NY state revokes approval of Charter-Time Warner deal

Spectrum truck

Spectrum has 30 days to contest an order to leave New York which was issued Friday by the state's public service commission

Regulators said that Spectrum, the largest cable provider in ny, failed to comply with several conditions mandated when the state approved Charter's 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable, Inc. Although Spectrum says it made its network available to over 86,000 residents, NY was planning on 145,000 businesses and homes being serviced. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has not shied away from criticizing Charter for its delays; in May, he foreshadowed regulators' decision by saying the public service commission had initiated "legal action" against the company.

A Time Warner Cable sign and logo are seen on a Time Warner Cable store in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 26, 2015.

"Charter's repeated failures to serve New Yorkers and honor its commitments are well documented and are only getting worse", Commission Chair John Rhodes said in a statement.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has argued Charter has misled customers by suggesting it has exceeded its benchmarks in rolling out broadband service to rural areas via its Spectrum cable products.

Charter also must pay the commission another $1 million in fines, on top of $2 million already paid.

"In the weeks leading up to an election, rhetoric often becomes politically charged", Charter said in a statement Friday.

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UPDATE: Charter told Ars that it plans to fight the PSC's order to sell the former Time Warner Cable system.

Charter says it has extended broadband service to 86,000 homes and businesses. They may face more penalties in the state Supreme Court.

Charter's statement did not say whether it will appeal the PSC decision, or whether it will comply with the PSC's order to sell the former Time Warner Cable system in NY.

Charter is also accused of "below standard installation and construction work" including, the commission claims, improperlyinstalling poles and leaving detached wires laying on the ground.

"These recurring failures led the Commission to the broader conclusion that the company was not interested in being a good corporate citizen and that the Commission could no longer in good faith and conscience allow it to operate in NY", the PSC said in its announcement.

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