Charter Will ‘Go Further’ Than FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules in Merger With Time Warner Cable

Tom Rutledge Charter Communications CEO
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Charter Communications said that it will commit to principles of net neutrality, such as no blocking or throttling of traffic, as part of its planned merger with Time Warner Cable and acquisition of Bright House Networks.

The cable company also promised not to engage in paid prioritization, in one of several commitments it made in a public interest statement for its proposed transaction filed with the FCC on Thursday.

Charter announced its planned merger with TW Cable last month, just weeks after Comcast abandoned its proposed transaction.

In a listing of the benefits of the transaction, Charter said that it will “go further” than the FCC’s recent net neutrality order by agreeing not to impose data caps or usage-based pricing.

The company also said that it will make “comprehensive and significant investments” in its broadband network, with TW Cable and Bright House customers getting at least 60 Mbps download speeds, as well as all-digital cable networks. The broadband service will be priced on its current model, which is less expensive than comparable offerings from TW Cable and Bright House.

Charter will “create thousands of U.S.-based jobs” by hiring customer service call center and field technician operators, and returning TW Cable’s call centers to the United States.

Charter plans to engage in “reasonable and nondiscriminatory” interconnection practices, and submit any disputes to the FCC on a case-by-case basis. In its net neutrality rules, the FCC included oversight over interconnection practices.

Internet service providers have filed court challenges to the FCC’s move to reclassify the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service, a regulatory maneuver to impose robust net neutrality rules.

Charter also said that it will invest “significantly” in Wi-Fi, with more than 300,000 out-of-home access points.

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  1. IT 2 IT says:

    Been MAN ENOUGH to CHECK OUT ‘The COOKING of HUMANITY’ yet?

    The unelected, unauthorized, un and ANTI Constitutional, –PRIVATE– globalist mafia
    corporate FCC is inflicting sleep disrupting, cancer and cardiac event ‘friendly’
    frequencies on the public.

    EUGENICS is literally ON the GO!

    • RealTalk says:

      I wish we had a eugenics program 20 years ago to prevent your washed up abortion self from coming on the scene

    • I Care says:

      You are just a brat…this is not the wild wild west…take your craziness and horse it out of town….because the new sheriff is the FCC. I don’t feel any of what you are talking about! period!

  2. “In a listing of the benefits of the transaction, Charter said that it will “go further” than the FCC’s recent net neutrality order by agreeing not to impose data caps or usage-based pricing”

    I’d get that in writing. Also, for how long? A year, 5 years? I want hard numbers

    • Charter has been providing High speed internet access without Data Caps or usage based pricing for many years already. It is something they advertise and have been doing all along.

      Do you have reason to think the leopard will change his spots?

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