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State Public Service Commission now investigating Spectrum

The New York State Public Service Commission has launched an investigation into Spectrum and possible violations of its franchise agreement.

Posted: May 2, 2018 4:35 PM

The New York State Public Service Commission has launched an investigation into Spectrum and possible violations of its franchise agreement.

Last week, state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi called on the PSC and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Spectrum for continued price increases, which Brindisi called “random, but widespread across the Mohawk Valley.”

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Press Secretary, Dani Lever, released a statement regarding the PSC’s investigation. According to the statement, Spectrum is obligated to provide broadband access to underserved parts of the state as part of its acquisition agreement.

"The Governor believes it is essential that corporations doing business with the State uphold their commitments, and we will not tolerate abusive corporate practices or a failure to deliver service to the people,” Lever’s statement reads. "Large and powerful companies will be held to the same standard as all other businesses in New York. The Spectrum franchise is not a matter of right, but is a license with legal obligations and if those are not fulfilled, that license should be revoked."

Charter Communications, which operates its services under the Spectrum branding, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the PSC’s investigation:

"Charter is bringing more broadband to more people across New York State. We exceeded our last buildout commitment by thousands of homes and businesses. We’ve also raised our speeds to deliver faster broadband statewide. We are in full compliance with our merger order and the New York City franchise, and we will fight these baseless actions vigorously."

Brindisi reacted to the investigation news on Wednesday saying he hopes the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission will step in and “better vet monster mergers and better protect the little guy and gal along the way.” He says he is not finished with this issue, and he will continue fighting it.

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