"Access to broadband is the great equalizer in today's society. For rural and upstate communities to be economically and socially competitive, they need broadband coverage and the access and opportunities it provides. That is why the state has established the goal of 100% Broadband for All and has committed $500 million to make that a reality. It is also why the Public Service Commission expressly conditioned its approval of the acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Charter Communications in 2016 on Charter's commitment to bring broadband coverage to 145,000 customers in less densely populated areas of the State.
"Regrettably, rather than honor its commitment, Charter, doing business in the state under the name Spectrum, has repeatedly failed to meet its obligations, particularly to rural areas, where building out broadband is more expensive. It has also engaged in a campaign to deceive the public into believing that it is exceeding its commitment to the state through misleading advertising about its performance. The Public Service Commission represents and serves the people of New York. It should not be intimidated by a media giant interested only in its profits rather than the well-being of the people."