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Clock is ticking for Spectrum to find new provider for NY customers

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - With less than sixty days to go now until Charter Spectrum has to find a new service provider for the state, residents across the state are wondering what's next.

“Some of these larger corporations think they can get away with murder,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The clock is ticking down for Charter Spectrum since the state determined that the company failed to uphold it's agreement after the merger, by failing to increase internet speed and broadband services.

“They made certain representations to get the franchise, they have not lived up to those representations.”

Charter Spectrum now has less than two months to find a new service provider for their customers. And so a group of 25 Assemblymembers led by Pat Fahy (D-Albany), drafted a letter asking that the next company be required to observe net neutrality principles.

Fahy says this is important especially in rural areas where there is often only one service provider available

“We want to make sure that the customers are going to be served in the most equitable way possible, whether they're in our largest urban areas or in our rural areas,” Assemblywoman Fahy said.

The details of switching internet providers for the hundreds of thousands of homes across the state is daunting, even just looking at infrastructure costs alone.

Assemblywoman Fahy says the state has been talking to other providers but calls it an unprecedented task.

“It is a huge market so I would think there would be a lot of interest but I know it's also expensive. The emphasis the governor has placed on broadband services, those are not cheap.

Spectrum still has less than a month to appeal the state's decision to revoke their service agreement.


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