If you think Charter Communications is going to get booted out of New York without a fight, think again.
Charter, which provides television, broadband and telephone service under the Spectrum brand, was ordered by the New York State Public Service Commission on Friday to cease operating its cable franchises in the state within six months.
The commission said Charter, the largest cable company in New York, has repeatedly failed to meet its obligations to extend its broadband network to the state's rural areas. It gave the company 60 days to submit a plan for the transition to another cable provider or providers.
In its second quarter earnings report Tuesday, the company repeated its position that it is meeting its build-out obligations — and said it is prepared for a lengthy legal battle.
"Charter has substantial defenses and appeal rights regarding the actions of the PSC and is aggressively defending against these unprecedented actions," it said. "We expect these proceedings to continue for up to several years."