Regulators Approve Charter’s Buy Of Time Warner Cable In NY

Originally Appeared in Lexington Herald Leader
By Michael Virtanen
January 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – Regulators on Friday approved Charter Communications’ purchase of Time Warner Cable’s New York subsidiaries while requiring new service commitments from it.

Charter Communications said the commitments include providing a minimum Internet data transfer speed of 60 megabits per second and offering speeds of 300 Mbps statewide in 2019.

New York’s Public Service Commission said the upgrade should benefit 2 million customers upstate since Time Warner’s highest speed north of New York City is 50 Mbps, while its standard service is 15 Mbps.

“With the conversion to an all-digital network, New Charter will introduce its 60 Mbps broadband service, enabling many Time Warner subscribers to obtain faster speeds at lower prices,” the commission said in the order approved Friday.

Time Warner has about 3.3 million Internet, video and phone service customers in New York who would become Charter customers.

Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter said it will build out service networks to reach other homes and businesses in the territory. The expansion is expected to deliver high-speed service over four years to 145,000 customers not now served by New York-based Time Warner.

“We look forward to bringing many benefits including a superior high-speed, low-cost broadband service to families and seniors in New York,” Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said

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Charter Low-Cost Broadband for Low-Income Seniors

Originally Appeared in Project Goal
January 12, 2016

During the last few days of 2015, I was pleased to hear the announcement from Charter Communications that it intends to offer high-speed, low-cost broadband connectivity to seniors and low-income consumers.  It will be available within six months of the close of its pending merger with Time Warner Cable (and the acquisition of Bright House Communications).  This new program will join similar offerings from other broadband service providers such as Comcast and CenturyLink, and one soon to be offered by AT&T.

These programs are particularly important for low-income older adults. According to a Pew survey released in December 2015, currently only 45% of adults age 65 and older have a broadband connection at home. Among older adults who are low-income, the broadband adoption rates drop significantly.

These low adoption stats are particularly troubling because few populations stand to benefit from the Internet more than older adults. Online shopping may be a convenience for many of us, but it’s a lifeline for older adults with mobility challenges. For the aging population more prone to social isolation, connections forged through social media can drastically improve quality of life. And Internet-enabled advances in telemedicine can enhance health and wellness and allow older individuals to “age in place” at home, rather than in assisted-living facilities.

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Time Warner Cable To Hold Job Fair

Originally Appeared in The Columbus Dispatch
By Tim Feran
January 11, 2016

Time Warner Cable will hold a hiring event from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Hyatt Place, Grandview Yard, 795 Yard St., in Columbus, to fill 50 positions in its Columbus operations.

The jobs are in the company’s technical operations, inside sales, direct sales, business class, advanced product support, payment services and retail workforce.

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New York State Approves Charter, Time Warner Cable Merger

Originally Appeared in DSL Reports
By Karl Bode
January 8, 2016

In what will likely be the first of many, New York State regulators say they’ve approved Charter’s $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable (including Bright House) — with a few conditions. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled that in order to get approval, Charter needs to provide Internet, TV and phone services to all homes within the current Time Warner Cable service territory – including rural areas – and provide 300 Mbps Internet speeds to all New Yorkers by 2019.

Time Warner Cable already offers 300 Mbps in New York State, and while likely would have upgraded the rest of the state eventually, this deal might expedite those efforts.

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New York State Approves Charter/Time Warner Cable Transaction

Originally posted by Charter Communications
January 8, 2015

Approval by State Public Service Commission Completes Regulatory Process in New York

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Charter Communications, Inc. received approval of its merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) from the State of New York – bringing the close of the Charter transactions another step closer. This action by New York puts Charter’s pending transactions with TWC and Bright House Networks (BHN) in a strong position as the companies continue to demonstrate that New Charter is squarely in the public interest.

“This is a significant step forward, not only for Charter but also for our future customers, and we are very happy to have obtained this approval from the New York State PSC,” said Tom Rutledge, president and CEO of Charter Communications. “We thank Governor Cuomo and his team for their leadership and we look forward to bringing many benefits including a superior high speed low cost broadband service to families and seniors in New York.”

As part of the approval process with the NYPSC, Charter also made additional commitments regarding providing a minimum speed of 60 Mbps as well as offering a speed of 300 Mbps throughout the state, building out its networks to currently unserved residential and commercial areas in its footprint, and investing in and enhancing customer service.

