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Helen Hubbard 2016-05-18
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On Wednesday, Charter Communications completed its massive purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which means that America s newest three-headed cable monster has finally hatched out of its $65.5 billion egg.

It will also see the cannibalization of one of America s most hated companies: a Charter spokesman told Bloomberg that the Time Warner Cable name will soon disappear altogether, folded into Charter s Spectrum brand.

But as Gizmodo has pointed out more than once, the deal has some potentially bad consequences for customers.

Though it was subject to a number of regulatory conditions, including a limit on data caps and an agreement not to charge streaming companies like Netflix special fees, these conditions are only in place for seven years.

Charter claims that it will maintain a superior product set at highly competitive prices, but such a massive conglomeration can and should leave consumers feeling a little uneasy.

Larger, more powerful companies, which Charter has just become, means less space for the small companies—and that, of course, means consumers will no doubt get screwed over in the end.

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James Talbot 2016-05-18
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Cole Marshall

Charter Communications today said it has closed its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks following approvals from the Federal Communications Commission and regulators in California, the final state that had to sign off on the deal.

Charter's announcement today said, "The completion of the transactions will drive investment into the combined entity's advanced broadband network, resulting in faster broadband speeds, better video products, more affordable phone service, and more competition for consumers and businesses."

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge will continue to lead the expanded company, while Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus will exit, reportedly with $92 million in severance pay after two and a half years at the helm.

Federal regulators imposed conditions on the deal to boost broadband competition and prevent the newly expanded Charter from trying to shut out competition from online video.

Within five years, Charter is required to bring broadband of at least 60Mbps download speeds to an additional 2 million customer locations, of which 1 million must be in competition against at least one other high-speed provider.

The conditions will be imposed for seven years.

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Lillian Barnwell 2017-08-03
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Earlier this year, Charter Communications finalized its deal to absorb Time Warner Cable and buy out Bright House Networks, becoming the second largest cable company behind the monolith that is Comcast.

Well it seems as though lots of former Time Warner Cable customers are learning of the joys of being a Charter customer, complete with fancy new cable packages that happen to be more expensive than the ones they were already in.

At the moment, just 30 percent of former TWC and Bright House customers have been migrated to Charter’s own pricing and package structure.

Plenty of subscribers have reported pricing hikes, and Charter’s CEO has been bullish on the prospect of bumping the company’s acquired customers up to packages that will help boost Charter’s bottom line.

Customers have reported price jumps of anywhere from $10 to as much as $40 or more, depending on their previous level of service with TWC or Bright House.

The overarching theme here is that Charter believes its newly purchased customer base wasn’t paying enough for their cable service to begin with, so they’re simply correcting things.

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Brian Christy 2017-08-03

After Charter closed the acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in May 2016, it moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people paying higher prices.

"Before the merger, Charter had about 6.8 million customers; afterward, Charter had 25.4 million customers in 41 states and became the second-largest U.S. cable company after Comcast," reports Ars Technica.

From the report: Charter came up with new prices and packages, and many customers saw their bills rise when their previous discounts expired and they were switched to non-promotional pricing.

Now, 30 percent of the ex-TWC and ex-Bright House customers are paying different -- and often higher -- prices.

Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge provided the update in an earnings call last week (hat tip to FierceCable).

According to a Seeking Alpha transcript, Rutledge said: "In June, we finished the rollout of our new pricing, packaging, and branding across our national footprint with the last launch of Spectrum in Hawaii.

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Corey Matthew 2017-02-17
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Charter Communications lost 105,000 TV subscribers in former Time Warner Cable territory in Q4 2016, the second straight quarter of video customer losses since acquiring TWC.

The loss of 105,000 video subscribers in TWC territory is in sharp contrast to TWC's premerger performance in Q4 2015, when it gained 54,000 video subscribers, according to Charter's earnings report released yesterday.

Charter gained 20,000 video subscribers in its premerger territory in Q4 2016, and gained another 34,000 video subscribers in the former territory of Bright House Networks, which it also acquired last year.

