New York authorities have moved Spectrum, the largest television and Internet of the country (19659004) The public service commission of the state said on Friday that the cable company Charter Communications ( The company operates Spectrum, thereby omitting the obligations that it was received when the state approved its merger with Time Warner Cable in 201 )
The commission gives Charter 60 days to create an exit plan from New York, and has ordered the company to pay $ 3 million in penalties. The company has to provide an uninterrupted service while the state switches to a new service provider, according to the Commission.
Charter has 30 days to challenge the contract, and the company said it plans to fight the decision.
In a statement, Charter said the Commission's allegations were "politically charged" and tied to the election season of the state. The company said its employees "continue to focus on providing more New Yorkers with broadband faster and better, as we promised."
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Charter provides more than 2 million people in New York, including New York City, digital cable television, broadband Internet and telephone service.
The Commission claims that the Charter has repeatedly failed to meet the deadlines for improving Internet speed and is trying to circumvent obligations to provide high-speed Internet to rural communities.
This promise was one of the "most critical" conditions attached to the merger approval, the commission argued in an online order on Friday.
According to Charter, broadband services can be used for 86,000 homes and businesses.
In addition, State Public Service lawyers will impose fines of $ 100,000 per day until the company meets its promise to expand connectivity for homes and businesses with slow or no Internet connectivity. The prosecutors are planning an enforcement action in the New York court.
Charter is also accused of being "under normal installation and construction work", including the Commission Incorrectly concerns the installation of masts and the laying of detached wires lying on the ground.
"These repeated failures have led the Commission to conclude that the company was not interested in being a good corporate citizen and that the Commission would no longer have a good faith and conscience to work in New York "the commission said in a press release.
It is unclear which company would step in to provide service to New Yorkers if Charter were forced to cease operations in that state.
CNNMoney (New York) First published on July 27, 2018: 7:17 pm ET