Charter-Oceanic Merger ‘Conditionally’ Approved

Originally Appeared in Big Island Now

By Big Island Now Staff

December 18, 2015

 

The merger transaction between Oceanic Time Warner Cable LLC’s six local cable franchises and Charter Communications, Inc. was conditionally approved by the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Cable Television Division, as announced by the state Friday.

The application for transfer of control of Oceanic’s cable franchises throughout Hawai’i was filed in July and was followed by DCCA public meetings on the merger.

Charter currently provides entertainment and communications services to approximately six million customers in 28 states.

“After an extensive review of the merger transaction application, which included statewide public hearings, we determined that the proposed transfer of Oceanic’s Hawai’i cable franchises to Charter, with the conditions imposed on by the state, is in the public’s best interest,” said CATV Administrator Ji Sook “Lisa” Kim. “As outlined in the Decision and Order, Charter is committed to improving cable networks in Hawai’i and providing a low cost broadband service for Hawai’i’s low-income consumers.”

 

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Charter To Offer $15 Broadband For Low-Income Households

Originally Appeared in Fierce Cable 
December 18, 2015

 

As it seeks regulatory approval to acquire Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications announced details on Thursday of plans for a low-cost broadband service priced at $14.99 monthly for eligible low-income households, including seniors.

Charter (Nasdaq: CHTR) is based in Stamford and offers cable service in the Fairfield County towns of Trumbull, Monroe, Newtown, Brookfield, New Fairfield and Sherman, as well as parts of Litchfield County and in Eastern Connecticut. If approved, Charter’s takeovers of New York City-based Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Syracuse, N.Y.-based Bright House Networks would make the combined company the second largest cable TV carrier in the nation after Philadelphia-based Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA).

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Charter Announces Details For Low-Cost Broadband Service: 30 Mbps For $14.99 Per Month

Originally Appeared in Fierce Cable
December 18, 2015

After promising regulators that it would launch a low-cost broadband service aimed at poorer households as part of its effort to acquire Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks, Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) has announced details of its new plan.

For $14.99 a month, qualifying subscribers will receive Internet service with 30 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream speeds, making it the fastest low-cost broadband service on the market.

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Charter Pledges Low-Cost Broadband After TWC-BHN Deals

Originally Appeared in Multi Channel
December 18, 2015

Charter Communications announced a new low-cost broadband service for low-income customers that the MSO pledged to offer within six months of the close of its proposed acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

The service, which will be offered across Charter’s footprint within three years of close, will deliver speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream for  $14.99 per month. The speeds happen to exceed  FCC’s current definition of wireline  “broadband”  — 25 Mbps down by 3 Mbps up.

Other MSOs have launched similar high-speed Internet options for low-income families. Those from Cox Communications (Connect2Compete) and Comcast (Internet Essentials) currently offer max downstream speeds of 10 Mbps, but cost less to homes that qualify — $9.95 per month. The Cox and Comcast programs also provide free WiFi routers, and Comcast’s provides access to discounted computer equipment (less than $150).

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Charter Announces Details of Industry Leading Low-Cost Broadband Service

Originally Appeared in PRNewswire
December 18, 2015

Charter Communications today announced the details of a new low-cost broadband service that the company will begin offering to low-income customers within six months of the close of its pending merger with Time Warner Cable and acquisition of Bright House Networks.  The new service will deliver the highest speeds of any comparable offering and be the first to offer fast broadband to low-income seniors in addition to low-income families, providing substantial benefits to these underserved populations and setting a new standard for low-cost broadband.

The service will deliver 30/4 Mbps speeds for $14.99 per month, making it the only low-cost internet service for low-income populations that meets – and even exceeds – the FCC’s definition of high-speed broadband. The fastest speed currently offered by comparable programs today is only 10 Mbps.  Charter’s industry leading broadband offering will provide substantial benefits for underserved low-income families and senior citizens.

“Recognizing the central role broadband plays in our daily lives and the economic challenges faced by many Americans today, we look forward to launching this offering that will provide more consumers a superior broadband service,” said Tom Rutledge, president and CEO of Charter Communications.

“Our industry-leading low-cost broadband service is just one of the many benefits these transactions will bring to our customers,” Rutledge continued.  “We look forward to providing this superior broadband service to underserved families and seniors throughout Charter’s footprint.”

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Time Warner Cable Seeks To Fill 20 Slots

Originally Appeared in Courier – Journal
December 17, 2015

Time Warner Cable is looking to hire about 20 employees for full-time retail sales positions in the Louisville market.

Company representatives will interview candidates on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Time Warner Cable Human Resources Office, 4701 Commerce Crossing Dr., in Louisville.  Time Warner Cable will not be available to meet with applicants who arrive at different dates or times then specified.

“We are looking for qualified candidates to fill a number of new and existing retail sales positions,” said Brad Waggoner, the company’s senior director of retail sales.  “These positions have considerable earning potential, great benefits and opportunities for career growth.”

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Charter Business Develops Website Targeting Large Businesses

Originally Appeared in FierceTelecom
By Sean Buckley
December 9, 2015

Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) has launched a new website that will cater to mid-to-large sized businesses looking for information about what business solutions and services the provider can offer, signaling that Charter is serious about going up market.

Complementing Charter’s existing Spectrum and Spectrum Business websites, enterprise.spectrum.com addresses a variety of industries as well as government and educational institutions, carriers and partners.

Besides offering resources such as white papers, video and infographics, the website offers a portal get in touch with a local, dedicated account representative.

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Bright House, Hope And Help Center Toy Drop Benefits Kids Affected By HIV

Originally Appeared in MyNews13
December 8, 2015

Gifts for more than 150 Central Florida kids were loaded for delivery Tuesday afternoon to make the holidays a little better for children with HIV or who have parents with HIV.

The toy drop was at the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, a center providing support to those affected by HIV and AIDS in the Orlando area.

“HIV medication and care is very expensive, so our clients don’t have the disposable income that a lot of families would have,” said Lisa Barr, executive director of the Winter Park center. “This is a way for them to normalize and be able to celebrate with their families in a way that they would not be able to,” she said.

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Charter Launches Spectrum Business Website For Enterprises

Originally Appeared in Telecompaper
December 9, 2015

US cable operator Charter Communications has launched enterprise.spectrum.com, a new website offering content and information about solutions for mid-to-large sized organisations. The new website complements Charter’s existing Spectrum and Spectrum Business websites. It addresses a variety of industries, as well as government and educational institutions, carriers and partners.

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