PSC seeks input on Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger

By Anna Norris

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PSC seeks input on Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Public Service Commission is seeking public input on the Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger proposal.

Under the proposal, Comcast will acquire Time Warner Cable’s equity in exchange for Comcast class A shares.

As previously announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 19, the commission is conducting an investigation to determine whether the proposed merger is in the best interest of Time Warner’s New York customers and the state as a whole.

Three separate hearings will be held in Buffalo, Albany and New York City, giving the public an opportunity to present their comments. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 16
SUNY Buffalo Student Union Theater
106 Student Union Buffalo, NY
6:00 pm: Informational Forum
7:30 pm: Public Statement Hearing

Wednesday, June 18
SUNY Albany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY
6:00 pm: Informational Forum
7:30 pm: Public Statement Hearing

Thursday, June 19
NYS Department of Public Service
90 Church St. New York, NY
6:00 pm: Informational Forum
7:30 pm: Public Statement Hearing

It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance or to present written material in order to speak at the public statement hearings. Speakers will be called after completing a card requesting time to speak.

Disabled persons requiring special accommodations may place a collect call to the Department of Public Service’s Human Resources Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711 to reach the Department of Public Service’s Human Resource Office at the previously mentioned number.

Outside of the three hearings, the commission will also accept public input via email, mail or phone call. Comments should be sent in no than July 31, but will be accepted throughout the proceeding.

Comments may be sent by email to secretary@dps.ny.gov.

They can also be mailed or delivered to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350.

Comments should refer to “Case 14-M-0183, Petition of Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc.”

The public may also call the commission’s opinion line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending cases from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should press “1” to leave comments, mentioning the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

A full copy of the petition may be viewed here by searching for case number 14-M-0183.

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