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Charter Communications taking down some ads after PSC dispute

Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum cable and internet services, released a statement on Thursday related to its advertising, in the wake of a heated dispute with the New York State Public Service Commission."In an effort to help bring about a resolution of outstanding disputed matters with the Public Service Commission of New York, Charter will halt airing certain advertising," the brief statment said. "We look forward to resolving all matters currently disputed with the PSC in the not too distant future."

The statement comes after state officials recently said they wanted a different company to take over the service that Charter has provided.

When the PSC last week said it was revoking its approval of the 2016 merger between Charter and Time Warner Cable, among the problems it cited were ads in which Charter talked about exceeding its commitments to the state and saying it is on track to deliver the expansion of its network.

Previously, the PSC accused Charter of failing to deliver the benefits to state residents that were part of the merger approval and Gov. Andrew Cuomo also accused Charter of violating its franchise agreement.

Charter had earlier said that Spectrum has extended the reach of its network to more than 86,000 New York homes and businesses since the merger. It also said the company remained focused on delivering faster and better broadband to more New Yorkers, as promised.

On Thursday, a spokesman for Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said that the governor believes that the announcement from Charter it was taking down the ads is a "positive step."

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's Director of News and Public Affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.
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