Author: Brent Stromberg

CPUC Approves Charter-TWC Deal

The California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved the transfer of control of various Time Warner Cable and Bright House California systems and telcos to Charter. That was the last remaining obstacle to closing the deal, which is now expected to close next week.The California [...]

Public Benefits at Center of FCC Order on Charter Merger

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has released the full text of its Charter - Time Warner Cable - Bright House Networks order, and there are significant conditions relating to two public benefit issues on which the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) commented. To enhance public [...]

Broadband: The PUC, Mergers and Public Benefits

California once again is defining a new era of public benefits from corporate consolidations in advanced communications and high-speed Internet access. Consumers and residents will be measurably better off as a result and California will move closer to closing the Digital Divide. Read More>>>

$32.5 Million from “New Charter” – Nice Work California!

As the FCC nears a decision on the proposed merger between Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, digital inclusion advocates in California have negotiated a $32.5 million deal with "New Charter" that could support broadband adoption by hundreds of thousands of low [...]

Should Low-Income Americans get Subsidized Internet? FCC will Decide

This week, the Federal Communications Commission will debate whether to expand the agency's Lifeline program, which was created in 1985 to offer low-income Americans with subsidies for telephone service. If approved, the expansion would allow low-income people to use Lifeline subsidies for Internet service. Read [...]

Charter Merger Hinges on Whether It Makes the Internet Affordable

"Charter is not just buying a big new service area - they are buying the digital divide," said Sunne Wright McPeak, president and chief executive of the nonprofit California Emerging Technology Fund, which is working to bring computers and affordable Internet connections to more California [...]