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US: New York City approves Time Warner Cable-Charter merger

 |  March 10, 2016

Charter Communications Inc. won approval from New York City to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc., inching closer to becoming the second-largest cable operator in the country.

The city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee approved the transfer of its contracts between the companies during a public meeting on Wednesday. New York state’s Public Service Commission regulators had given the deal a green light in January after Charter committed to increase broadband speeds, expand network access in low-income communities and improve customer service. The city’s approval came after a separate review process to determine if the acquisition is in the public interest.

“We are pleased that this merger between Charter and Time Warner Cable is moving forward in a way that ensures they will meet all franchise obligations, and as well as the conditions set forth by the PSC –- and advocated for by the city –- with respect to broadband speed, cost, and availability and job protections,” Maya Wiley, counsel to the mayor, said in a statement Wednesday.

To curry favor with city officials, Charter committed to several initiatives to increase diversity and improve public-access programming. The company agreed to appoint three minority members to its board within two years — one African American, one of Asian or Pacific Island descent and one Hispanic American. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company also said it would create the position of chief diversity officer and hire more minorities.

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