NY kicks Spectrum out of the state for 'recurring failures'

State regulators move to order Charter out of New York

NYS moves to kick Charter Communications out of state

The cable company, which was formed when Charter and Time Warner Cable merged in 2016, hadn't extended service to 145,000 homes and businesses in the state that are in unserved or underserved areas in NY, according to a ruling from the state's Public Service Commission.

New York State officials announced Friday they are taking steps to remove cable service provider Charter Spectrum from the state.

"Since that time, however, not only has Charter's performance been wholly deficient and its behavior before the Commission contrary to the laws of New York State and regulations of the Commission, but it has also repeatedly claimed not to be bound by the terms of the Commission's approval".

Spectrum reportedly failed to meet deadlines, attempted to skirt obligations to serve rural communities and used unsafe practices in the field.

"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 it concluded that Charter is "not interested in being a good corporate citizen".

"The time has come for stronger actions to protect New Yorkers and the public interest", said John Rhodes, chairman of the New York Public Service Commission.

Charter has denied failing to meet obligations to expand broadband service.

Charter also previously disputed the legal force of the merger conditions, saying that the state's powers are limited by federal law and that the state is asking for more than what Charter agreed to.

In a statement, Charter said the claims made by the commission were "politically charged" and tied to the state's election season.

A spokesman for Charter, which provides services under the Spectrum brand, said the company has extended its broadband network to more than 86,000 homes and businesses since the merger.

ALBANY, N.Y. NY regulators revoked their approval of Charter Communications Inc.'s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. today and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state.

Charter has 30 days to contest the order, which the company said it will do. We asked Charter those questions today and will update this story if we get a response.

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. Advance Publications owns Condé Nast, which owns Ars Technica.

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