to Time Warner Cable for providing a Learning Lab in the Vocational Service office,” said Rita Stella, Senior Director of Vocational Services for Easter Seals New York. “These additional resources will empower the mature workers and military veterans Easter Seals serves to gain competitive technological skills that will lead to success in the workplace and increased, sustainable self-sufficiency.”

“Access to computers and other technology is increasingly critical,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “Increased access at Easter Seals is great news for the communities they serve. Thank you to Time Warner Cable for the Learning Labs initiative.”

Easter Seals New York was founded in 1922 as one of the first organizations to aid people with disabilities by providing programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs as well as their families. For the last 80 years, Easter Seals has been producing programs that enable those with special needs to achieve equality, dignity, and independence in their own communities. Because the program participants are low-income, often homeless individuals, they do not have personal access to a computer or broadband services on a regular basis. Many participants do not have experience using a personal computer or a tablet, let alone the programs and software available to assist them with resume writing and job searching.

Time Warner Cable committed in 2011 to open 40 Learning Labs in New York City by 2020 — providing low income communities with access to computers and high-speed Internet. Time Warner Cable’s total investment to equip these 40 facilities is anticipated to exceed $2 million, plus additional in-kind funding from Time Warner Cable Business Class for complimentary Internet and video services. Non-profit partners, such as Easter Seals New York, oversee the labs’ daily operations and utilize their technologies for the people they serve.

Time Warner Cable has now opened 18 Learning Labs in neighborhoods throughout New York City. In Manhattan, labs previously opened are located at the LGBT Center on 13th Street, YWCA on W. 56th Street, Chinese-American Planning Council in Chinatown, in Harlem at the Police Athletic League Center, the James Weldon Johnson Community Center, the Ali Forney Center and Penn South Social Services. In Brooklyn, labs are located at the Red Hook Initiative, Good Shepard Services in Park Slope, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and HeartShare Human Services in Bay Ridge. In Queens, labs are located at Woodside on the Move, Sunnyside Community Services and Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, and Korean Community Services, Inc. Staten Island is presently home to a lab at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton.

Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, western Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.

About Easter Seals New York

Easter Seals New York was founded in 1922 as one of the first organizations to aid people with disabilities by providing programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs as well as their families. For the last 80 years, Easter Seals has been producing programs that enable those with special needs to achieve equality, dignity, and independence in their own communities.

About Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.

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RFD-TV: Charter Will Expand Distribution

Originally appears in Broadcasting & Cable
By: John Eggerton
September 29, 2015

Adds channel to entire footprint, including major urban markets

According to RFD-TV, Charter TV has struck a deal to expand carriage of the rural-targeted program network in the remainder of the company’s footprint where RFD-TV is not carried, which includes such major urban markets as Los Angeles, Atlanta, St. Louis and Sacramento.

The rollout kicks in next month.

“We’ve crossed into some uncharted territory as a network, and this incremental growth with Charter enables millions more potential viewers to come along with us,” said RFD-TV owner Rural Media Group President Patrick Gottsch. “I am extremely grateful to the executive team at Charter. They took the time to hear us out and agreed that our service added value to their entire footprint Charter is currently trying to get its merger with Time Warner Cable improved by regulators, so expanding its carriage deal with a rural-targeted independent programmer couldn’t hurt. And could actually help.

AT&T struck a deal with RFD-TV while it was trying to get its DirecTV deal approved, and after RFD-TV and its fans pushed the FCC to make carriage of the channel a condition of the merger. (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/att-carry-rfd-tv/133758).

RFD channel got some high-profile attention in Hill hearings on the AT&T/DirecTV and Comcast/Time Warner Cable deals from legislators concerned about large media companies’ carriage of rural-themed programming. (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/att-carry-rfd-tv/133758).

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FCC starts 180-day countdown to review Charter-Time Warner Cable merger

Originally appears in Reuters
By: Alina Selyukh, Lisa Lambert
September 11, 2015

U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday started a non-binding 180-day countdown to review the proposed $56 billion merger of cable rivals Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC.N)

The FCC said it will collect the first wave of public comments by October 13. The agency also adopted a new legal framework to protect sensitive information submitted as part of the merger review, while allowing some third-party representatives to access and comment on it.

The FCC’s so-called 180-day “shot clock” is used as guidance, though is often surpassed. The companies have said they aimed to close the deal by the end of the year.

