ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators have approved a settlement with Charter Communications resolving a dispute over rural broadband.
The state’s Public Service Commission endorsed the deal Thursday.
Under the terms, Charter must follow through on promises to provide broadband to 145,000 upstate customers — an investment estimated to exceed $600 million — and pay the state $12 million for other broadband projects.
Regulators voted last year to rescind approval for Charter’s 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable following concerns it wasn’t meeting promises to expand high-speed internet.
Charter has said the settlement would prevent the possibility of a costly legal battle.
The Stamford, Connecticut-based Charter, which does business as Spectrum, agreed last year to give refunds and free services to settle allegations that Time Warner hadn’t delivered promised internet speeds.
Charter Communications released a statement saying:
“We’re pleased the PSC has approved the agreement, and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers and expanding the availability of high-speed broadband in New York State. We thank the PSC, Chairman Rhodes, the commissioners and staff for working with us throughout this process.”Andrew Russell, director of communitcations for Charter Communications