Statement from Council Member Ben Kallos on Delay of NY State Public Service Commission Decision on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

Statement from Council Member Ben Kallos on Delay of NY State Public Service Commission Decision on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

 

The following statement can be attributed to Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan):

 

"With the third delay of the New York State Public Service Commission on a decision on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, I reiterate the call for them to protect New York and help close the digital divide by guaranteeing public benefits, including, but not limited to:

 

·         Universal broadband to bridge the digital divide, providing free wi-fi programs to NYCHA, senior, youth and community centers, and expanding affordable broadband services to all who qualify for means-based federal, state and city subsidies;

·         Improvements in infrastructure, transparency, and customer service to keep New York competitive and ensure residents have effective and reliable cable by reducing wait times, vastly improving service and reducing consumer complaints;

·         Increased transparency around interconnect transmission data to ensure compliance with Net Neutrality standards and a commitment to an Open Internet.

 

I look forward to hearing from a diverse group of New Yorkers on these issues at Public Advocate Letitia James’ hearing on Thursday, December 11."

 

Background: "State commission punts on cable merger again." Scott Waldman, Capital New York:http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/12/8558167/state-commission-punts-cable-merger-again