About Charter

Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including Spectrum TV™ video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet™ access, and Spectrum Voice™. Spectrum Business™ similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach™ brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com

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NY Approves $55 Billion Charter-Time Warner Cable Deal

Originally Appeared in Times Union
By Larry Rulison
January 8, 2016

The state Public Service Commission on Friday approved Charter Communication’s $55 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, a move that will pave the way for faster Internet speeds for all New Yorkers and more availability of high-speed Internet access across the state.

Under the draft order that the commissioners approved Friday Charter would be required to provide Internet, TV and phone services to all homes within the current Time Warner Cable service territory – including rural areas – and it would be required to provide 300 Mbps Internet speeds to all New Yorkers by 2019. Time Warner Cable already offers 300 Mbps speeds in New York City.

The expansion would mean expanding service to 145,000 customers in the Time Warner Cable footprint that currently are not served by Time Warner Cable.

The “net benefit” to New Yorkers will be $1 billion, according to the commission.

A special meeting of the PSC was held to vote on the deal Friday.

Only three of the four PSC commissioners were available to vote, which was approved unanimously, 3-0. Commissioner Patricia Acampora was not able to make the meeting, but she supported approval of the deal with the conditions.

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NY Regulators Approve TWC, Charter Deal With Conditions

Originally Appeared in Democrat and Chronicle
By Jon Campbell
January 8, 2016
ALBANY – State regulators voted Friday to approve the proposed $55 billion sale of Time Warner Cable to Charter Communications, but only if Charter meets conditions that include boosting broadband Internet speeds upstate.

The order from the state Public Service Commission would require Charter to offer Internet speeds of 300 mbps throughout the state by 2019, while offering television, phone and Internet speeds to all New York homes in the current Time Warner service area.

The mega deal between the two cable giants still needs federal approval. But with Time Warner Cable’s headquarters in New York, the state was able to review the sale and impose conditions on it.

“I’m hopeful with all of these conditions, we really are going to be in a position that in the next several years we’re going to see all New Yorkers have access to well-priced, high-speed, modern Internet services,” said Audrey Zibelman, chair of the Public Service Commission.

The deal impacts about 2.6 million cable subscribers in New York, Zibelman said.

In order to approve the deal, the Public Service Commission — which regulates the state’s utilities and cable companies — had to find it would have a “net positive benefit” on New York. Staff at the Department of Public Service estimated it would have a $1 billion economic impact on the state, which includes the boost in Internet speeds.

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NY Approves Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger With Faster Broadband, Lower Prices

Originally Appeared in Syracuse
By Tim Knauss
January 8, 2016

New York regulators today approved Charter Communications’ acquisition of Time Warner Cable. As a condition of the approval, Charter will be required to upgrade broadband speeds and to expand the availability of high-speed internet service for low-income consumers.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the deal moments ago.

Among other requirements, Charter will be obligated to provide internet service to low-income customers at a price of no more than $14.99 per month, with download speeds of at least 30 megabits per second, said Peter McGowan, chief policy advisor. Time Warner Cable currently has a $14.99 internet option, which is available to all customers without restriction, but the download speed is only 2 Mbps, according to the company’s website.

The service for low-income customers would be available to households that qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches, or for seniors who qualify for Supplemental Security Income benefits, McGowan said. All told, PSC officials estimate that 700,000 customers across the state should qualify for the service.

Charter also will be required to provide free broadband access at 50 community centers in underserved areas throughout the state.

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Faster Internet? Cheaper Prices? NY Regulators Review Charter-Time Warner Merger

Originally Appeared in Syracuse
By Tim Knauss
January 7, 2016

The state Public Service Commission on Friday will review Charter Communications’ proposed $56 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, which Charter promises will bring faster internet speeds and lower prices to New York residents.

The PSC has scheduled a special session for 9:30 a.m. in Albany to review the merger, which also faces review by the Federal Communication Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. The FCC is expected to rule on the proposal by the end of this month.

If the merger goes through, Charter would offer a minimum internet speed of 60 megabits per second, which is faster than the top speed of 50 Mbps that Time Warner Cable currently offers in most Upstate markets, the company said.

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Charter to host job fair to fill 150 positions

Originally Appeared in KCTV5.com
January 4, 2016

Charter Communications will host a job fair in order to fill 150 customer service positions.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the call center offices located at 10300 Ormsby Park Place in Louisville.

“Our goal is to recruit and retain talented team members,” said Craig Goode, vice president of residential customer care for the call center.

 

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