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NYS gives Spectrum the boot for its 'failures to serve New Yorkers'

July 27, 2018 - 3:04 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York State announced Friday that Spectrum, whose corporate parent is Charter Communication Inc., will soon no longer be allowed to serve customers in the Empire State.

Spectrum offers cable, internet and telephone services to two million subscribers across the state. It also operates the 24-hour channel NY1.

The state made the move because it said Charter failed to meet its obligations that were stipulated when the state approved Charter's 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable. 

The New York Public Service Commission said Spectrum has failed to meet various deadlines, and has attempted to avoid its obligations to serve rural communities and unsafe practices in the field.

The commission's chair John Rhodes said in a statement, "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. "Charter's non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitate the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval."

Spectrum is required to continue operations for 60 more days without interruptions in service, as the state transitions to a successor provider.

The state is also seeking $3 million in penalties from the company.