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New York orders Charter to scrap ads on Friday

August 24, 2018

A New York regulator ordered Stamford-based Charter Communications to take down on Friday all advertising in the New York region that give the impression the company is making substantial investments in upstate New York to expand access to its Spectrum broadband services.

In its order, the N.Y. Department of Public Service described Charter ads as “misleading” and noted its previous determination that Charter fell short in building out broadband access after acquiring Time Warner Cable in 2016.

New York revoked last month its prior approval of the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger and fined Charter $1 million for several violations that Charter has disputed.

“We believe we’re in compliance with the plain reading and the build-out requirements that the state imposed on us in merger conditions,” said CEO Tom Rutledge in a July 31 conference call. “We have a very strong legal case and ability to defend ourselves, and it could play out over a lengthy period of time if required.”

Includes prior reporting by Paul Schott.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman

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