There’s less than 60 days until the New York Public Service Commission says Charter Spectrum has to sell off its cable service in the state.
NewsChannel 34’s Morgan McKay has the latest developments.
“Some of these larger corporations think they can get away with murder.”
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,” said Cuomo
Charter Spectrum now has less than two month to find a new service provider for their customers. And so a group of 25 Assemblymembers led by Pat Fahy, drafted a letter asking that the company chosen next 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 their in our largest urban areas or in our rural areas,” said Fahy.
But 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 unprecendented 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,” said Fahy.
Spectrum still has less than a month to appeal the state’s decision to revoke their service agreement.