That left Charter with a quarterly loss of 51,000 video subscribers, while a year ago the three premerger companies gained a total of 118,000 in the same period.

Three months ago, Charter reported similar video subscriber losses for Q3 2016 and blamed them on "legacy pricing and packaging issues," saying that TWC customers were "mispriced."

That seemed to indicate that price increases drove the video subscriber losses in the third quarter.

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Michael Lofton 2016-05-18
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Rumors began circulating on that Charter would be the one to seal the deal, and now, a year after announcing plans to merge, Charter and Time Warner Cable have merged, and as part of a separate deal, it has also acquired Bright House Networks.

The amount paid surprised some financial analysts a year ago, according to Bloomberg, who said that French telecom Altice s interest in Time Warner Cable drove up the price.

New Charter will be led by Charter s Tom Rutledge, serving as president and CEO.

I am very pleased that Tom Rutledge will be the CEO of the new company, Bright House CEO Steve Miron said.

Tom recognizes the importance of placing a high priority focus on customer care drawing from the expertise of all three companies, and I believe this will be a strong pillar of the new company s culture.

Updated on 05-18-2016 by Parker Hall: Updated to reflect the fact that the merger has been completed.

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Brian Plymel 2018-10-23

Cable provider Charter will increase a half-dozen of its surcharges and fees for all Spectrum customers beginning in November.

The hiked cost of bill items like “broadcast TV surcharge” and more expensive cable box rentals, among other changes, could result in some customers paying “an additional $7.61 a month” according to the Asheville Citizen Times.

Ars Technica also reported on the pending increase.

The new rates “will affect all markets,” the company has confirmed.

There are two changes to bill surcharges:

• Broadcast TV surcharge: The cost Charter passes on to you for carrying ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC on Spectrum goes up from $8.85 to $9.95/month.

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Lamont Shaw 2017-04-03
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Pai slices away 'overbuild' condition on Time Warner Cable gobble

US comms watchdog the FCC has voted to eliminate a key provision in Charter Communications's merger deal with Time Warner Cable that required it to expand into new markets.

The commission on Monday revoked the 'overbuild' clause in the 2016 approval deal for the $78.7bn merger that brought both TWC and Bright House Networks under the Charter banner.

Part of the original deal included the requirement that Charter expand its newly merged cable service into markets it had not previously served.

Known as an 'overbuild' clause, it would force Charter to offer cable to at least two million households it had not covered before, one million of which would be in areas where at least one provider is already operating, adding competition to areas deemed "underserved."

While Charter had agreed to the condition to get the merger through, cable industry groups have come out against the provision, arguing that it unfairly forces smaller local carriers to have to compete with the largest cable provider in the country, while also keeping Charter from improving its existing service in other areas.

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Daniel Martin 2017-04-03
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You might see less competition for your broadband services dollars given a new FCC ruling regarding Charter's merger agreement.

The new Republican-led United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has upended a few rules imposed by the Democratic former FCC chairman, including removing an opt-in requirement allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to sell web browsing information.

Now, the FCC has removed a requirement regarding a recent major merger between two industry giants.

Specifically, the FCC has turned its sights on a requirement that was imposed when Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks were joined.

The change alters how Charter is required to make its broadband internet services available to new customers, as Reuters reports.

According to the original ruling, Charter would need to offer service to 2 million potential new broadband subscribers within five years, as part of its agreement in receiving FCC approval for the merger.

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David Reilly 2017-08-28
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Editor’s Note: We first published this article in 2011.

We updated it in August 2017, below.

Internet service providers provide online access with a variety of technologies, speeds, and prices.

Its plans start at a one-year promo rate of $29.99 per month for 10 Mbps, with the regular rate at $64.95 per month.

AT Fiber, delivering speeds starting with a 1 Gbps, starts at $80 per month.

It is the second largest cable operator in the U.S. by subscribers, having acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016.

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Michael Smith 2018-07-31
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You already knew that home broadband competition is sorely lacking through much of the US, but a new report released today helps shed more light on Americans who have just one choice for high-speed Internet.

