Congressman Anthony Brindisi held a roundtable discussion in Binghamton today to hear from people that are fed up with Spectrum.
Residents in attendance voiced their complaints over price hikes and poor or complete lack of service in the more rural areas.
Brindisi recently introduced a bill, the Transparency for Cable Consumers Act.
The bill would require companies fined by a state Public Service Commission to file an annual report with the FCC.
The report would have to provide details on what they charge customers, what broadband internet speeds they provide and more.
Brindisi says there needs to be more transparency. “People keep getting squeezed by the cable company, by drug prices, by gas prices at a time when these major corporations are making off like bandits. So let’s have more oversight over these big companies so we can actually have good services for the people back here in the Southern Tier.”
Last year, Charter Communications, which owns Spectrum, was fined $2 million after failing to meet its obligation to expand broadband by an agreed-upon deadline.
Brindisi also co-sponsors the Access Broadband Act which looks to improve the government’s management of broadband resources.