Time Warner Cable Appeals FOIL Ruling Requiring Release of Broadband Plans, Service Quality Information

The Utility Project is urging dismissal of the petition for takeover of Time Warner Cable by Comcast for a number of reasons, including the failure adequately to address plans for working toward affordable, universal, high speed broadband.  See UTILITY PROJECT URGES NY PSC TO DISMISS COMCAST/TIME WARNER MERGER PETITION OR REQUIRE AMENDMENT AND NEW COMMENT PROCESSAugust 25, 2014.

In a September 3, 2014 ruling, a PSC Administrative Law Judge ruled that information including broadband plans and customer service staffing filed with the PSC by Time Warner Cable is not a trade secret and must be released under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).  See ALJ RULES THAT TIME WARNER’S NEW YORK BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT PLANS MUST BE DIVULGED UNDER FOIL   See also, WHAT COMCAST AND TIME WARNER DON’T WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW.

On September 15, 2014, Time Warner Cable appealed the A:J’s decision to the Commission Secretary, who makes final FOIL decisions for the PSC. As a consequence the Time Warner Cable broadband plans filed with the PSC are not public at this time.

Gerald Norlander

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