TWC expands Wi-Fi network to North Carolina, now up to only 125,000 hotspots

Originally appeared in FierceCable
By: Daniel Frakel
November 9, 2015

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) confirmed it has only deployed 125,000 public hotspots nationwide.

TWC made the revelation while announcing that it has extended its Wi-Fi network into Greensboro and Wilmington, N.C. Earlier deployments have taken place in Southern California, New York City, Charlotte, Raleigh, Myrtle Beach, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Kansas City and Hawaii.

TWC’s reach pales in comparison to the national reach of Comcast, which said during its third-quarter earnings call last month that it had 11.7 million public hotspots deployed — many of which stem from dual-purpose routers assigned residential users.

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Time Warner Cable completes rollout of faster Internet service in Charlotte

Originally appeared in The Charlotte Observer
By: Katherine Peralta
November 4, 2015

Time Warner Cable customers throughout the Charlotte may now realize they’re getting faster Internet speeds.

The cable provider said Wednesday it has completed the area’s rollout of its high-speed TWC Maxx service, which boasts speeds up to six times faster, or up to 300 megabits per second, for no additional cost.

The rollout also includes the upgrade to an all-digital TV lineup, bringing customers 20,000 On Demand channels. That number that will rise to 25,000 by the end of the year, Time Warner says.

“Faster and more reliable Internet, more HD video and enhanced network reliability are just the beginning of the benefits our customers will enjoy from TWC Maxx,” said Charlene Keys, area vice president of operations for Charlotte, in a statement.

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Charter takes on critics of Time Warner Cable deal

Originally appeared in St. Louis Business Journal
By Angela Mueller
November 4, 2015

Charter Communications is fighting back against those who have voiced opposition to its proposed mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in a Tuesday filing with the Federal Communications Commission.

In the filing, Charter responds to petitions that have been filed urging the FCC to deny the merger, claiming the new company would not harm video competition, Multichannel News reports.

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Charter’s Rutledge: We’re Very Bullish on the Enterprise Market Opportunity

Originally appears in Fierce Telecom
By Sean Buckley
October 29, 2015

Charter Communications sees an opportunity to grow its presence in the competitive business services market, one where it will enhance its standing upon completing its pending acquisitions of Bright House Communications and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC).

Speaking to investors during the third-quarter earnings call, Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter said that the company will continue to expand its network footprint to serve more businesses.

“We’re very bullish on the future of enterprise and we think what’s going on today is a repositioning in the marketplace,” Rutledge said.

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Charter Goes Positive

Originally appears in Multichannel news
By Mike Farrell
October 29, 2015

UPDATED: Video Sub Gains Counter Cord-Cutting Narrative

Charter Communications continued cable’s streak of improved basic video customer growth, adding 12,000 customers in the third quarter, its first positive growth quarter since Q4 2014.

Charter also increased high-speed data customer additions, adding 131,000 in the period versus 94,000 additions in the same period last year. Telephony customer additions also increased to 37,000 in the quarter, compared to 29,000 additions in the prior year.

“Clearly, 2Q15 was not a negative inflection point for the industry, and this morning’s results from Charter and Time Warner Cable validate this thesis of ours,” analyst Vijay Jayant, of Evercore ISI, said in a note to investors. Pay TV operators struggled in the second quarter of this year, raising fears of a spiral of subscriber losses (see Kagan: Cord-Cutters Drive Pay TV Losses To 625K). Craig Moffett, of MoffettNathanson, commented in part: “It’s time to change the narrative about cord cutting.”

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Charter-Time Warner Merger Could Boost Internet Access

Originally appears in Bowling Green Daily News
By Jackson French
October 30, 2015

With Charter Commun-ications in the process of acquiring Time Warner Cable and expressing a desire to expand on the company’s service areas, Warren County could see improvements in broadband speeds and expansion of service.

Charter can’t complete the deal without approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, said Brian Gregory, senior director of Charter’s government relations in its south region.

“We’re essentially waiting for their approval,” he said, adding that there is no anticipated date for the approval.

