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NY extends talks with Charter over order booting cable company

The New York Public Service Commission has extended settlement talks with Charter Communications over the commission’s order booting the cable company out of the state.

The commission on Monday granted Charter, which operates under the brand name Spectrum, an additional 30 days to seek a rehearing of its July 27, 2018, order. Charter now has until March 6 to file rehearing petitions.

Charter also was given an additional 30 days, to April 3, to file a six-month exit plan.

In its July 27 order kicking Charter out of the state, the commission alleged that the company has repeatedly failed to meet a requirement that it extend its broadband network to 145,000 customers in unserved and underserved areas of the state.

The requirement was made part of the commission’s Jan. 8, 2016, approval of Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable’s New York assets and franchise, an acquisition that made Charter the biggest cable company in the state.

Charter has said it has met the commission’s build-out requirements — if its network extensions in New York City are counted. The commission says New York City is one of the most wired cities in the country and cannot be considered underserved or unserved.
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