Comcast is the only choice for 30 million Americans when it comes to broadband speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream, the report says.

Yet many Americans are even worse off, living in areas where DSL is the best option.

These details are in "Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and Telecom," a report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).

Some 48 million households (about 122 million people) subscribe to these cable companies, whereas the four largest telecom companies combined have far fewer subscribers—only 31.6 million households (about 80.3 million people).

The large telecom companies have largely abandoned rural America—their DSL networks overwhelmingly do not support broadband speeds—despite years of federal subsidies and many state grant programs."

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Edmond Garcia 2016-05-18
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Subscription TV providers Mediacom Communications and Time Warner shared last place with a score of 51 out of a possible 100.

The same is being done with Bright House Networks LLC, which Charter purchased in conjunction with Time Warner for $10.4 billion.

David VanAmburg, ACSI s managing director, said it s not surprising that Charter wants to rebrand Time Warner as it has scored better than Time Warner in recent years.

It won t be a cakewalk, however, as VanAmburg said data suggests leaps-and-bounds improvement could be difficult.

The announcement came shortly after Comcast dropped its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner due to regulator pushback.

The failed merger ultimately cost the two companies more than half a billion dollars.

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Wayne Konwinski 2017-10-19
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Customizable DOCSIS 3.1/OFDM test tools bundled with true spectrum analyzer for quickly verifying and troubleshooting next generation HFC networks

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 19, 2017–

Deviser Instruments, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality, feature-rich, network field-test solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) and equipment manufacturers, today announced the launch of the DS2831 Digital TV Spectrum Analyzer Family for facilitating a smooth transition to OFDM/DOCSIS 3.1 networks.

The spectrum analyzer is being unveiled at the upcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (Booth 331) in Denver Colorado on October 19th and has been announced as a finalist for the Broadband Technology Report’s Diamond Technology Review Awards.

View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005894/en/

Featuring the latest technology, the DS2831 affords outstanding performance to the CATV engineer.

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William Carter 2016-05-18

The new Charter Communications is the second-biggest broadband provider in the country, after Comcast Corp. CMCSA -0.12 % , and the third-largest pay-TV company, serving more than 17 million video customers, trailing AT Inc. T -0.73 % and Comcast.

As part of the transaction, Charter also agreed to acquire smaller operator Bright House Networks.

The company will be led by Tom Rutledge, chief executive of the legacy company.

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission said it had formally voted to approve the acquisition while imposing tough operating restrictions on it.

The conditions placed on the merger will help mitigate threats to online video competition that could be exacerbated by cable-industry concentration, officials said.

Some consumer groups criticized the deal, but it drew less concern than a similar proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable last year.

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Gary Wynn 2017-08-03
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Charter Communications has moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired in a blockbuster merger onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people paying higher prices.

Charter closed the acquisitions of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks in May 2016.

Before the merger, Charter had about 6.8 million customers; afterward, Charter had 25.4 million customers in 41 states and became the second-largest US cable company after Comcast.

At the time, Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge explained that the TWC video customer base was "mispriced" and needed to be moved "in the right direction."

Charter came up with new prices and packages, and many customers saw their bills rise when their previous discounts expired and they were switched to non-promotional pricing.

Rutledge provided the update in an earnings call last week (hat tip to FierceCable).

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Mark Alexander 2016-06-10
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In exchange for approval to buy the cable companies, Charter agreed to compete against other ISPs by building new networks in cities and towns already served by high-speed Internet providers.

Charter has five years to comply.

Cable companies from Comcast on down generally don't compete against each other to begin with, but mergers eliminate the slim possibility that they could compete in the future.

NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association made arguments similar to the ACA's in its petition, saying the FCC also failed to give the public sufficient notice of the residential build-out requirement before adopting it.

The group also believes the FCC did not fully consider the merger condition before imposing it, and the petition gives commissioners time to fix what the NTCA says is a bad idea, according to Canfield.

There is also a third petition to remove the overbuild requirement and other conditions filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank.

