https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/27/nyre ... dband.html
Slartibartfast wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:59 pm
they're getting kicked out of NY
Looks like Cuomo currying favor with cable co. haters.
...............The Public Service Commissionâ€™s decision is the latest and most aggressive offensive in a prolonged battle between Charter, which operates under the brand name Spectrum and employs more than 11,000 New Yorkers, and Mr. Cuomo, who has accused the company of reneging on its promises to expand broadband service to rural areas of the state.
At an unrelated news conference after the decision, Mr. Cuomo said Charter had repeatedly refused the stateâ€™s efforts to hold it responsible.
â€œSome of these large corporations think they can get away with murder, right?â€ he said. â€œJust because youâ€™re a big corporation doesnâ€™t mean you can come into this state and bully the consumers of this state. Itâ€™s not going to happen.â€
In its decision, the commission invoked the language of morality, declaring in a statement that in light of the companyâ€™s â€œegregiousâ€ and â€œwholly deficientâ€ performance, it could â€œno longer in good faith and conscienceâ€ allow it to do business in New York.
Spectrum officials suggested that the move may have been politically motivated, noting that Election Day was nearing. The governor has steadily escalated his rhetoric against the company recently, as the embattled provider has fended off both Mr. Cuomoâ€™s charges of malfeasance and an unrelated workersâ€™ strike that has lasted more than a year.
â€œIn the weeks leading up to an election, rhetoric often becomes politically charged,â€ the company said in a statement. â€œBut the fact is that Spectrum has extended the reach of our advanced broadband network to more than 86,000 New York homes and businesses since our merger agreement.â€
Mr. Cuomo is facing an aggressive challenge on his left flank from the other Democratic candidate for governor, Cynthia Nixon, as well as attacks by the Republican candidate, the Dutchess County executive, Marcus J. Molinaro.
While the feud between the state and Charter has stretched over months, Fridayâ€™s decision arrived abruptly, announced after a vote at a hastily called special meeting of the commission in Albany......
The commission had previously ordered Charter to pay a $2 million fine for its slow broadband rollout. Mr. Cuomo has also threatened the company with legal action â€” a fact the governor brought up at a news conference earlier this month, where he told a reporter from NY1, Spectrumâ€™s local news affiliate, that he didnâ€™t want to argue with him because â€œI already have a lawsuit with your station, as you know.â€ The governorâ€™s office later said the comment was a joke and that he had been referring to the broadband dispute.