Spectrum New York Days Are Numbered
On Friday, July 28, the state’s public commission said Spectrum did not live up to its end of the deal when they merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016. Charter Communications which operates Spectrum was suppose to deliver high-speed internet and failed to do so after two years.
The commission is giving charter Communications 60 days to come up with a plan to leave New York without uninterrupted service. The state would transition to a new service provider within that time frame ensuring customers not to be without internet. These changes would affect over 2 million people in which Charter Communications provide internet and phone service to.
New York State Public Service Commission chair John B. Rhodes said in a statement: “Charter’s non-compliance and brazenly disrespectful behavior toward New York State and its customers necessitates the actions taken today seeking court-ordered penalties for its failures, and revoking the Charter merger approval.”
The commission is also slapping Charter Communications with $3 million in penalties and claim Charter has repeatedly missed deadlines for upgrading their internet speeds. Non acceptable internet speeds isn’t the only reason for the decision to release Charter, but also “below standard installation and construction work” as stated by the Commission.
“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 New York,” the commission said in a press release.
In response a spokesperson released the following statement, “In the weeks leading up to an election, rhetoric often becomes politically charged. But the fact is that Spectrum has extended the reach of our advanced broadband network to more than 86,000 New York homes and businesses since our merger agreement with the PSC. Our 11,000 diverse and locally based workers, who serve millions of customers in the state every day, remain focused on delivering faster and better broadband to more New Yorkers, as we promised.”
As the Spectrum New York marriage possibly comes to an end, there is no word on which internet provider would replace Spectrum.