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Helen Hubbard 2016-05-18
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On Wednesday, Charter Communications completed its massive purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which means that America s newest three-headed cable monster has finally hatched out of its $65.5 billion egg.

It will also see the cannibalization of one of America s most hated companies: a Charter spokesman told Bloomberg that the Time Warner Cable name will soon disappear altogether, folded into Charter s Spectrum brand.

But as Gizmodo has pointed out more than once, the deal has some potentially bad consequences for customers.

Though it was subject to a number of regulatory conditions, including a limit on data caps and an agreement not to charge streaming companies like Netflix special fees, these conditions are only in place for seven years.

Charter claims that it will maintain a superior product set at highly competitive prices, but such a massive conglomeration can and should leave consumers feeling a little uneasy.

Larger, more powerful companies, which Charter has just become, means less space for the small companies—and that, of course, means consumers will no doubt get screwed over in the end.

Lillian Barnwell 2017-08-03
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Earlier this year, Charter Communications finalized its deal to absorb Time Warner Cable and buy out Bright House Networks, becoming the second largest cable company behind the monolith that is Comcast.

Well it seems as though lots of former Time Warner Cable customers are learning of the joys of being a Charter customer, complete with fancy new cable packages that happen to be more expensive than the ones they were already in.

At the moment, just 30 percent of former TWC and Bright House customers have been migrated to Charter’s own pricing and package structure.

Plenty of subscribers have reported pricing hikes, and Charter’s CEO has been bullish on the prospect of bumping the company’s acquired customers up to packages that will help boost Charter’s bottom line.

Customers have reported price jumps of anywhere from $10 to as much as $40 or more, depending on their previous level of service with TWC or Bright House.

The overarching theme here is that Charter believes its newly purchased customer base wasn’t paying enough for their cable service to begin with, so they’re simply correcting things.

Corey Matthew 2017-02-17
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Charter Communications lost 105,000 TV subscribers in former Time Warner Cable territory in Q4 2016, the second straight quarter of video customer losses since acquiring TWC.

The loss of 105,000 video subscribers in TWC territory is in sharp contrast to TWC's premerger performance in Q4 2015, when it gained 54,000 video subscribers, according to Charter's earnings report released yesterday.

Charter gained 20,000 video subscribers in its premerger territory in Q4 2016, and gained another 34,000 video subscribers in the former territory of Bright House Networks, which it also acquired last year.

That left Charter with a quarterly loss of 51,000 video subscribers, while a year ago the three premerger companies gained a total of 118,000 in the same period.

Three months ago, Charter reported similar video subscriber losses for Q3 2016 and blamed them on "legacy pricing and packaging issues," saying that TWC customers were "mispriced."

That seemed to indicate that price increases drove the video subscriber losses in the third quarter.

Brian Plymel 2018-10-23

Cable provider Charter will increase a half-dozen of its surcharges and fees for all Spectrum customers beginning in November.

The hiked cost of bill items like “broadcast TV surcharge” and more expensive cable box rentals, among other changes, could result in some customers paying “an additional $7.61 a month” according to the Asheville Citizen Times.

Ars Technica also reported on the pending increase.

The new rates “will affect all markets,” the company has confirmed.

There are two changes to bill surcharges:

• Broadcast TV surcharge: The cost Charter passes on to you for carrying ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC on Spectrum goes up from $8.85 to $9.95/month.

Daniel Martin 2017-04-03
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You might see less competition for your broadband services dollars given a new FCC ruling regarding Charter's merger agreement.

The new Republican-led United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has upended a few rules imposed by the Democratic former FCC chairman, including removing an opt-in requirement allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to sell web browsing information.

Now, the FCC has removed a requirement regarding a recent major merger between two industry giants.

Specifically, the FCC has turned its sights on a requirement that was imposed when Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks were joined.

The change alters how Charter is required to make its broadband internet services available to new customers, as Reuters reports.

According to the original ruling, Charter would need to offer service to 2 million potential new broadband subscribers within five years, as part of its agreement in receiving FCC approval for the merger.

