NY gives Charter Spectrum another extension to leave state

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Charter Spectrum has a little more time left in New York.

The Public Service Commission granted Charter Spectrum another extension to come up with a plan on how to leave the state.

Commissioners did not seem pleased to be in the same spot again, but the extension passed 3 to 1. 

“I do not want to be here again voting on this issue,” James Alesi, a Public Service Commissioner, said.

“I am impatient. What I’m looking for is the broadband Charter promised to upstate residents,” Gregg Sayre, a Public Service Commissioner, said.

The Commission ruled in July that Charter Spectrum failed its agreement to expand its network to rural areas. They told Spectrum it had 60 days to come up with a six-month exit plan, which is why Diane Berman says she voted no on the extension. 

“This is a broken process,” Berman said.

Berman says that the original ruling of the commission did not leave room for a settlement, so she is worried they are sending the wrong message.

“It was you are done, tell us how you are going to be done and goodbye, good luck. We’re going to court.”

Chair of the Commission John Rhodes says Spectrum was the one to approach them about a settlement. Spectrum also pulled the TV ads that were in question as a sign of good faith, so the commission says they want to continue negotiations.

“Do we have the latitude to explore the options that might be the best ones for New York and legally we do,” Rhodes said.

A spokesperson for Spectrum says that “they are pleased about the recent decision as talks progress.”  

Spectrum now has until Nov. 26 to file for a rehearing and until Dec. 24 to file an exit plan.

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