Multiple news agencies this week reported the deal will likely close in the first quarter of 2016. It had been anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Charter spokesman Justin Venech said Charter has added 7,000 jobs to its nationwide network since 2012 and looks to similarly expand jobs in areas the company adds to its network.

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Time Warner Opens Retail Store On Hubbards

Originally appears in Courier Journal
By Sheldon S. Shafer
November 3, 2015

Time Warner Cable is opening a “new experience store” at 291 N. Hubbards Lane in the St. Matthews area, with a grand opening Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

The new store features an innovative retail concept aimed at providing customers with exceptional customer service, “as well as providing an enhanced, hands-on experience to learn about and enjoy TWC’s suite of TV, Internet and phone services,” a news release said.

Time Warner Cable spokesman Mike Hogan said that the Charter organization will assume operation of the store when its complicated business deal with Charter is approved by federal regulators, probably within a few months.   The Metro Council has approved transferring the Metro Louisville cable franchise from Time Warner Cable to the new Charter organization.

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New Charter Fights Back Against Deal Critics

New Charter Fights Back Against Deal Critics
Originally appears in Multichannel news
By John Eggerton

Cites Reasons TWC-BHN Deal Not a Threat to Competition

Charter has told the FCC just how wrong those trying to block its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House are about what the resulting company, New Charter, would look like.

In a joint filing with the FCC Tuesday (Nov. 3) responding to petitions to deny the merger, Charter and the other merging parties said the new company would not harm video competition and that proposed unbundling and wholesale access conditions — opponents usually include what the FCC should do to “limit harms” if it does approve the deal — would be harmful.

The companies said concerns about foreclosure of competing MVPDs or online video distributors (OVDs) and any harm to the set-top-box market are similarly misplaced. It said that debt leverage should not be a concern, that they are committed to diversity–Charter is currently negotiating a memorandum of understanding to that effect with the National Hispanic Media Coalition, for example–and that the transaction will benefit low-income households.

Charter et al. said the deal will expand and improve broadband, provide advanced video options and expanding Charter’s “industry-leading commitment to an open Internet.” Charter has said it would abide by new Open Internet rules regardless of their legal fate, just as Comcast pledged in its NBCU deal.

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RFD-TV Pushes FCC to OK Charter-TWC Merger

Originally appeared in Multichannel News
By John Eggerton
October 23, 2015

Says Rural America Best Served by Combined Systems

Fresh off of an expanded carriage agreement with Charter, rural lifestyle network RFD-TV has become a cheerleader for the cable operator’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

Executives were in Washington this week to talk up the network’s good relationship with Charter, which now carries the channel on all its systems. RFD-TV even took an ad out in The Washington Post to proclaim its support, which also included comments filed with the FCC earlier this month on why the deal would “expand opportunities for the distribution of independent rural programming.”

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Charter Communications Partners With Rebuilding Together Litchfield County to Provide Critical Repairs to New Milford Home

Originally appeared in Hamlet Hub
By: Heidi Vandenbrouck
October 24, 2015

Editor’s note: when employees from local businesses volunteer their time to help fellow neighbors, it is truly heartwarming. Here, employees from Charter Communications in Stamford, travel to New Milford to work on a residential home in dire need of repair. This is a follow up to our October 13 story. Way to go Charter!

More than 25 Charter Communications employees came together this past Saturday and volunteered their time to make a difference in the life of Linda Reed, a local homeowner in the Fort Hill neighborhood of New Milford. This in support of the company’s national philanthropic initiative, Charter our Community, a program that seeks to improve 25,000 unsafe and unhealthy homes in the Charter footprint by 2020.

In conjunction with the local affiliate – Rebuilding Together Litchfield County – of Charter our Community’s national partner Rebuilding Together, Charter volunteers performed critical repairs to the Reed home. These renovations included carpentry, installation of new light fixtures, gutter cleaning, painting, landscaping, installing a new mail box and the removal of debris from the yard and basement.

The New Milford Charter our Community event not only had a positive impact on the Reed family , but Charter employees greatly benefitted from the uplifting experience. One of the Charter volunteers, Mark, commented, “It felt good to make someone’s life a little better.”

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