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Brindisi meets with residents to discuss cable issues

(WBNG) — New York regulators kicked Spectrum out of the state this past summer. The Public Service Commission revoked the merger that created spectrum, saying it didn’t live up to its agreements.

Public Service Commission documents show back in February, Charter Communications filed for an extension to stay in the state. That was granted.

Another extension was filed on March 6. That was granted as well, as Charter says it continues to negotiate, and create the framework for a settlement, appearing to be getting closer to an agreement to stay in New York.

Democratic Congressman Anthony Brindisi is speaking out against Spectrum.

“To keep on setting these deadlines is not good for consumers. The state needs to act on spectrum, and they need to act now, because consumers continue to get squeezed by higher prices and poor internet service,” said Brindisi. “These companies have made promises to expand into those under-served areas and if they’re not living up to those commitments i think their agreement and ability to do business in this state should be revoked.”

On Monday, he heard from residents of the Southern Tier who face these cable provider issues, firsthand.

Nina Simmonds of the Town of Binghamton says she has no cable at all.

“I also have to keep a landline for the internet and because cell service is really bad out there too,” said Simmonds.

Simmonds is not only a resident with issues, she runs a business breeding race horses on a 60-acre farm.

“We can’t always be right there by the landline. I’ve got a farm, sometimes 120 horses, I can’t sit by the landline phone to get information,” said Simmonds.

She attended Brindisi’s round table event because she says Spectrum is holding her business back.

“It’s just impossible to do business today in this kind of environment let alone to expand and improve your business,” said Simmonds.

Brindisi’s Transparency for Cable Consumers Act would require cable companies, like Spectrum, to report what they charge, internet speeds, and other information to the Federal Communications Commission.

We’ve reached out to Spectrum about the extension process, and about Congressman Brindisi’s round table today, but the company had no comment.

Annie Flaherty

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