Comcast Time Warner Merger

Will the NY PSC Find Comcast’s Proposed Takeover of Time Warner Cable is in the “Public Interest”?

Comcast and Time Warner  filed a Joint Petition with the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) on May 15, 2014 seeking the state regulators’ approval that is necessary to effectuate the proposed national takeover of Time Warner Cable by Comcast.  Comcast, headquartered in Philadelphia, is the largest mass media and communications company in the world by revenue, Read more…

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Time Warner Required to Provide Redacted Reports on Service Quality

Time Warner service quality has been questioned in numerous public comments regarding the pending review by the PSC of its proposed acquisition by Comcast. Phone companies are required to maintain service quality records as to several indicia of service quality, and to file regular service quality reports with the New York PSC.  PSC regulations set out Read more…

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Telephone and Broadband Universal Service, Consumer Protection, and Rate Concerns Raised at Hearing on Comcast Takeover of Time Warner

At a June 18, 2014 Public Service Commission informational forum regarding the proposed acquisition of Time Warner by Comcast, the Utility Project’s Executive Director identified concerns with the Joint Petition regarding telephone and broadband universal service, affordability, consumer protection, and rates.  He pointed out in a written Statement that Time Warner, with its 1.2 million phone customers, Read more…

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Time Warner’s VOIP Internet Phone Service in New York is a “Telecommunications Service” Requiring Just, Reasonable and Nondiscriminatory Service

The New York Times published an Op -Ed today raising numerous valid points about current efforts of telephone companies to migrate telephone service  and phone customers from traditionally regulated copper wireline service to networks using other technologies (wireless or internet) that currently are virtually unregulated by the FCC and state regulators.  See Jon Brodkin, When the Landline is Read more…

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PSC Denies Time Warner Petition to Expand Times when Phone Service May be Interrupted for Bill Collection Purposes

At its October 17, 2013 session, the New York State Public Service Commission denied the Petition of Time Warner Cable Information Services, LLC, to enlarge the times when phone service can be interrupted for bill collection purposes.  The Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc. filed initial comments in the case generally opposing most of Read more…

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New York Public Service Commission:Time Warner Telephone Disconnect Request Denied

State of New York Public Service Commission signaling its desire to protect consumers, the New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today denied Time Warner Cable Information Services, LLC’s request for a waiver of the Commission’s rules regarding the hours and days it can disconnect telephone customers who have fallen be hind on their telephone Read more…

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Albany Times Union:Hello? Hello? Hello? Hel… – Time Warner Looks To Make It Easier To Shut Non-payers’ Phones Off

Times Union — Time Warner Cable wants to make it easier to shut off your home telephone service if you fail to pay your bill, a leading consumer advocacy group says. New York City-based Time Warner Cable, which has 1 million telephone customers in New York state, asked state regulators back in May if rules regarding Read more…

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