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Charter agrees to expand rural broadband under deal with NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WBNG) — Charter Communications will expand broadband internet access upstate under a tentative deal with New York regulators.

Under the proposed agreement, Charter will roll out broadband service to 145,000 upstate customers before October 2021 and pay $12 million to expand service in especially underserved rural areas.

The state’s Department of Public Service announced the deal Friday. If formally approved by regulators the agreement would resolve a dispute between the state and Charter over upstate broadband access.

In a statement, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said the settlement negates the need for a costly legal battle with the state.

Charter, which does business as Spectrum, merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016. Last year Charter agreed to give customers refunds and free services to settle allegations that Time Warner hadn’t delivered on promised internet speeds.

The telecommunications giant had been granted multiple extensions by the state on a plan to get out of New York State.

A Charter spokes person sent the following statement to 12 News in response to the agreement:

“Charter and the Department believe that this action is an important step forward in making high-speed broadband available to all New Yorkers.  It allows the parties to move forward with the critical work of expanding access to broadband, by resolving their disagreements without the need for costly litigation.  As a result, Charter will invest even more money in New York State than originally planned, bringing the educational, economic and social benefits of high-speed broadband to areas where access is often limited.”

You can read the documents from the New York State Public Service Commission:

*Associated Press contributed to this report


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