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Charter Spectrum and New York regulators are locked in a bitter swept over the broadband extension and whether the company can continue to operate in the state.
Jon Campbell, jcampbell1@gannett.com

ALBANY – State Regulators and Charter Spectrum completed a settlement Thursday after year over the cable company's expansion of high-speed internet across New York.

State Public Service The Commission voted 3-1 to approve a compromise reached between the military sides in April, ending years of litigation and harsh words between the cable giant and New York.

"With the agreement for 2019 and today's order, from my perspective, the public interests of New Yorkers are in a much better place today than where things stood a year ago, said the agency's lawyer John Sipos to the commission's members. [19659005] The agreement concludes New York's threats that started a year ago to try to evict New York Charter if it does not fulfill its promises to improve its broadband services, especially in rural and underprivileged parts of the state.

What It Means To Customers

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in Manhattan at a meeting against the Charter Spectrum on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Governor's Office, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Charter has decided to double its investment in upstate New York, which in 2016 was estimated at $ 305 million. It should help reach 145,000 homes and businesses in New York, the commission has estimated.

The extension should be completed by September 30, 2021, and Charter will also add another $ 12 million to expand the broadband service to an additional 45,000 upstate addresses.

The company has about 2.2 million customers in New York, according to the Public Prosecutor's Office.

There was no immediate comment Thursday from Stamford, Conn. -Based company, but it said in the April agreement "is an important step forward to making high-speed broadband available to all New Yorkers."

What's Happening Next

New York regulators approved the merger in 2016 between Charter Spectrum and Time Warner Cable with the secret that Charter would expand broadband to 145,000 homes in virtually rural by state.

While the charter said it was fulfilling its goals, Gov confessed. Andrew Cuomo and the Public Service Commission, led to litigation and voting to throw the company out of state.

The battle also came when the company continues to be engaged in an association battle with 1,800 striking utility workers in New York City.

Cuomo regularly sits with the association and called for a settlement.

On Thursday, the members of the Commission raised the issue of the association struggle.

Commission Decision

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Charter Spectrum Tuesday, December 18, 2018 reached a record $ 174.2 million with the State Attorney's Internet Fraud Officer's Office.
Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

Board Member Tracey Edwards said the commission should encourage a Union act and say to the workers in strike, it can prevent Charter's ability to reach its new internet extension targets.

"While we cannot weigh on one side or the other, it is to our advantage that they come to some sort of resolution," she said. "Otherwise how will we be able to get this done and keep it to the timeline?"

But board member Diane Burman took the issue with whole charter negotiations and said she still has concerns about the deal, how it was reached, and what the association's influence was on over growth.

She was the only one without voice and said, "I cannot vote in good conscience for a problem process."

Board member James Alesi, the former Republican senator from the Rochester area, said he didn't like the process, but said the final deal would be good for New Yorkers. He voted yes.

"I have no regrets about voting on this issue," Alesi said. "I always put my trust in me, enough if I reasonably asked it, in the department and management."

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