Michael Smith 2018-07-31
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You already knew that home broadband competition is sorely lacking through much of the US, but a new report released today helps shed more light on Americans who have just one choice for high-speed Internet.

Comcast is the only choice for 30 million Americans when it comes to broadband speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream, the report says.

Yet many Americans are even worse off, living in areas where DSL is the best option.

These details are in "Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and Telecom," a report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).

Some 48 million households (about 122 million people) subscribe to these cable companies, whereas the four largest telecom companies combined have far fewer subscribers—only 31.6 million households (about 80.3 million people).

The large telecom companies have largely abandoned rural America—their DSL networks overwhelmingly do not support broadband speeds—despite years of federal subsidies and many state grant programs."

Wayne Konwinski 2017-10-19
img

Customizable DOCSIS 3.1/OFDM test tools bundled with true spectrum analyzer for quickly verifying and troubleshooting next generation HFC networks

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 19, 2017–

Deviser Instruments, Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality, feature-rich, network field-test solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) and equipment manufacturers, today announced the launch of the DS2831 Digital TV Spectrum Analyzer Family for facilitating a smooth transition to OFDM/DOCSIS 3.1 networks.

The spectrum analyzer is being unveiled at the upcoming SCTE Cable-Tec Expo (Booth 331) in Denver Colorado on October 19th and has been announced as a finalist for the Broadband Technology Report’s Diamond Technology Review Awards.

View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005894/en/

Featuring the latest technology, the DS2831 affords outstanding performance to the CATV engineer.

Gary Wynn 2017-08-03
img

Charter Communications has moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired in a blockbuster merger onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people paying higher prices.

Charter closed the acquisitions of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks in May 2016.

Before the merger, Charter had about 6.8 million customers; afterward, Charter had 25.4 million customers in 41 states and became the second-largest US cable company after Comcast.

At the time, Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge explained that the TWC video customer base was "mispriced" and needed to be moved "in the right direction."

Charter came up with new prices and packages, and many customers saw their bills rise when their previous discounts expired and they were switched to non-promotional pricing.

Rutledge provided the update in an earnings call last week (hat tip to FierceCable).

James Talbot 2016-05-18
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Cole Marshall

Charter Communications today said it has closed its acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks following approvals from the Federal Communications Commission and regulators in California, the final state that had to sign off on the deal.

Charter's announcement today said, "The completion of the transactions will drive investment into the combined entity's advanced broadband network, resulting in faster broadband speeds, better video products, more affordable phone service, and more competition for consumers and businesses."

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge will continue to lead the expanded company, while Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus will exit, reportedly with $92 million in severance pay after two and a half years at the helm.

Federal regulators imposed conditions on the deal to boost broadband competition and prevent the newly expanded Charter from trying to shut out competition from online video.

Within five years, Charter is required to bring broadband of at least 60Mbps download speeds to an additional 2 million customer locations, of which 1 million must be in competition against at least one other high-speed provider.

The conditions will be imposed for seven years.

Brian Christy 2017-08-03

After Charter closed the acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in May 2016, it moved 30 percent of the customers it acquired onto new pricing plans, resulting in many people paying higher prices.

"Before the merger, Charter had about 6.8 million customers; afterward, Charter had 25.4 million customers in 41 states and became the second-largest U.S. cable company after Comcast," reports Ars Technica.

From the report: Charter came up with new prices and packages, and many customers saw their bills rise when their previous discounts expired and they were switched to non-promotional pricing.

Now, 30 percent of the ex-TWC and ex-Bright House customers are paying different -- and often higher -- prices.

Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge provided the update in an earnings call last week (hat tip to FierceCable).

According to a Seeking Alpha transcript, Rutledge said: "In June, we finished the rollout of our new pricing, packaging, and branding across our national footprint with the last launch of Spectrum in Hawaii.

Michael Lofton 2016-05-18
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Rumors began circulating on that Charter would be the one to seal the deal, and now, a year after announcing plans to merge, Charter and Time Warner Cable have merged, and as part of a separate deal, it has also acquired Bright House Networks.