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Capital Region to host first of five hearings on cable merger

Originally appeared in Times Union
By: Larry Rulison
September 7, 2015

Sessions to focus on Charter’s proposal to acquire Time Warner

The Capital Region will host the first of five public hearings on Charter Communications’ proposed $55 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

The state Public Service Commission has scheduled the hearing for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Bethlehem Town Hall. A session that will outline details will be held at 6 p.m.

The PSC will be hosting four additional hearings later this month in New York and Buffalo.

This is the second time in two years that local Time Warner customers have been faced with having an out-of-state company attempt to take over TV, phone and Internet service.

Back in 2014, Comcast of Philadelphia sought to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal that deal fizzled early this year over concerns that Comcast would control too much of the nation’s Internet traffic.
The Charter deal, which emerged in May after the Comcast deal imploded, is not expected to face as much opposition from regulators because Charter, which is known for its relatively cheap Internet rates and consumer-friendly policies, is much smaller than Comcast and does not pose the same anti-trust threats that Comcast did.

Still, consumer advocates have been arguing that mergers of large cable TV and phone companies stifle competition for high-speed Internet access, which has become a critical component of the economy. They have been asking for stricter regulation of the Internet, making it more like a critical public utility than a luxury entertainment service such as cable TV.
Fairfield, Conn.-based Charter will have 19 million Internet and 17 million TV customers in 41 states if the deal is approved.

The PSC’s current four-member board must approve the New York portion of the deal for it to move forward. Other states, including California, as well as the Federal Communications Commission, must also approve the merger.

The PSC must find public “benefits” from the merger. Charter has said that it plans to increase the speed of Internet service in New York and other states, while lowering prices and expanding service to under-served areas of the state.

The commission is expected to vote on the deal by December at the earliest. Charter would like to close the deal by the end of the year.

Two additional public hearings are scheduled for 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Manhattan Community College and another two hearings will be held at 3 and 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Amherst Municipal Building in Williamsville, outside Buffalo.

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NETFLIX SUPPORTS CHARTER ACQUISITION OF TIME WARNER CABLE

Originally appeared in Associated Press
By: Tali Arbel
July 15, 2015

Netflix, a vocal opponent of Comcast’s failed bid for Time Warner Cable, supports Charter’s quest to do the same in a deal that would create another cable giant.

In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday, the online video company said it supports the deal because Charter says it won’t charge companies to connect to its network and reach its customers.

Charter’s policy, spread across the 19.4 million Internet customers that the larger company would serve, would be a “substantial public interest benefit” and would help get online services to consumers and promote innovation, Netflix said.

Charter’s policy and Netflix’s support of it could help sway regulators to approve the Charter deal after the Comcast-Time Warner Cable transaction fell apart in April under pressure from regulators.

Charter Communications Inc. wants to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House for $67.1 billion to become the country’s No. 3 traditional TV provider and the second-largest home Internet supplier after Comcast.

“It’s certainly a positive for closing the deal, absolutely,” said BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield, and “a nice win for Netflix.” But he there are still roadblocks to regulatory approval for Charter because the government is concerned about the lack of competition in the broadband market.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Communications Commission declined to comment because the transaction was under review.

After the Comcast deal collapsed because regulators worried that it could impede online video competitors and would have too much power over the nation’s high-speed Internet access, Charter is trying to position itself as a good Internet actor.

It proposed Wednesday that it will continue to let companies connect to its network without paying until the end of 2018. Why does this matter? Netflix Inc. fought with Comcast and other big Internet providers over these commercial arrangements and in 2014 ended up paying Comcast to connect directly to its network after congestion issues hurt video quality for Netflix customers.

The FCC has been concerned about these deals, and it has the power to hear disputes between Internet providers and companies according to its net neutrality rules that went into effect in June.

In another bid to endear itself to government regulators, Charter has said that it will submit disputes over these commercial Internet deals to the agency. It has also promised to roll out faster Internet with no data caps for Time Warner Cable and Bright House customers and said it will abide by the government’s new “net neutrality” rules against blocking and slowing down Internet traffic and creating special paid fast lanes.

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BUSINESS COUNCIL ENDORSES CHARTER’S PLAN TO BUY TIME WARNER CABLE

Originally appeared in Times Union
By: Larry Rulison
August 3, 2015

 

The Business Council of New York State is endorsing Charter Communication’s $55 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable.

The Business Council, which has 2, 400 business members wrote a July 24 letter to the state Public Service Commission saying the deal would be good for both businesses and consumers since Charter is planning to offer higher-speed Internet to Time Warner Cable customers at a cheaper price.

Here is an excerpt from the letter:

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The Retail Council of New York State, the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Mohawk Valley EDGE have also written the PSC in support of the merger.

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