New York Orders Spectrum Cable To Cease Operations

USA Today reports:

New York’s utility regulators moved Friday to revoke Charter Communication’s ability to operate in the state, arguing that the state’s top cable provider hasn’t lived up to the terms of its 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable.

The Public Service Commission gave Charter 60 days submit a plan to hand over its New York operations to a new cable, internet and phone provider, rescinding the state’s previous approval of the major cable merger. Charter, which does business as Spectrum Cable in New York, has been locked in a battle with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration over the rollout of high-speed internet access in rural areas of the state.

On Friday, the commission escalated that battle by revoking its approval of the 2016 Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, which would prevent the company from operating in New York and will likely launch a prolonged court battle.