The amount paid surprised some financial analysts a year ago, according to Bloomberg, who said that French telecom Altice s interest in Time Warner Cable drove up the price.

New Charter will be led by Charter s Tom Rutledge, serving as president and CEO.

I am very pleased that Tom Rutledge will be the CEO of the new company, Bright House CEO Steve Miron said.

Tom recognizes the importance of placing a high priority focus on customer care drawing from the expertise of all three companies, and I believe this will be a strong pillar of the new company s culture.

Updated on 05-18-2016 by Parker Hall: Updated to reflect the fact that the merger has been completed.

Lamont Shaw 2017-04-03
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Pai slices away 'overbuild' condition on Time Warner Cable gobble

US comms watchdog the FCC has voted to eliminate a key provision in Charter Communications's merger deal with Time Warner Cable that required it to expand into new markets.

The commission on Monday revoked the 'overbuild' clause in the 2016 approval deal for the $78.7bn merger that brought both TWC and Bright House Networks under the Charter banner.

Part of the original deal included the requirement that Charter expand its newly merged cable service into markets it had not previously served.

Known as an 'overbuild' clause, it would force Charter to offer cable to at least two million households it had not covered before, one million of which would be in areas where at least one provider is already operating, adding competition to areas deemed "underserved."

While Charter had agreed to the condition to get the merger through, cable industry groups have come out against the provision, arguing that it unfairly forces smaller local carriers to have to compete with the largest cable provider in the country, while also keeping Charter from improving its existing service in other areas.

David Reilly 2017-08-28
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Editor’s Note: We first published this article in 2011.

We updated it in August 2017, below.

Internet service providers provide online access with a variety of technologies, speeds, and prices.

Its plans start at a one-year promo rate of $29.99 per month for 10 Mbps, with the regular rate at $64.95 per month.

AT Fiber, delivering speeds starting with a 1 Gbps, starts at $80 per month.

It is the second largest cable operator in the U.S. by subscribers, having acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016.

Edmond Garcia 2016-05-18
img

Subscription TV providers Mediacom Communications and Time Warner shared last place with a score of 51 out of a possible 100.

The same is being done with Bright House Networks LLC, which Charter purchased in conjunction with Time Warner for $10.4 billion.

David VanAmburg, ACSI s managing director, said it s not surprising that Charter wants to rebrand Time Warner as it has scored better than Time Warner in recent years.

It won t be a cakewalk, however, as VanAmburg said data suggests leaps-and-bounds improvement could be difficult.

The announcement came shortly after Comcast dropped its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner due to regulator pushback.

The failed merger ultimately cost the two companies more than half a billion dollars.

William Carter 2016-05-18

The new Charter Communications is the second-biggest broadband provider in the country, after Comcast Corp. CMCSA -0.12 % , and the third-largest pay-TV company, serving more than 17 million video customers, trailing AT Inc. T -0.73 % and Comcast.

As part of the transaction, Charter also agreed to acquire smaller operator Bright House Networks.

The company will be led by Tom Rutledge, chief executive of the legacy company.

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission said it had formally voted to approve the acquisition while imposing tough operating restrictions on it.

The conditions placed on the merger will help mitigate threats to online video competition that could be exacerbated by cable-industry concentration, officials said.

Some consumer groups criticized the deal, but it drew less concern than a similar proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable last year.

Mark Alexander 2016-06-10
img

In exchange for approval to buy the cable companies, Charter agreed to compete against other ISPs by building new networks in cities and towns already served by high-speed Internet providers.

Charter has five years to comply.

Cable companies from Comcast on down generally don't compete against each other to begin with, but mergers eliminate the slim possibility that they could compete in the future.

NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association made arguments similar to the ACA's in its petition, saying the FCC also failed to give the public sufficient notice of the residential build-out requirement before adopting it.

The group also believes the FCC did not fully consider the merger condition before imposing it, and the petition gives commissioners time to fix what the NTCA says is a bad idea, according to Canfield.

There is also a third petition to remove the overbuild requirement and other conditions filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank.